10 Safest Places to Live in New Hampshire and Massachusetts Right Now
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Safety is something we all take seriously, especially when it comes to personal safety and where we live. Did you ever wonder how your town rates when it comes to the safest places in your state?
Looking at Safewise.com, crime rates continue to decline in New Hampshire, and are among the lowest in the country. NH residents experience fewer issues with property crime rate.
The safest towns are well below state averages for crimes, both violent and property-related.
Also, residents of New Hampshire saw a reduction in property crime compared to the previous year. COVID-19 did not affect the security of most personal property, which is the lowest in the country.
Some Interesting NH Facts
Danville, which was the #1 safest town in NH last year, dropped to #10 for 2022, according to safewise.com.
Meanwhile, Atkinson moved up two spots, claiming the #1 spot for 2022 as the safest town in New Hampshire, the website stated.
Burglaries are down by 50% in the safest towns year over year, with violent crimes and property crimes down as well.
Gun violence is the lowest concern compared to property crime, package theft, and general violent crime, with package theft being the most concerning for residents at 42%.
Personal safety is still the top concern among NH residents, and New Hampshire was the only state in the survey to have zero reports of violent crimes in the safest towns.
In fact, NH has the second-lowest violent crime rate in the country, just behind its neighbor, Maine.
When it comes to safety, Massachusetts ranks high along with New Hampshire.
As Safewise.com states, there are five new cities to the 2022 list. They are Clinton, Holden, Hanover, Charlton, and debuting on the list at the #1 safest city is Wayland.
How did Wayland make it onto the list, and at #1 no less? Wayland reported zero property crimes, zero burglaries, and zero murders, according to the report.
Interesting MA Facts
14 states in the nation saw a drop in violent crimes for 2022, and MA was one of them, according to safewise.com.
There were no murders reported in the top 20 places to live in MA, although the state has the most number of violent crimes in the New England region, the report stated. However, the rate is still well below the national average.
Package theft was the number one concern of Massachusetts residents in 2022, with 47% of MA residents worried it will happen to them, according to safewise.com