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Portsmouth, NH crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2022 calendar year; released from FBI in Oct. 2023 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2023 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more about Scout's Crime Data

The crime rate in Portsmouth is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 14 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Portsmouth is 1 in 71. Based on FBI crime data, Portsmouth is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to New Hampshire, Portsmouth has a crime rate that is higher than 83% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

However, compared to other communities of similar population size, Portsmouth has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Portsmouth is actually safer than most according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis of FBI crime data.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Portsmouth does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Portsmouth.

NeighborhoodScout's research shows that Portsmouth's violent crime rate is 2 per one thousand inhabitants, which is about average for all communities in America, across all population sizes. Violent crimes that are tracked and included in this rate are armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape (not statutory), and murder and non-negligent manslaughter. Roughly similar to the national average, our analysis shows that your chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Portsmouth is one in 568.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Portsmouth's rate for property crime is 12 per one thousand population. This makes Portsmouth a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Portsmouth is one in 81.

Portsmouth Crime Data

total Crime Index

34

(100 is safest)


Safer than 34% of U.S. neighborhoods.

Portsmouth Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

40

282

322

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

1.76

12.42

14.18

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
1.76
1.26
National Median: 4
    Portsmouth
    New Hampshire

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 568

in Portsmouth

1 in 796

in New Hampshire

Portsmouth Violent Crimes

Population: 22,713
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 10 2 28
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.44 0.09 1.23

United States Violent Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,156 133,294 220,450 893,980
Rate per 1,000 0.06 0.40 0.66 2.68

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
12.42
10.11
National Median: 20
    Portsmouth
    New Hampshire

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 81

in Portsmouth

1 in 99

in New Hampshire

Property Crimes

Population: 22,713
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 12 252 18
Rate per 1,000 0.53 11.09 0.79

United States Property Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 899,293 4,672,363 942,173
Rate per 1,000 2.70 14.02 2.83

Portsmouth Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
20
3
National Median: 27.0
    Portsmouth
    New Hampshire