The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Hampshire For 2022


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Granite State for 2022.

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New Hampshire may have some of the most friendly people and be one of the most laid back states in the country, but living in the Granite State does come with a set of risks.

That's right, New Hampshire has some pretty dangerous places and RoadSnacks is here to tell you just where those places are located: we've created a list of the most dangerous places in New Hampshire for 2022.

How'd we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 70 cities. We looked at the FBI's latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 5,000 residents. We discovered that New Hampshire's overall violent and property crime numbers, while above the national average, the numbers in the state's most dangerous places could be better.

If you asked most New Hampsherites, they would say that their little corner of this New England state is the best, but that's not the case for the people who live in New Hampshire's most dangerous places. The residents in these places are not only witnessing high crime, they are dealing with unemployment, low wages, and lack of rehabilitation programs. This is shocking because New Hampshire is the wealthiest state in the country. Do we think that the state needs to reevaluate their income and sales tax break so that they can start to take care of their problems? We're not entirely sure, but one thing we know is that the trickle down effect must be stopping after New Hampshire's best cities are compensated.

Have we piqued your interest? Want to know where the places with high crime are located in New Hampshire? Keep reading.

The Most Dangerous Cities In New Hampshire For 2022

  1. Manchester
  2. Rochester
  3. Conway
  4. Littleton
  5. Somersworth
  6. Belmont
  7. Farmington
  8. Concord
  9. Keene
  10. Laconia

People always ask why we produce lists of the most dangerous places in each state. Well, we do it to show the public how to navigate the places that most people don't want to visit, but still want to know the gossip. And, unfortunately, there always has to be a number one.

So, what city is the number one most dangerous place to live in New Hampshire for 2022? Well according to the FBI data we crunched, Manchester is the most dangerous place to live in the Granite State.

So, if you want to know where the most dangerous places in New Hampshire are located, take a look at the list below. And if you don't find what you're looking for there, head to the bottom.

Learn more about the safest places in New Hampshire.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In New Hampshire For 2022

Compared to the other safe cities in New Hampshire, Manchester is the most dangerous. It is one of the most populous cities in the state, with 113,018 current residents. In 2020, there were 2,096 cases and 2,560, making it a place where your residence or stuff are in danger.

In the state of New Hampshire, Manchester is highest in violent crimes. Its central location along the Merrimack River puts it within an hour or so of Boston, Massachusetts. While it might also have a reputation for small business and successes with new retailers in downtown, its nickname of Queen City underplays the danger of living there.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 113,018
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 592 (Most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,265 (Fourth most dangerous)
More on Manchester:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Manchester, NH

Source: Public domain

Rochester is the second dangerous city in New Hampshire. Although its overall murder rate is low, it has a significant number of property crimes, violent crimes and aggravated assaults. You have a 1 in 33 chance of being involved in a violent or property crime here.

It is so dangerous that it outranks both larger cities and smaller towns in its overall crime rate. In reporting year 2020, Rochester had 72 crimes and 873 crimes in. Not all of this crime is centered downtown.

Located in the southeast part of the state, the Lilac City is one of the largest in New Hampshire. It is located close to the White Mountains.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 31,762
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 226 (Fifth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,748 (Third most dangerous)
More on Rochester:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Rochester, NH

Despite New Hampshire's reputation for being a safe place to live with your family, Conway might be an exception. Its large tourism industry and seasonal resident population contribute to its growing crime rate, as many of the crimes are committed against out of town visitors. In 2020, Conway ranked number 1 for rapes, 6 for property crimes, and as fifth highest for overall crimes.

It is the most populous community in Carroll County, with around 20% of the county's population living there. It is located near the White Mountain National Forest and the popular Echo Lake State Park. Visiting climbers like to visit Cathedral Ledge.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,269
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 223 (Sixth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,976 (Sixth most dangerous)
More on Conway:  | Crime Report

Conway, NH

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While Littleton, New Hampshire has a population of just 5,862, it is ranked number 38 for murders and 2 for violent crimes. It continues to be in our fourth spot with little hope of becoming a safer place to live. In fact, it has more murders each year than cities three times its size.

It is a popular travel destination for outdoor enthusiasts that want to ski, hike, or bike. But if you want to visit Littleton's historic Opera House or the world's longest candy counter, it might be safest to do so during the day while traveling through town on your way to a safer destination in New Hampshire.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,862
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 255 (Second most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,620 (12th most dangerous)
More on Littleton:  | Crime Report

Littleton, NH

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In Somersworth, New Hampshire, you are more likely to be the victim of property crime or larceny than to get struck by lightning or to face a tax audit. In data year 2020, the residents of Somersworth suffered from 396 property crimes and 366 cases of larceny. For a population of 12,005 residents, this makes Somersworth highest for total crime.

