30 Safest Places To Live In New Hampshire – 2016

Our researchers identified the 30 Safest Places to Live in New Hampshire. Does your town make the list?

About the State of New Hampshire

New Hampshire, or the Granite State, as many refer to it is known for the breathtaking and unspoiled natural beauty and scenery which runs the gamut from ocean to mountains with forests, rivers and quaint small towns that are quintessentially New England. With over 48 mountains and peaks reaching above 4,000 feet, New Hampshire is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and boasts the most-hiked mountain in the Western Hemisphere with Mount Monadnock. It’s also a popular destination for shoppers since the state charges no sales tax.

Looking at the state’s statistics regarding crime and safety, our research team identified New Hampshire as the #6  Safest Place to Live in the United States.

We looked at the different towns and communities in New Hampshire to identify where the safest places to live are in the Granite State.


How We Pick the Safest Places to Live

Our research team gathered data and information from many different sources in order to establish ranking criteria to determine the safest places to live in the United States. Included was the latest crime statistics as reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigations in the annual Uniform Crime Report. Using this data, our team assessed the number of violent crimes as well as those of property crimes and tallied them for each reported town or city. Calculated against total population, they determined the overall crime rate per 1,000 residents and then compared all cities and towns with a minimum population of 2,5000. Towns with fewer residents or incomplete data were excluded.


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New Hampshire’s Safest Cities

Atkinson, New Hampshire’s Safest City

The town of Atkinson is located in Rockingham County and has a long history which dates back to the American Revolution. Named after Colonel Theodore Atkinson, it was incorporated in 1767 and contains the second oldest co-ed school in the country, the Atkinson Academy.

Population: 6,844
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 3.9

Grantham

The town of Grantham is located in Sullivan County and is the fastest growing town in the county based on the most recent census data. It was incorporated in 1761 and is named after Thomas Robinson who was Secretary of State for the Southern Department.

Population: 2,948
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 4.4

Danville

Located in Rockingham County, the town of Danville was originally a parish of Kingston until it was chartered in 1760 as Hawke a name chosen after Admiral Sir Edward Hawke. In 1836 it was renamed by early settlers, many of whom shared the name Daniel.

Population: 4,457
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.4
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 4.7

Chester

Also found in Rockingham County, the town of Chester is considered to be one of the oldest towns in the state of New Hampshire. It once included Candia which was later set apart in 1763. It is believed that Chester may have been one of the first settlement grants made by Massachusetts to deal with the expanding population by the coast.

Population: 4,914
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000):  1.6
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 4.7

Nottingham

Another town found in Rockingham, which quickly proved to be the safest county in the state of New Hampshire, Nottingham was incorporated in 1722 by Lieutenant Governor John Wentworth and was named for Daniel Finch who was the 2nd Earl of Nottingham.

Population: 4,909
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.6
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 5.7

Weare

Found in Hillsborough County, Weare is located in the southern part of New Hampshire near Manchester and Concord. It was given as a grant to veterans of the Canadian wars in 1735 by Governor Jonathan Belcher but the charter was ruled invalid. It was officially incorporated in 1764.

Population: 8,916
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 5.5

New London

The town of New London is located in Merrimack County and began as land granted by the Masonian Proprietors of Portsmouth, New Hampshire as Heidelberg in 1753 though the township was never actually settled and the grant eventually lapsed into default.

Population: 4,620
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.2
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 6.5

Hampstead

Part of Rockingham County, Hamstead, which includes the East Hampstead village is home to part of the Rockingham Recreational Trail and was once part of Haverhill and Amesbury, Massachusetts. It was settled in 1640 and was formed as an independent town in 1739 during a boundary decision between Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Population: 8,587
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.9
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 5.8

Strafford

Stratford is found in Coos County along the Connecticut River and includes the villages of North Stratford and Stratford Hollow. It was originally granted by the name Woodbury in 1762 and was later regranted as Stratford in 1773.

Population: 4,030
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.2
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 6.7

New Boston

The town of New Boston is located in Hillsborough County. It was first granted in 1736 by then colonial governor of both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Jonathan Belcher. It was originally granted to several Boston families who failed to fully claim their grant and years later the land would be regranted.

