Crime in New Hampshire

New Hampshire's crime rate

There were 19,284 crimes reported in New Hampshire in 2018, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, New Hampshire's crime rate is 1,422 crimes per 100,000 residents.

How does New Hampshire compare?

Crime is relatively rare in New Hampshire. In fact, New Hampshire has the lowest crime rate of all states. By comparison, the national crime rate of 2,580 per 100,000 people is 81% higher.

Crime rates nationwide range from 1,422 per 100,000 in New Hampshire to 4,276 per 100,000 in New Mexico, the states with the lowest and highest crime rates, respectively.

Here are the crime rates for all 50 states.

What types of crimes are being committed?

The FBI's crime rate includes seven crime categories: three property crimes -- larceny, burglary, and motor vehicle theft, and four violent crimes -- aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder.

Property crime

The vast majority of crimes in America are property crimes, accounting for 85% of total crimes in 2018. This share was slightly higher in New Hampshire, with property crimes accounting for 88% of all crimes reported in the state.

There were 16,935 property crimes reported in New Hampshire in 2018, or 1,248 per 100,000 residents. This is far lower than the national rate of 2,200 property crimes per 100,000 people and is the lowest rate of the 50 states.


Larceny is by far the most common type of property crime. The 5,217,055 reported incidents nationwide in 2018 accounted for 72% of all property crime. New Hampshire's rate of 1,048 reported larceny incidents per 100,000 residents is lower than the nationwide rate of 1,595 per 100,000 and is the third lowest among states.


An estimated 1,847 break-ins were reported in New Hampshire in 2018, or 136 per 100,000 state residents -- the lowest rate among states. For reference, there were an estimated 1,230,149 break-ins nationwide, or 376 break-ins per 100,000 people.

Motor vehicle theft

Across the U.S., there were 748,841 reported motor vehicle thefts in 2018, a rate of 229 per 100,000 people. New Hampshire's rate of 64 motor vehicle thefts per 100,000 residents was a fraction of this national rate and the third lowest rate compared to all states.

Violent crime

Violent crimes make up a small share of crimes nationwide. In New Hampshire, violent crimes account for just 12% of total crimes, versus 15% nationwide.

While New Hampshire has the first lowest total crime rate of all states, it has the third lowest violent crime rate. The state’s violent crime rate of 173 per 100,000 people is less than half the national rate of 381 per 100,000. There were 2,349 violent crimes reported to New Hampshire law enforcement agencies in 2018.

Aggravated assault

Aggravated assault is by far the most common type of violent crime. Nationwide, there were 807,410 aggravated assaults in 2018, accounting for 65% of violent crimes across the country. In New Hampshire, 1,435 aggravated assaults were reported in 2018. New Hampshire's rate of aggravated assault of 106 per 100,000 people is less than half the national rate of 247 per 100,000 and is the second lowest of all states.


Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 359 robberies reported in New Hampshire in 2018, or 27 robberies for every 100,000 residents. This is just a fraction of the national rate of 86 robberies per 100,000 people, and the seventh lowest robbery rate among states.


There were 534 reported rapes in 2018 in New Hampshire. The state's rate of rape of 39.4 per 100,000 residents is slightly lower than the national rate of 42.6 per 100,000 people. New Hampshire has the 19th lowest rate of rape.


In 2018, there were 21 murders reported to law enforcement in New Hampshire. The state’s murder rate of 1.5 per 100,000 residents is a fraction of the national rate of 5.0 per 100,000. New Hampshire's murder rate is the third lowest in the country.

Where are these crimes being committed?

Because crime is influenced by local circumstances, crime levels vary considerably within each state. Often a state’s dense urban areas will have higher crime rates than its rural areas. Even in a state with an exceptionally low crime rate, there is often at least one area where crime rates exceed the nation.

City with the highest crime rate in New Hampshire

The city with the highest total crime rate in New Hampshire is Laconia, with a crime rate of 3,566 per 100,000 residents. This excludes cities with a population below 5,000 and cities with incomplete FBI crime reports.

While the city may have the highest total crime rate in the state, the rate is driven by property crime. Therefore, Laconia is likely less dangerous than other cities in the state where more violent crimes are committed.

The most dangerous city in the state is Manchester. This city has the highest violent crime rate in New Hampshire, at 593 per 100,000 residents, more than triple the statewide rate.

Crime over time

National historical trend

The FBI provides access to crime data by state dating back to 1960. This nearly 60-year span, can be divided into three periods. Crime skyrocketed between 1960 and 1980, with the crime rate more than tripling in just 20 years from 1,887 crimes per 100,000 Americans to 5,950 crimes per 100,000 Americans.

Crime remained high in the 1980s and reached its second highest peak in 1991. Since that year, crime has fallen steadily nationwide, reaching its current rate of 2,580 per 100,000, a 56% decline in 27 years.

New Hampshire's historical trend

In 1960, New Hampshire's crime rate was 690 crimes per 100,000 residents. Crime peaked in the state in 1980 at 4,680 per 100,000, an increase of 578%.

Crime changes 2013-2018

Over the five years since 2013, the nationwide total crime rate has decreased by 16.8%, but this change varied dramatically between states. In New Hampshire, for example, the crime rate decreased by 43.6%, the largest decline of any state. The largest increase was in Alaska, where crime rose by 19.0% between 2013 and 2018.

How New Hampshire has compared to other states historically

Since 1960, New Hampshire has always had a lower crime rate than the majority of states. Over these 59 years, the state has been among the 10 states with the lowest crime rates in 51 of them, but never among the states with the highest crime rates. Notably, New Hampshire has been the state with the lowest crime rate in the country in seven years since 1960.

All cities in New Hampshire

Here are all New Hampshire cities ranked by total crime rate. For a city to be included, it must have a complete 2018 FBI crime report and population of 5,000 or more. Click any bar or city name to see more about crime in that city.

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