While it is not the safest place to live, it is one of the most affordable places to live. This might explain some of the crimes against property that are prevalent in this area.

It is conveniently located about an hour north of Boston and within close proximity to historic Portsmouth. It shares a border with Maine along the Salmon Falls River.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 12,005
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 166 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,298 (Most dangerous)
More on Somersworth:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Somersworth, NH

In the Lakes Region in southern New Hampshire lies Belmont, a small town of 7,342 with a history as a small mill community. Despite feeling like a quiet community, it ranks seventh highest in violent crimes and number 7 in burglaries. In Belmont, you have a 1 in 51 chance of being involved in a crime.

The situation in Belmont does not appear to be getting any better, as both violent and property crimes have consistently increased since 2016. Prior to this, Belmont actually had a lower rate of crime than in many other parts of New Hampshire. Its crime rate is still lower than the national average.

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 7,342
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 204 (Seventh most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,729 (Ninth most dangerous)
More on Belmont:  | Crime Report

Belmont, NH

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Farmington sounds rural. Like, if you were creating a video game for little kids and needed a name for your farming town, you'd probably call it "Farmington." And yes, the community has a small-town charm today -- sporting a population of just 7,003.

But, despite the name, the community actually has something of an industrial past, at one time selling itself as "The Shoe Capital of New Hampshire." It's even the birthplace of a vice president of the United States -- Henry Wilson, who served under Ulysses S. Grant in the 1870s.

These days? Well, shoe production has mostly moved overseas and the town's reputation has shifted somewhat. Today, it's known as the number 7 most dangerous spot in New Hampshire. This comes with a high rate of burglaries and violent crime.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,003
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 228 (Fourth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,513 (13th most dangerous)
More on Farmington:  | Crime Report

Concord ranks 3rd in population and tenth highest in total crime, which makes it one of the most dangerous cities in the state of New Hampshire. In the last ranking, it was tenth lowest. The local government and law enforcement professionals have worked to reduce the amount of crime in the city.

Residents love to shop on Loudon Road and downtown, where the crime levels might be slightly higher. Most of the crimes in the area are property crimes and larceny, with 727 property crimes and 626 instances of larceny in 2020.

Concord is the capital city of New Hampshire and the location of the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 43,737
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 192 (Ninth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,662 (Tenth most dangerous)
More on Concord:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Concord, NH

Keene, New Hampshire is known for repeating its world record for setting the most jack o lanterns on display at once during New Hampshire's annual pumpkin festival. However, the city is also known as one of the most dangerous. At the time of this writing, Keene ranks eighth highest for total crime in all of New Hampshire.

Overall, Keene is more dangerous than most of the other cities in New Hampshire, although not that dangerous for the country overall. This college town will still feel safe for the students of the two colleges located there: Keene State College and Antioch University New England. Despite the relative safety risk, there are a lot of things to do in Keene that keep tourists visiting the area, such as Mount Monadnock and the unique Hannah Grimes Marketplace.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 22,707
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 167 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,739 (Seventh most dangerous)
More on Keene:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Keene, NH

Located near lakes and mountains, the picturesque beauty of Laconia, New Hampshire hides the fact that it is the tenth most dangerous city in the state. With a whopping 495 per year, there is a very large number of property crimes for its relatively small population of 16,669. This makes Laconia #2 in property crimes and #2 in overall crimes for 2022.

While most of the crime is centered in the downtown area and its surroundings, this doesn't make the other parts of town particularly safe. The town continues to try to clean up its crime rate but it hasn't been successful. Combined with an overall lack of employment opportunities, you probably won't find Laconia on our best places to live in New Hampshire list.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,669
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 137 (21st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,969 (Second most dangerous)
More on Laconia:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Laconia, NH

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous cities in New Hampshire for 2022?

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2020 data, specifically the 2020 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2022.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered New Hampshire cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 70 cities in New Hampshire.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 70 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one "Dangerous Index".

Finally, we ranked every city on the "Dangerous Index" with the lowest index being the most dangerous in New Hampshire -- Manchester. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.

Most Dangerous Places To Live In New Hampshire FAQs

Is New Hampshire a dangerous state?

No, New Hampshire is not a dangerous state as it ranks as the #1 safest state in the United States based on our analysis of the latest FBI Crime Data. The violent crime rate in new hampshire ranks 49th highest in the United States -- 62.25% better than US average violent crime rate. The property crime rate in the Granite State ranks 49th highest in the United States -- 43.88% better than US average property crime rate. The latest reporting year from the FBI was 2020.