Population: 5,432
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.6
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 6.4

Sandown

Another town located in Rockingham County, Sandown was once part of Kingston and was incorporated as its own town in 1756 and named for the town located on the Isle of Wight. Today, it is noted for the Sandown Meeting House, built in 1774 and a pristine example of early New England church architecture.

Population: 6,239
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.5
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 6.6

Windham

Part of Rockingham County, the town of Windham was initially land home to the Pawtucket Native Americans. It was first settled by Scottish immigrants who came to the area in 1719 and was known as Nutfield along with neighboring towns of Derry and Londonderry.

Population: 14,259
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.3
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 6.9

Durham

Located in Strattford County, the town of Durham was originally called the Oyster River Plantation and was settled in 1635 by pioneers traveling up the Piscataqua River. It is located beside the Great bay at the mouth of the Oyster River and is home to the University of New Hampshire.

Population: 15,571
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.8
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 6.7

Sunapee

A town in Sullivan County, Sunapee contains Lake Sunapee as well as the village of Georges Mills. The town has been known by many names before its incorporation in 1781 including Saville, Corey’s Town and Wendell. The name Sunapee comes from the Algonquian Indian words “suna” (goose) and “apee” (lake).

Population: 3,346
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.2
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 6.3

Hopkinton

Found in Merrimack County, the town of Hopkinton is made up of three distinct communities, including: Hopkinton village, Contoocook and West Hopkinton.  It was granted by Colonial Governor Jonathan Belcher in 1735 to settlers from Massachusetts.

Population: 5,597
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.1
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 6.4

Merrimack

The town of Merrimack is located in Hillsborough County and is considered the eighth largest municipality in the state and was named recently as the twenty-third best place to live in the country according to CNN Money Magazine (2013). It includes four different villages: Merrimack, Thorntons Ferry, Reeds Ferry and South Merrimack.

Population: 25.620
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.2
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 7.4

Newton

Located in Rockingham County, the town of Newton was the sixth town to be granted after the Masonian land purchase of 1746 and was originally part of Salisbury, Massachusetts. After being considered part of several other towns over time, the residents decided to request incorporation from then Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth as Newtown in 1749 which was granted.

Population: 4,788
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.2
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 7.5

New Ipswich

The town of New Ipswich is located in Hillsborough County and is located in the southernmost part of the state along the border with Massachusetts. The town was granted to sixty inhabitants in 1735 from the Massachusetts town of the same name.

Population: 5,135
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 7.0

Warner

Found in Merrrimack County, the town of Warner is home to the Northeast Catholic College, Rollins State park and the State Forest of Mount Kearsarge. It was granted as Number One in 1735 by Massachusetts Governor Jonathan Belcher to petitioners from Amesbury, Massachusetts and was originally named New Amesbury.

Population: 2,873
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.7
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 7.3

Litchfield

Located in Hillsborough County, the town of Litchfield was originally referred to as Naticook until the name was changed to Brenton’s Farm in 1729 when William Brenton was granted the land. After his death in 1749 the land was granted to another group of settlers and was renamed to hone the Earl of Litchfield, George Henry Lee.

Population: 8,363
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.6
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 7.5

Henniker

Home to New England College and the Pats Peak ski area, the town of Henniker is found in Merrimack County. It was first referred to as Number Six of the settlements that ran between the Merrimack and Connecticut rivers. It was named after Sir John Henniker, a merchant from London with interests in Boston and Portsmouth.

Population: 4,773
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.8
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 7.3

Brentwood

The town of Brentwood in Rockingham County and has been the county seat since 1997. It was originally home to the Pennacook Abenaki tribes before settlers arrived. It was named after Brentwood, Essex which was originally called “Burnt Wood”

Population: 4,751
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.4
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 7.8

Charlestown

The town of Charlestown is located in Sullivan County and is home to the Hubbard State Forest. It was first granted by colonial governor Jonathan Belcher in 1735 as “Plantation No. 4” as an established for and trading post along the Connecticut River. It is the northernmost township and became a strategic military site during the French and Indian Wars.

