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80%
Total crime NAT. AVG.
78%
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
80%
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 peopleCharlestown/100k peopleNew Hampshire/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime23n/a (estimate)4651,1372,324
Murder0n/a0.01.86.3
Rape1n/a20.239.640.0
Robbery0n/a0.016.166.1
Assault3n/a60.668.1268.2
Violent crime4n/a (estimate)81126370
Burglary3n/a60.673.5269.8
Theft15n/a303.0871.01,401.9
Vehicle theft1n/a20.266.5282.7
Property crime19n/a (estimate)3841,0111,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Charlestown, NH

The Charlestown crime rates are 80% lower than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 4 violent crimes in Charlestown (81 per 100,000 people), which is 78.2% lower than the national average and there were a total of 19 property crimes (384 per 100,000 residents) which is 80.4% lower than average.

Charlestown has a crime rate of 465, which is considerably less than the national average of 2324. This results in Charlestown being one of the safest places to live across the United States. The crime rate is based on the total number of violent and property crimes per 100,000 people.

With only 81 incidents per 100,000 people, Charlestown boasts an exceptionally low rate of violent crimes, positioning it as one of the safest cities in the United States. Given these low violent crime rates, Charlestown has become an appealing destination for individuals in search of a secure and welcoming place to establish their new home.

In a remarkable testament to the city's commitment to safety, Charlestown reported a murder rate of 0. This could indicate that it is a very safe place to live, but also serves as an inspiration to other urban areas striving for safer communities. Examining the full crime report will provide a complete overview of all crimes - violent and property.

In 1991, property crime rates in the United States soared to over 5,140 crimes per 100,000 people. In the years since, the U.S. property crime rate has continued to decline with the most recent year reporting only 1954 property crimes. In Charlestown, the property crime rate was even less than the national average with a rate of 384, cementing it as one of the safest places to live with regards to property crime.

Is Charlestown a Safe Place to Live?

Is Charlestown a safe place to live? While the answer may not be straightforward due to variations in safety levels across the city, gaining an understanding of the overall crime rate can prove to be advantageous. In general, Charlestown has a crime rate that is lower than the national average by 80%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 0.06 daily incidents, encompassing 0.01 violent crimes and 0.05 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Charlestown as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Charlestown Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Charlestown has increased by 4.6% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Charlestown is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. Crime rates are categorized by violent and property crime. Year-over-year violent crime has increased by 300%, while property crime has increased by 9.5%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Charlestown.

Potential Causes for Crime in Charlestown

The educational level achieved in any given city can influence crime rates significantly. Greater educational achievement is frequently associated with decreased crime rates, as it offers individuals improved job prospects and alternatives to engaging in crime related activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment rates tend to coincide with elevated crime rates. In Charlestown, 91.8% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, in contrast to the national average where 83% have achieved high school graduation.

In Charlestown, the median home price stands at $84,500, diverging from the national average of $184,700. Elevated housing costs often induce financial strain among residents. When individuals grapple with the challenges of affording housing, they may find themselves compelled to resort to criminal activities as a means of addressing their financial hardships, including acts like theft or fraud. This predicament is particularly pronounced in areas where housing affordability poses a persistent issue, giving rise to heightened concerns regarding crime. In such instances, some individuals and families may find themselves constrained to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, exacerbating stress levels and potentially fostering domestic disputes and associated criminal incidents.

High rent costs can create economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When a significant portion of one's income is spent on housing, there may be less money available for other essential needs such as food, healthcare and education. Economic stress can contribute to desperation and potentially lead individuals to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Average rent rates in Charlestown are $991, compared to a national average of $949 per month.

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The Charlestown crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Charlestown 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 Charlestown crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Charlestown 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

  • Charlestown crime rates are 80% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Charlestown are 78% lower than the national average
  • In Charlestown you have a 1 in 216 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Charlestown is safer than 85% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Charlestown has increased by 6%

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        Daily Crime In Charlestown (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Charlestown

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Charlestown is 1 in 1238
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Charlestown is 1 in 261
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Charlestown is 1 in 216

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

        Charlestown police department

        Item Charlestown New Hampshire National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)81,969558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.62.43.3
        There are a total of 8 Charlestown police officers. This results in 1.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 34.5% less than the New Hampshire average and 51.7% less 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.

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Walpole, NH6471149181,032
        North Walpole, NH5601601,2811,441
        Newport, NH5,5302031,2481,451
        Ludlow, VT6461361,3611,497
        Chester, VT1,0232081,5671,776
        Bellows Falls, VT2,9081771,8442,021
        Westminster, VT4272421,8182,060
        Charlestown, NH93381384465

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        Source: The Charlestown, 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.