These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In New Hampshire For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in New Hampshire have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

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Are you trying to find love in New Hampshire?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we’ve got you covered here. At least, we’ll point you in the right direction – which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we’re all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in New Hampshire, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Granite State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren’t married, or in a serious relationship. That’s great news for people looking for their match.

So, where are the best cities for singles in New Hampshire? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities for singles in New Hampshire. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Portsmouth (Photos)
  2. Manchester (Photos)
  3. Keene (Photos)
  4. Lebanon (Photos)
  5. Concord (Photos)
  6. Dover
  7. Franklin (Photos)
  8. Nashua (Photos)
  9. Somersworth
  10. Laconia (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you’re single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin’.

The most boring place in New Hampshire? That would be Berlin.

And after you find a mate, you’ll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don’t forget to check out the best places to live in New Hampshire or the safest places to live in New Hampshire.

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How do you determine which city is best for singles in New Hampshire anyways?

To give you the places in New Hampshire which are best for singles to find one another, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what single people like.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Granite State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2011-2015 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of New Hampshire, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that’s male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 8,000 people. For New Hampshire, that meant a total of 13 cities.

Read on to see why Portsmouth is the talk of the town while Berlin is probably a bit on the boring side.

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1. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, Nh

Source: Public domain

Population: 21,458
Median Age: 41.1
Married households: 36.1%
Households with kids: 20.6%
Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. It is the only city in the county, but only the fourth-largest community, with a population of 21,233 at the 2010 census. As of 2016 the estimated population was 21,485. A historic seaport and popular summer tourist destination, Portsmouth was the home of the Strategic Air Command’s Pease Air Force Base, later converted to Portsmouth International Airport at Pease with limited commercial air service.

2. Manchester

Manchester, Nh

Source: Public domain

Population: 110,231
Median Age: 36.6
Married households: 39.0%
Households with kids: 27.3%
Manchester is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Hampshire and the largest city in northern New England, an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 109,565, and its estimated 2016 population was 110,506. It is one of two seats of Hillsborough County (along with Nashua), the state of New Hampshire’s most populous county. Manchester is located near the northern end of the Northeast megalopolis, along the banks of the Merrimack River?which divides the city into eastern and western sections. It was first named by the merchant and inventor Samuel Blodgett (after whom Samuel Blodget Park and Blodget Street in Manchester’s North End are named). Blodget’s vision was to create a great industrial center similar to that of the original Manchester in England, which was the world’s first industrialized city.

3. Keene

Keene, Nh

Population: 23,537
Median Age: 33.6
Married households: 37.5%
Households with kids: 23.7%
Keene is a city in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 23,409 at the 2010 census. It is the seat of Cheshire County.

4. Lebanon

Lebanon, Nh

Population: 13,528
Median Age: 40.2
Married households: 37.2%
Households with kids: 20.4%
Lebanon locally /lbnn/ is a city in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 13,151 at the 2010 census and an estimated 13,513 as of 2016. Lebanon is located in western New Hampshire, south of Hanover, near the Connecticut River. It is the home to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Medical School, together comprising the largest medical facility between Boston, Massachusetts and Burlington, Vermont.

5. Concord

Concord, Nh

Population: 42,634
Median Age: 39.3
Married households: 41.8%
Households with kids: 28.0%
Concord /k.krd/ is the capital city of the U.S. state of New Hampshire and the county seat of Merrimack County. As of the 2010 census, its population was 42,695.

6. Dover

Dover, Nh

Population: 30,750
Median Age: 36.4
Married households: 43.8%
Households with kids: 26.8%
Dover is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 29,987 at the 2010 census, the largest in the New Hampshire Seacoast region. The population was estimated at 31,153 in 2016. It is the county seat of Strafford County, and home to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, the Woodman Institute Museum, and the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire.

7. Franklin

Franklin, Nh

Population: 8,440
Median Age: 42.3
Married households: 39.0%
Households with kids: 24.2%
Franklin is a city in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 8,477, the lowest of any of New Hampshire’s 13 cities. Franklin includes the village of West Franklin.

8. Nashua

Nashua, Nh

Population: 87,279
Median Age: 38.6
Married households: 45.9%
Households with kids: 29.4%
Nashua is a city in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2010 census, Nashua had a total population of 86,494, making it the second-largest city in the state (and in the three northern New England states) after Manchester. As of 2016 the population had risen to an estimated 87,882.

9. Somersworth

Somersworth, Nh

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,756
Median Age: 35.6
Married households: 55.0%
Households with kids: 38.0%
Somersworth is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 11,766 at the 2010 census. Somersworth has the smallest area and third-lowest population of New Hampshire’s 13 cities.

10. Laconia

Laconia, Nh

Source: Public domain

Population: 16,171
Median Age: 46.0
Married households: 43.8%
Households with kids: 24.7%
Laconia is a city in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 15,951 at the 2010 census, and an estimated 16,470 as of 2016. It is the county seat of Belknap County. Laconia, situated between Lake Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam Lake, includes the villages of Lakeport and Weirs Beach. Each June for nine days beginning on the Saturday of the weekend before Father’s Day and ending on Father’s Day, the city hosts Laconia Motorcycle Week, also more simply known as ‘bike week’, one of the country’s largest rallies, and each winter, the Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby. The city is also the site of the state’s annual Pumpkin Festival since 2015, having organized it after its former home of Keene rejected it due to riots in their neighborhoods in 2014. The city also includes one of the colleges of the Community College System of New Hampshire.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in New Hampshire

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in New Hampshire ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the most boring cities in New Hampshire according to the data:

  1. Berlin
  2. Claremont
  3. Rochester

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In New Hampshire

City Rank Population Median Age
Portsmouth 1 21,458 41.1
Manchester 2 110,231 36.6
Keene 3 23,537 33.6
Lebanon 4 13,528 40.2
Concord 5 42,634 39.3
Dover 6 30,750 36.4
Franklin 7 8,440 42.3
Nashua 8 87,279 38.6
Somersworth 9 11,756 35.6
Laconia 10 16,171 46.0
Rochester 11 30,052 41.6
Claremont 12 13,022 41.3
Berlin 13 10,154 41.6

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