Population: 4,950
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.8
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 7.5

Kingston

Located in Rockingham County, Kingston was the fifth town to be established in the state and was originally part of Hampton, New Hampshire. Its name was in honor of King William of England who granted the royal charter that established the town in 1694 at residents’ request.

Population: 6,114
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 7.4

Gilmanton

The town of Gilmanton is located in Belknap County and includes the villages of Gilmanton Corners and Gilmanton Ironworks. It was made famous in the fifties when rumors circulated that it was the basis for the novel Peyton Place written by resident Grace Metalious.

Population: 3,779
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.5
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 8.2

Thornton

Found in Grafton County, the town of Thornton was incorporated in 1763 and is named after original signer of the Declaration of Independence, Doctor Matthew Thornton. It is located along the eastern most edge of the county which runs along the state’s western border.

Population: 2,507
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.8
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 8.0

Stratham

The town of Stratham is located in Rockingham County and is the headquarters of the Timberland Corporation. It was originally settled in 1631 and incorporated over seventy years later in 1716. It was the sixth town in the colony to be incorporated and was named in honor of Wriothesley Russell.

Population: 7,367
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.5
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 8.6

Exeter

Found in Rockingham County, the town of Exeter is located where the Exeter River meets the tidal Squamscott River. The land was purchased by John Wheelwright in 1638 after he was exiled by the Massachusetts Bay Colony which was a puritan theocracy due to the religious views of his sister-in-law.

Population: 14,607
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.3
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 7.9

Bow

The town of Bow is located in Merrimack County. It was founded in 1727 after being granted to Jonathan Wiggin and several others. Originally, Massachusetts claimed authority of the land under the name of Pennacook until the boundary decision in 1741 which finalized the line between Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Population: 7,694
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.5
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 9.2

Auburn

Found in Rockingham County, the town of Auburn was originally settled by Native Americans. During the French and Indian War, the settlement was destroyed and the nearby town of Chester claimed the land. In 1845 Auburn became an independent town. It takes its name from the Oliver Goldsmith poem, “The Deserted Village”.

Population: 5,216
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.4
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 9.4

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Don’t See Your City?

Your city or town may not have been included in our top thirty rankings of the safest places to live in New Hampshire or in our list below because the population may not have met our minimum requirement or we were unable to locate complete data in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.

1. Atkinson
2. Grantham
3. Danville
4. Chester
5. Nottingham
6. Weare
7. New London
8. Hampstead
9. Strafford
10. New Boston
11. Sandown
12. Windham
13. Durham
14. Sunapee
15. Hopkinton
16. Merrimack
17. Newton
18. New Ipswich
19. Warner
20. Litchfield
21. Henniker
22. Brentwood
23. Charlestown
24. Kingston
25. Gilmanton
26. Thornton
27. Stratham
28. Exeter
29. Bow
30. Auburn
31. Rollinsford
32. Madison
33. Fremont
34. Jaffrey
35. Enfield
36. Deerfield
37. Rye
38. Londonderry
39. Peterborough
40. Pelham
41. Epsom
42. Bethlehem
43. Pembroke
44. Boscawen
45. North Hampton
46. Moultonborough
47. Candia
48. Dunbarton
49. Raymond
50. Alton
51. Barrington
52. Wolfeboro
53. Bedford
54. Campton
55. Northwood
56. Loudon
57. Rindge
58. Barnstead
59. Goffstown
60. Dover
61. Milford
62. Sanbornton
63. Hanover
64. Berlin
65. Antrim
66. Amherst
67. Hillsborough
68. Lancaster
69. Hudson
70. Wakefield
71. New Durham
72. Derry
73. Hampton
74. Wilton
75. Pittsfield
76. Meredith
77. Haverhill
78. Farmington
79. Plaistow
80. Nashua
81. Ossipee
82. Winchester
83. Concord
84. Portsmouth
85. Gilford
86. Salem
87. Plymouth
88. Belmont
89. Claremont
90. Hooksett
91. Epping
92. Newport
93. Lebanon
94. Bristol
95. Northfield
96. Conway
97. Milton
98. Hinsdale
99. Laconia
100. Manchester
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