Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in New Hampshire?
We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.
No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of New Hampshire — and anyone looking to move to New Hampshire — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.
The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Granite State for 2019:
- Laconia (Photos)
- Rochester (Photos)
- Plymouth (Photos)
- Manchester (Photos)
- Somersworth (Photos)
- Lebanon (Photos)
- Littleton (Photos)
- Keene (Photos)
- Franklin (Photos)
- Claremont (Photos)
After analyzing 69 cities in New Hampshire, why did Laconia take the top spot?
For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.
Or learn more about the safest places in New Hampshire.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In New Hampshire
How we determined the most dangerous cities in New Hampshire for 2019?
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 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.
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 cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 69 cities in New Hampshire.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 69 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 — Laconia.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in New Hampshire.
Laconia takes 1st because of its 3rd place finish for violence.
Located in central New Hampshire, 30 miles north of Concord, Laconia experienced rise in violent crime between 2015-17.
This left residents with a 1 in 215 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 29.3 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.
Another city on the eastern edge of the state, Rochester is the 2nd most dangerous city in New Hampshire overall.
While violent crime dropped, the improvement was completely nullified when 2017’s property crime statistics were even higher than recent years.
The 3rd place ranking for most dangerous in New Hampshire goes to Plymouth .
Residents have a 1 in 300 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which means rape, murder or aggravated assault. That’s pretty high, but for a state like New Hampshire, that’s just unacceptable.
Additionally, if you live in Plymouth, you have a 1 in 29.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That’s a lot of stolen laptops, cell phones and tractor implements.
There were 0 murders in Plymouth in 2017.
Located in south-central New Hampshire, Manchester is the largest city in the state, as well as the largest city in northern New England.
While the city has been named one of the most affordable in the region by several sources, its status as the 4th most violent city in the state might mar that fact.
Between 2015-17, violent crime went up, leaving residents with a 1 in 148 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017; that’s considerably higher than most places on the list.
Located on the eastern edge of New Hampshire, bordering Maine, Somersworth has the smallest area of any city in the state.
The 10 sq. mile Somersworth saw a total of 346 property crimes in 2017, which calculates out to a 1 in 34.1 chance of being a victim of theft.
Somersworth ranked 5th for violent crime.
From 2015-17, Lebanon experienced an enormous jump in instances of violent crime, leaving residents with a 1 in 339 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.
Property crime also went up during this period, meaning that, if trends continue, Lebanon will climb this list in no time.
Littleton ranks as the 7th most dangerous city in New Hampshire.
Over 5,871 people jam pack Littleton which must contribute to its high level of property crime (12th highest overall). Violent crime is a bit less of an issue placing 8th overall.
Located in the southwestern corner of the state in Cheshire County, Keene has the 5th worst rate of property crime in New Hampshire.
Instances of property crime went up between 2015-17, with 2017’s rate being 1 in 34.4.
Violent crime also went up during this time period to 16th worst overall, which didn’t quite get Keene into the top ten most violent cities in the state.
Franklin residents faced a 1 in 291 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017 and a 1 in 63.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime — both statistics that have barely changed in recent years.
It’s the 4th most violent city.
Located on the western edge of New Hampshire in Sullivan County, Claremont hasn’t experienced much of a change in its crime statistics recently.
Its relatively poor violent crime statistics went up between 2015-17, while property crime fell by a very small amount to 269 occurrences.
Locking It All Up In New Hampshire
The latest FBI crime data shows that Laconia ranks as the most dangerous city in New Hampshire for 2019.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Laconia and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in New Hampshire:
- Nottingham (Pop. 5,046)
- Atkinson (Pop. 6,876)
- Sandown (Pop. 6,368)
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In New Hampshire