10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Hampshire


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Granite State for 2019.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in New Hampshire and is updated for 2019.

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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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in New Hampshire for 2019:

  1. Laconia (Photos)
  2. Rochester (Photos)
  3. Plymouth (Photos)
  4. Manchester (Photos)
  5. Somersworth (Photos)
  6. Lebanon (Photos)
  7. Littleton (Photos)
  8. Keene (Photos)
  9. Franklin (Photos)
  10. Claremont (Photos)

So what is the most dangerous city in New Hampshire? After analyzing 69 cities in New Hampshire, Laconia takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in New Hampshire based on the most recent FBI data.

For 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.

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:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In New Hampshire

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In New Hampshire For 2019

Laconia, NH

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,616
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 463 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,418 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Laconia:  Data | Photos

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.

Rochester, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 30,441
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 476 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,294 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Rochester:  Data | Photos

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.

Plymouth, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,303
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 333 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,426 (1st most dangerous)
More on Plymouth:  Data | Photos

Plymouth’s recent explosion of crime makes it the 3rd most dangerous place to live in the Granite State.

Between 2015-17, both violent and property crime rates nearly tripled, leaving residents with a 1 in 300 chance of being the victim of a violent crime and a 1 in 29.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017.

If the trend continues, we can expect to see the town of Plymouth top this list in a few years’ time.

Review Of Plymouth by HomeSnacks User

I went to Plymouth State University for 4 years, and I can say this list is confusing it with Portsmouth. PORTSMOUTH is in the southeastern corner of the state, and I can believe that city is seeing an increase in crime- my parents live there currently and they say the opioid crisis is pretty thriving there. Not to say that it doesn`t also exist in Plymouth, but Plymouth is a small college town up in central NH near the mountains, and when I went to school there, I didn`t notice any severe preponderance of crime. Plymouth is a beautiful little town with a great view of the mountains from the university library, and is just down the road from the stunning Lakes Region and some great ski resorts. I thought PSU was a good school too, lots of focus on environmental science.

As for crime in Plymouth, I bet a lot of it comes from the college students, who like to bar hop down on the main drag and do occasionally get too drunk and get into fights. Break-ins did happen, but normally off-campus and, as is the case in most places, you had to be associated with bad eggs to really get any trouble. Just stay away from the frat/sorority houses and be safe out at bars.

Roadsnacks should clear up this confusion, though. I`m not sure if you meant Plymouth or Portsmouth.

The Lucky Dog restaurant and bar is a great place to go out- at least, it was 8 years ago, I`ve barely been back since. The Pemigewasset River also runs through the town, and that`s a great river to go rafting on.

Manchester, NH

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 110,655
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 673 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,625 (6th most dangerous)
More on Manchester:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Manchester by HomeSnacks User

The only bad I can say about New Hampshire is the winters can be brutal and the drug issues in the southern part of the state I will say that everyone I know who can work, does. No taxes unless you own a home or buy hot food, great restaurants, people are friendly but not so much so that it’s annoying, and if you love hot winters but still love skiing, this is the state for you. It’s a well balanced state and I can’t imagine living in any other state.

Any place but Manchester is a beautiful and quaint place to live. Unfortunately there us a drug crisis going on in Manchester that has yet to be solved.

Somersworth, NH

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,795
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 339 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,933 (4th most dangerous)
More on Somersworth:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Somersworth by HomeSnacks User

I have been a resident of Somersworth, NH for nearly three years now. I *chose* to live here, for 1,000 reasons that do not fit these narrow-minded metrics. However, I will not take issue with that. What I will dissect is the text written here about my chosen home.

According to the chatter weve read on forums, this ranking is valid. People complain about drug dealing, s*x clubs and other nefarious behavior. Fact is, Somersworth is the second most dangerous city you can live in New Hampshire.”||||-“Chatter we’ve read on forums.” Is this the scientific research that you speak of- Nice.

“Theres a lot of Section 8 housing here, and apparently, you have to stay away from certain areas of downtown.There was a murder in town in 2013, and you have a 1 in 25 chance of being the victim of a robbery, most likely a car or home break in. Yikes.”

