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 peopleManchester/100k peopleNew Hampshire/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,326n/a (estimate)2,9011,1372,324
Violent crime472n/a (estimate)412126370
Vehicle theft247n/a215.466.5282.7
Property crime2,854n/a (estimate)2,4891,0111,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Manchester, NH

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Manchester crime rate is 24.8% higher than the national average. These incidents are classified into two primary categories: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes include assault, robbery, rape and murder. Whereas property crimes encompass theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In the case of Manchester, there were 472 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 412 per 100,000 individuals, 11.3% higher than the national average. Additionally, Manchester recorded 2854 property crimes, amounting to 2489 per 100,000 residents, 27.4% higher than the U.S. average.

Manchester exhibits a violent crime rate that closely echoes the national average reported by all cities, with 412 incidents per 100,000 people, in line with the nationwide figure of 370. This uniformity underscores Manchester as a community where safety standards align seamlessly with the broader national context, delivering residents a steadfast and dependable sense of security.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Manchester?

AreaVibes surveyed 96 local residents in Manchester to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 25% of people answered that there was very little crime in Manchester and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 75% of people responded that there was far too much crime and they would be hesitant to walk the streets alone at night. Keep in mind that the opinions of residents may vary depending on which area they live in.

Is Manchester a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Manchester, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Manchester presents a total crime rate that is 25% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Manchester experiences an average of 9.11 daily crimes, comprising 1.29 violent incidents and 7.82 property-related offenses. This evaluation offers a comprehensive understanding of the safety landscape, aiding individuals in making informed decisions when considering relocation.

Has Crime in Manchester Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Manchester. This analysis involves comparing crime rates from one year to the next, enabling the identification of patterns and fluctuations in crime. Such information proves invaluable to residents seeking to make well-informed decisions about their choice of residence. In the most recent year, compared to the previous one, total crime in Manchester has increased by 7.5%. Specifically, violent crime has decreased by 7.5%, while property crime has increased by 10.4%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Manchester.

Potential Causes for Crime in Manchester

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. Manchester, for instance, reports an unemployment rate of 3.7%, which differs from the national average of 4.7%.

Regions characterized by high population density frequently encompass expansive urban hubs that offer diverse economic prospects. In such areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, creating pockets of poverty alongside affluence. Economic disparities within these regions may correlate with elevated property crimes and, in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, areas with low population density numbers generally exhibit reduced Manchester crime rates. Manchester registers a population density of 3399.6 people per square mile, in contrast to the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

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 Manchester, 82.5% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, in contrast to the national average where 83% have achieved high school graduation.

Manchester crime map

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

  • Manchester crime rates are 25% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Manchester are 11% higher than the national average
  • In Manchester you have a 1 in 35 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Manchester is safer than 21% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Manchester has increased by 6%

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        Daily Crime In Manchester (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Manchester for every 100,000 residents. The Manchester total amount of daily crime is 2.55 times more than the New Hampshire average and 1.25 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Manchester, is 3.28 times more than the New Hampshire average, and it is 1.11 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Manchester has a daily crime average that is 2.46 times more than the New Hampshire average and 1.27 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Manchester (higher is better)

        How safe is Manchester, New Hampshire compared to other cities in New Hampshire and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Manchester is safer than 0% of the cities in New Hampshire and 21% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in New Hampshire and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Manchester. Overall, Manchester is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Manchester

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Manchester is 1 in 243
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Manchester is 1 in 41
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Manchester is 1 in 35
        Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Manchester? In Manchester, you have a 1 in 243 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 41. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Manchester, NH is 1 in 35.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Manchester is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Manchester has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 9% in Manchester, while property crimes in Manchester have increased by 9%. Total crime has increased by 6% year over year.

        Manchester police department

        Item Manchester New Hampshire National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2691,969558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.42.43.3
        There are a total of 269 Manchester police officers. This results in 2.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 2% greater than the New Hampshire average and 24.8% 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.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Milford, NH8,64443349392
        East Merrimack, NH4,78671571642
        Raymond, NH3,807146582728
        Goffstown, NH2,84893642735
        Londonderry, NH12,053121691812
        Amherst, NH65634825859
        Wilton, NH1,203275626901
        Manchester, NH112,4414122,4892,901

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        High Point, NC112,4345482,6923,239
        Peoria, IL112,6441,1893,1384,327
        Clovis, CA112,6631881,7341,922
        Elgin, IL112,062190752942
        Costa Mesa, CA112,9585893,5574,146
        Manchester, NH112,4414122,4892,901
        Source: The Manchester, 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.