These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Hampshire For 2019


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

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Granite State 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)

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.

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

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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In New Hampshire

Most Dangerous Cities In New Hampshire Graph

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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, 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

6
/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

Coming in 3rd is Plymouth, a city of over 6,303.

With residents facing a 1 in 300 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017, Plymouth ranked 6th for that criteria.

Property crime now ranks 1st in New Hampshire.

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.

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.

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.

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 is the 57th largest and 7th most dangerous city in New Hampshire.

Residents have a 1 in 48.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime each year, and chances of a violent crime now stand at 1 in 345, making Littleton quite a dangerous place to be.

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.

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

Franklin might be one of the smallest city to make this list, but it proves that small towns can be every bit as dangerous as big cities.

Franklin has seen their property crime statistics drop by over 10% from 2015-17.

Still, for every year you’re within Franklin city limits, you face a greater than 1 in 63.5 chance of being robbed.

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.

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:

Detailed List Of 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
11 Conway 9,946 251 2,252
12 Seabrook 8,816 238 2,450
13 Concord 42,942 277 1,918
14 Newport 6,344 283 1,560
15 Farmington 6,858 247 1,866
16 Belmont 7,293 191 1,905
17 Berlin 10,489 238 1,334
18 Portsmouth 21,607 203 1,388
19 Gilford 7,191 139 2,350
20 Nashua 88,102 170 1,350
21 Wolfeboro 6,189 193 1,131
22 Alton 5,334 224 1,031
23 Salem 29,013 141 1,533
24 Hampton 15,524 180 1,294
25 Hillsborough 5,954 184 1,276
26 Plaistow 7,695 116 1,884
27 Pembroke 7,115 154 1,321
28 Epping 6,978 143 1,347
29 Hooksett 14,274 133 1,401
30 Meredith 6,404 140 1,233
31 Goffstown 18,057 188 996
32 Peterborough 6,568 167 883
33 Derry 33,382 113 1,090
34 Exeter 14,807 195 661
35 Raymond 10,347 115 1,005
36 Dover 31,344 111 1,017
37 Wakefield 5,613 106 1,015
38 Rindge 5,883 101 1,019
39 Jaffrey 5,211 153 671
40 Hanover 11,443 78 1,031
41 Weare 8,935 156 593
42 Hudson 25,212 103 991
43 Londonderry 26,254 110 815
44 Loudon 5,506 108 762
45 Bedford 22,623 53 1,074
46 Hampstead 8,625 115 672
47 Newmarket 9,003 133 544
48 Rye 5,425 73 829
49 Milford 15,330 97 671
50 Amherst 11,250 44 897
51 Pelham 13,513 88 636
52 Chester 5,068 59 690
53 Hollis 7,838 76 497
54 Merrimack 25,675 23 716
55 Barrington 8,981 66 501
56 New Ipswich 5,248 38 705
57 Auburn 5,449 18 715
58 Durham 16,751 53 495
59 Stratham 7,452 40 536
60 Windham 14,686 40 503
61 Bow 7,820 51 409
62 New Boston 5,618 53 355
63 Brookline 5,304 56 282
64 Kingston 6,185 48 291
65 Hopkinton 5,629 17 479
66 Litchfield 8,508 23 329
67 Nottingham 5,046 0 495
68 Atkinson 6,876 14 407
69 Sandown 6,368 15 266

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5 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Hampshire For 2019

  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.

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