10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Hampshire For 2020


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Granite State for 2020.

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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 2020.

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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 2020.

How’d we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 69 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 peaked your interest? Want to know where the places with high crime are located in New Hampshire? Keep reading.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in New Hampshire for 2020:

  1. Manchester (Photos)
  2. Rochester (Photos)
  3. Laconia (Photos)
  4. Somersworth (Photos)
  5. Claremont (Photos)
  6. Concord (Photos)
  7. Keene (Photos)
  8. Hillsborough (Photos)
  9. Conway
  10. Seabrook

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 2020? 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:

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 2020

Manchester, NH

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 111,422
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 593 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,582 (4th 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 1st most violent city in the state might mar that fact.

Between 2015-17, violent crime went up, leaving residents with a 1 in 168 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 city of Manchester is a beautiful city. It has great places to eat and shop.

My favorite place is the Mall of NH. There are a lot of nice shops there. I also enjoy the downtown area.

Rochester, NH

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Population: 30,947
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 378 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,914 (2nd 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.

Laconia, NH

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Population: 16,658
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 240 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,325 (1st most dangerous)
More on Laconia:  Data | Photos

Laconia takes 3rd because of its 8th 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 416 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 30.1 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

Somersworth, NH

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Population: 11,920
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 251 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,676 (3rd 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 319 property crimes in 2017, which calculates out to a 1 in 37.4 chance of being a victim of theft.

Somersworth ranked 7th 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.”

Claremont, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 12,930
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 448 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,910 (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 247 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.

Concord, NH

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Population: 43,071
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 239 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,971 (10th most dangerous)
More on Concord:  Data | Photos

Concord, with a population of around 43,071 has experienced decent amount of crime in recent years.

Currently, residents have a 1 in 50.7 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017 and a 1 in 418 chance of being the victim of violent crime. That’s good for a 6th overall ranking on our list of dangerous places in New Hampshire.

Review Of Concord by HomeSnacks User

Low crime, great schools, plenty of things to do year-round, great sense of community, good restaurants, theater and close to many recreational activities.

There were many lakes and public swimming pools nearby for summer activities, beautiful fall foliage and apple picking in the fall, lots of sledding, ice skating, and skiing in the winter

Keene, NH

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 22,870
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 201 (15th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,448 (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 40.8.

Violent crime also went up during this time period to 15th 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.

Hillsborough, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 5,936
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 16)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 303 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,297 (22nd most dangerous)
More on Hillsborough:  Data | Photos

Hillsborough is the 5th most violent city, with residents facing a 1 in 329 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

Progress has been made in recent years, however, reflected by a 12% drop in violent crime, and an 11% drop in property crime between 2015-17.

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 10,153
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 177 (19th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,009 (9th most dangerous)
More on Conway:  Data

60 miles north of Somersworth, also on the eastern border of New Hampshire, Conway is the most populous city in the state north of Laconia.

Conway experienced a massive rise in violent crime between 2015-17.

Property crime statistics, meanwhile, remained stagnant, with residents facing a 1 in 49.8 chance of being the victim of theft or arson each year — the 9th highest rate in the state.

10. Seabrook

Seabrook, NH

Population: 8,941
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 178 (17th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,733 (13th most dangerous)
More on Seabrook:

Located in the southeastern corner of the state, on the Atlantic coast, Seabrook ranks 10th for its danger.

In 2011, Seabrook wouldn’t have made this list, but a whopping increase in violent crime between 2015-17 changed that.

In 2017, residents faced a 1 in 558 chance of being the victim of violence, which would put Seabrook at 17th for the year in New Hampshire.

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in New Hampshire for 2020?

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 — Manchester.

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 Manchester ranks as the most dangerous city in New Hampshire for 2020.

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.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in New Hampshire:

  1. Hollis (Pop. 7,851)
  2. Atkinson (Pop. 6,970)
  3. Sandown (Pop. 6,501)

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 Manchester 111,422 593 2,582
2 Rochester 30,947 378 2,914
3 Laconia 16,658 240 3,325
4 Somersworth 11,920 251 2,676
5 Claremont 12,930 448 1,910
6 Concord 43,071 239 1,971
7 Keene 22,870 201 2,448
8 Hillsborough 5,936 303 1,297
9 Conway 10,153 177 2,009
10 Seabrook 8,941 178 1,733

About Chris Kolmar

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7 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Hampshire For 2020

  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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