Best Cities For Singles In New Hampshire For 2020

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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for singles in New Hampshire.

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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 for 2020:

  1. Portsmouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Manchester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Lebanon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Nashua (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Dover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Keene (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Concord (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Laconia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Rochester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Somersworth (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in New Hampshire? Portsmouth ranks as the best place for singles in New Hampshire if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

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.

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In New Hampshire For 2020

Portsmouth, NH

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Population: 21,778
Median Age: 40.3
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 20.7%
More on Portsmouth: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Manchester, NH

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Population: 111,657
Median Age: 36.0
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 27.7%
More on Manchester: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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, 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. 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.

Review Of Manchester by HomeSnacks User

The only bad I can say about New Hampshire is the winters can be brutal and the drug issues in the southern part of the state I will say that everyone I know who can work, does. No taxes unless you own a home or buy hot food, great restaurants, people are friendly but not so much so that it's annoying, and if you love hot winters but still love skiing, this is the state for you. It's a well balanced state and I can't imagine living in any other state.

Any place but Manchester is a beautiful and quaint place to live. Unfortunately there us a drug crisis going on in Manchester that has yet to be solved.

Lebanon, NH

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Population: 13,619
Median Age: 37.6
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 22.6%
More on Lebanon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lebanon locally 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.

Review Of Lebanon by HomeSnacks User

Very little crime, good schools. Traffic at it worst is mild.

Excellent hospitals. good restaurants. Fair theaters and nice parks

Nashua, NH

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Population: 88,606
Median Age: 39.6
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 27.6%
More on Nashua: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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 after Manchester. As of 2016 the population had risen to an estimated 87,882.

Dover, NH

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Population: 31,316
Median Age: 36.1
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 24.8%
More on Dover: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Keene, NH

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Population: 23,165
Median Age: 36.0
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 22.7%
More on Keene: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Review Of Keene by HomeSnacks User

Plenty of schools for education, parks, bike paths. Events live music in summer

Panhandlers, no public restroom. Broken sidewalks and curbs. Potholes galore.

Concord, NH

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Population: 43,040
Median Age: 39.6
Married households: 17.0%
Households with kids: 28.8%
More on Concord: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Concord 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.

Review Of Concord by HomeSnacks User

Low crime, great schools, plenty of things to do year-round, great sense of community, good restaurants, theater and close to many recreational activities.

There were many lakes and public swimming pools nearby for summer activities, beautiful fall foliage and apple picking in the fall, lots of sledding, ice skating, and skiing in the winter

Laconia, NH

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Population: 16,342
Median Age: 47.4
Married households: 19.0%
Households with kids: 20.2%
More on Laconia: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Rochester, NH

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Population: 30,661
Median Age: 41.3
Married households: 23.0%
Households with kids: 26.6%
More on Rochester: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rochester is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 29,752, and in 2016 the estimated population was 30,345. The city includes the villages of East Rochester, Gonic, and North Rochester. Rochester is home to Skyhaven Airport

Somersworth, NH

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Population: 11,883
Median Age: 39.2
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 33.5%
More on Somersworth: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Review Of Somersworth by HomeSnacks User

I have been a resident of Somersworth, NH for nearly three years now. I *chose* to live here, for 1,000 reasons that do not fit these narrow-minded metrics. However, I will not take issue with that. What I will dissect is the text written here about my chosen home.

According to the chatter weve read on forums, this ranking is valid. People complain about drug dealing, s*x clubs and other nefarious behavior. Fact is, Somersworth is the second most dangerous city you can live in New Hampshire."||||-"Chatter we've read on forums." Is this the scientific research that you speak of- Nice.

"Theres a lot of Section 8 housing here, and apparently, you have to stay away from certain areas of downtown.There was a murder in town in 2013, and you have a 1 in 25 chance of being the victim of a robbery, most likely a car or home break in. Yikes."

I love the scientific correlation between Section 8 and rampant crime. Gosh, those Section 8 tenants should just be dropped off into the ocean and the world would be a better place. Oh shoot - that's in Portsmouth. G*d forbid someone who was down on their luck wander a toe over into the precious mecca of everything awesome and beautiful. ||||"The fact remains there are far better options if you want to commute into Portsmouth."

Speak of the devil! Well, you know life would have many far better options if the entire populous of Somersworth received a 500% pay grade increase. Perhaps instead of fleeing the treacherous wastelands described here, those shiny new tax dollars could go into making Somersworth shiny and beautiful."

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 2014-2018 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. You can download the data here.

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

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in new hampshire for 2020

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. Franklin

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In New Hampshire

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Portsmouth, NH 21,778 40.3
2 Manchester, NH 111,657 36.0
3 Lebanon, NH 13,619 37.6
4 Nashua, NH 88,606 39.6
5 Dover, NH 31,316 36.1
6 Keene, NH 23,165 36.0
7 Concord, NH 43,040 39.6
8 Laconia, NH 16,342 47.4
9 Rochester, NH 30,661 41.3
10 Somersworth, NH 11,883 39.2
11 Franklin, NH 8,586 45.9
12 Claremont, NH 13,016 41.2
13 Berlin, NH 10,382 42.3

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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