Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleBristol/100k peopleNew Hampshire/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime34n/a (estimate)1,0291,1372,324
Violent crime3n/a (estimate)91126370
Vehicle theft2n/a60.666.5282.7
Property crime31n/a (estimate)9391,0111,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Bristol, NH

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Bristol is 55.7% lower than the national average. Specifically, there were 3 violent crimes reported in Bristol, equivalent to 91 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 75.4%. Additionally, Bristol recorded 31 property crimes, amounting to 939 per 100,000 people, lower than the national average by 52%.

Bristol distinguishes itself with one of the lowest violent crime rates in the U.S., reporting a mere 91 violent crimes per 100,000 people. This achievement firmly establishes Bristol among the safest cities in the nation, rendering it an alluring choice for those seeking a new place to call home.

In the latest reported crime year, Bristol recorded zero homicides. This statistic potentially positions the city as a paragon of security, radiating a profound sense of safety for its residents. A low number of severe violent crimes instills a deep feeling of well-being among its community but also establishes a lofty benchmark for other locales aspiring to foster equally secure environments.

Is Bristol a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Bristol a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Bristol crime rate is 56% lower than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 0.09 crimes per day - 0.01 violent crimes and 0.08 property crimes.

Has Crime in Bristol Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Bristol. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Bristol has decreased by 8.1%. Violent crimes have increased by 200%, while property crimes have decreased by 13.9%. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, authorities and communities can identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. This helps in understanding whether crime is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable over time.

Potential Causes for Crime in Bristol

Limited employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-wage jobs can result in higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. Regions where individuals grapple with joblessness or meager wages may exhibit greater vulnerability to an uptick in crime due to financial instability. While areas that have strong employment rates, often will see a reduction in overall crime. Bristol, for instance, reports an unemployment rate of 1.5%, which differs from the national average of 4.7%.

Bristol has a population density of 491.2 people per square mile, while with the national average is 90.6 people per square mile. Cities characterized by high population density are frequently larger urban centers offering diverse economic prospects. Within these areas, income inequality may be accentuated, resulting in the coexistence of poverty and affluence. Such economic disparities can contribute to elevated property crimes and on occasion, violent crimes. Conversely, areas with low population density generally record lower Bristol crime rates.

In Bristol, the cost of living is 9.74% higher than the national average. A high cost of living can induce economic stress for locals, especially those with limited financial resources. When people grapple with soaring housing expenses, utility bills, healthcare costs, and other essential necessities, they may be driven towards criminal activities, including theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities boasting a lower cost of living may mitigate economic pressures and potentially result in reduced crime rates.

Bristol crime map

The Bristol crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Bristol as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Bristol crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Bristol crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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Crime Quick Facts

  • Bristol crime rates are 56% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Bristol are 75% lower than the national average
  • In Bristol you have a 1 in 98 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Bristol is safer than 74% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Bristol has decreased by 12%

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        Daily Crime In Bristol (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Bristol

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Bristol is 1 in 1102
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Bristol is 1 in 107
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Bristol is 1 in 98

        Year Over Year Crime In Bristol (per 100,000 people)

        Bristol police department

        Item Bristol New Hampshire National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)101,969558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.32.43.3
        There are a total of 10 Bristol police officers. This results in 3.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 36.6% greater than the New Hampshire average and 0.7% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in New Hampshire

        State Total offenders New Hampshire /100K National /100K
        New Hampshire2,616204266
        There are a total of 2,616 sex offenders in New Hampshire. This yields a total of 204 sex offenders in New Hampshire per 100,000 residents which is 23% less than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        New London, NH1,364115367482
        Tilton Northfield, NH2,79578628707
        New Hampton, NH32682904986
        Meredith, NH2,651881,0611,149
        Franklin, NH8,695901,0731,164
        Plymouth, NH4,2811951,3671,562
        Belmont, NH1,272811,5351,616
        Bristol, NH1,970919391,029

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Nambe, NM1,970180688868
        Watts Mills, SC1,9702711,2761,547
        Hagerstown, IN1,970130657787
        Mackinaw, IL1,970541,5131,567
        Doe Valley, KY1,96954368423
        Bristol, NH1,970919391,029
        Source: The Bristol, NH crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.