I love the scientific correlation between Section 8 and rampant crime. Gosh, those Section 8 tenants should just be dropped off into the ocean and the world would be a better place. Oh shoot – that’s in Portsmouth. G*d forbid someone who was down on their luck wander a toe over into the precious mecca of everything awesome and beautiful. ||||”The fact remains there are far better options if you want to commute into Portsmouth.”

Speak of the devil! Well, you know life would have many far better options if the entire populous of Somersworth received a 500% pay grade increase. Perhaps instead of fleeing the treacherous wastelands described here, those shiny new tax dollars could go into making Somersworth shiny and beautiful.”

Lebanon, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 13,577
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 294 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,460 (7th most dangerous)
More on Lebanon:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Lebanon by HomeSnacks User

Very little crime, good schools. Traffic at it worst is mild.

Excellent hospitals. good restaurants. Fair theaters and nice parks

Littleton, NH

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,871
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 16)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 289 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,043 (12th most dangerous)
More on Littleton:  Data | Photos

Littleton, located in Grafton County, is the 7th most dangerous and 8th most violent city in New Hampshire.

Violent crime has remained high from 2015-17, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.

Keene, NH

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,386
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 235 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,907 (5th most dangerous)
More on Keene:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Keene by HomeSnacks User

Plenty of schools for education, parks, bike paths. Events live music in summer

Panhandlers, no public restroom. Broken sidewalks and curbs. Potholes galore.

Franklin, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,444
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 343 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,575 (17th most dangerous)
More on Franklin:  Data | Photos

Coming in as the 9th most dangerous city in New Hampshire is Franklin.

While violent crime has been steadily dropping in recent years, with a 10% total drop in violent crime from 2015-17, property crime went up by nearly the same rate during this interval.

That left residents of Franklin a 1 in 1263.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017, and a 1 in 291 chance of being the victim of violence.

Review Of Franklin by HomeSnacks User

Theres nothing to do in the down really /nothing to bring people to our town. THE SCHOOL STiNk specially the Franklin middle school they dont give a f about any of there students really that say they try to help but make things worse most of the time, a lot of them are rude and they hire bad teachers and cut a lot of programs kids like if its not convenient for them to keep because of budget kits, a lot of the teachers swear and also theres a lot of drama in the town

favorite places are the library because its like a safe place and also at the parks and at the rec watch out

Claremont, NH

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,893
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 255 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,086 (11th most dangerous)
More on Claremont:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Claremont by HomeSnacks User

If a person is looking to move to a state for a growing family, NH is probably not for them. Only those of us with professional occupations can even get a decent job here, and then nowhere near the pay youd get elsewhere. Hubby and I moved to Colebrook when we each got out of the Air Force we only stayed there a year, as that place didnt even have a national store chain of any kind. We then moved to Claremont, where we raised our kids for the next 10 years. I am a nurse, hubby was a lab tech at the time, so finding jobs was very easy. We love that our children grew up with great schools, clean neighborhoods, and nice people. I feel I should mention that were a multiracial family, but never got nasty looks, etc. for it.

How Is Your Town In ?

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.

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:

  1. Nottingham (Pop. 5,046)
  2. Atkinson (Pop. 6,876)
  3. Sandown (Pop. 6,368)

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In New Hampshire?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Laconia 16,616 463 3,418
2 Rochester 30,441 476 3,294
3 Plymouth 6,303 333 3,426
4 Manchester 110,655 673 2,625
5 Somersworth 11,795 339 2,933
6 Lebanon 13,577 294 2,460
7 Littleton 5,871 289 2,043
8 Keene 23,386 235 2,907
9 Franklin 8,444 343 1,575
10 Claremont 12,893 255 2,086

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7 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Hampshire

  1. The only reason my hometown of laconia even registers on this list is the fact that bike week is held here every year. Our population doubles from tourists and everyone gets drunk and stupid.

    1. The biggest reason laconia is on here is because of the drug problem, along with unemployment and lazy people on disability that dont need it. Dont blame bike when most of the crime happens the rest of the year not during bike week.

    2. Yah okay , Born and raised in Laconia. Crime that happens on “THAT” week is done mostly by the people who live in the area. Dad’s a police officer.

  2. You obviously missed Pittsfield. Property & Violent crime are high due to the fact that when people are released from the NH State Prison and the NH State Hospital, they generally go to Concord, Pembroke (Suncook), Franklin and “Pittsfield”.

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