Is Manchester, NH a dangerous city?

No, Manchester is not a dangerous city. Manchester ranks as the #155 safest out of 320 major cities over 100,000 people in the United States based on our analysis of the latest FBI Crime Data. Keep in mind that are always safe and dangerous parts of any city, so even though Manchester might be considered safe you still need to be aware of where you are.

Compared to other big cities, the violent crime rate in Manchester ranks 116th highest in America -- 8.0% worse than US average violent crime rate. The property crime rate in the ranks 178th highest in the United States -- 14.71% better than US average property crime rate. Note the latest reporting year from the FBI was 2020 and that no city in America is 'dangerous'. Despite the uptick in murders, it's nothing like you'd see in Tijuana or Caracas where the murder rate is 2x any American city.

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In New Hampshire

Most Dangerous Cities In New Hampshire Graph

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Summary: Locking It All Up In New Hampshire

So what is the most dangerous city in New Hampshire? After analyzing 70 cities in New Hampshire, Manchester takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in New Hampshire based on the most recently reported FBI data -- 2020.

The latest FBI crime data shows that Manchester ranks as the most dangerous city in New Hampshire for 2022.

We want to point out again that there's still safes places in Manchester and that this isn't a comment on the people that live there. So please don't beat us up.

People always ask why we produce lists of the most dangerous places in each state. Well, we do it to show the public how to navigate the places that most people don't want to visit, but still want to know the gossip. And, unfortunately, there always has to be a number one.

So, what city is the number one most dangerous place to live in New Hampshire for 2022? Well according to the FBI data we crunched, Manchester is the most dangerous place to live in the Granite State.

So, if you want to know where the most dangerous places in New Hampshire are located, take a look at the list below. And if you don't find what you're looking for there, head to the bottom.

Learn more about the safest places in New Hampshire.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

Here are the safest cities in New Hampshire:

  1. Rye (Pop. 5,495)
  2. Hopkinton (Pop. 5,781)
  3. Hollis (Pop. 8,040)
  4. Litchfield (Pop. 8,682)
  5. New Boston (Pop. 5,966)
  6. Windham (Pop. 15,017)
  7. Kingston (Pop. 6,500)
  8. Sandown (Pop. 6,620)
  9. Weare (Pop. 9,124)
  10. Atkinson (Pop. 7,196)

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Crime By City In New Hampshire

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Manchester 113,018 592 2,265
2 Rochester 31,762 226 2,748
3 Conway 10,269 223 1,976
4 Littleton 5,862 255 1,620
5 Somersworth 12,005 166 3,298
6 Belmont 7,342 204 1,729
7 Farmington 7,003 228 1,513
8 Concord 43,737 192 1,662
9 Keene 22,707 167 1,739
10 Laconia 16,669 137 2,969
11 Newport 6,342 141 1,624
12 Claremont 12,887 108 2,017
13 Meredith 6,484 185 1,033
14 Lebanon 13,709 145 1,466
15 Plymouth 6,850 145 1,328
16 Hillsborough 6,001 183 933
17 Berlin 10,140 138 1,272
18 Portsmouth 22,032 113 1,334
19 Seabrook 8,871 78 1,735
20 Peterborough 6,736 118 1,039
21 Hampton 15,570 147 854
22 Gilford 7,258 82 1,501
23 Franklin 8,711 103 1,044
24 Pembroke 7,212 194 596
25 Nashua 89,671 119 912
26 Alton 5,343 243 467
27 Derry 33,555 119 867
28 Wakefield 5,799 120 775
29 Salem 29,943 70 1,092
30 Loudon 5,675 88 863
31 Dover 32,480 73 969
32 Hudson 25,748 85 823
33 Jaffrey 5,258 190 418
34 Wolfeboro 6,433 155 435
35 Exeter 15,448 103 621
36 Hooksett 14,668 40 988
37 Plaistow 7,738 64 697
38 Goffstown 18,098 60 640
39 Rindge 6,100 49 770
40 Milford 16,561 60 634
41 Auburn 5,662 35 918
42 Londonderry 26,812 55 634
43 Bow 8,032 74 460
44 Brookline 5,506 90 363
45 Henniker 5,039 79 416
46 Pelham 14,373 41 612
47 Hampstead 8,654 57 450
48 Hanover 11,498 43 504
49 Merrimack 26,602 18 699
50 Newmarket 9,192 76 348

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our ninth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in New Hampshire and is updated for 2022.

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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