These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In New Hampshire For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in New Hampshire have the most for people looking to make the move to New Hampshire.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is New Hampshire a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in New Hampshire.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Granite State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of New Hampshire, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 10 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Granite State for 2018:

  1. Rockingham County (Photos)
  2. Merrimack County (Photos)
  3. Hillsborough County (Photos)
  4. Grafton County (Photos)
  5. Carroll County (Photos)
  6. Sullivan County (Photos)
  7. Strafford County (Photos)
  8. Cheshire County (Photos)
  9. Belknap County (Photos)
  10. Coos County (Photos)

Rockingham County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in New Hampshire. And you might want to avoid Coos County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move New Hampshire, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in New Hampshire and the best places to raise a family in New Hampshire.

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How do you determine which New Hampshire county is the best?

To give you the best county in New Hampshire, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in New Hampshire across each of the criteria from one to 10, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In New Hampshire’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Granite State.

Read on to see why Rockingham County is the best county, while Coos County is probably in contention for being the worst county in New Hampshire.

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1. Rockingham County

Derry, NH

Biggest Place: Derry
Population: 300,365
Median Income: $82,398 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $288,300 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (4th best)
More on Rockingham County: PhotosData

2. Merrimack County

Concord, NH

Biggest Place: Concord
Population: 147,715
Median Income: $67,181 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $225,200 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (3rd best)
More on Merrimack County: PhotosData

3. Hillsborough County

Hillsborough, NH

Biggest Place: Manchester
Population: 404,948
Median Income: $73,189 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $248,500 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (8th best)
More on Hillsborough County: PhotosData

4. Grafton County

Hanover, NH

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Lebanon
Population: 89,164
Median Income: $58,107 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $214,100 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (2nd best)
More on Grafton County: PhotosData

5. Carroll County

North Conway, NH

Source: Wikipedia User |

Biggest Place: Conway
Population: 47,416
Median Income: $56,289 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $227,300 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (6th best)
More on Carroll County: PhotosData

6. Sullivan County

Claremont, NH

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Claremont
Population: 43,051
Median Income: $58,454 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $171,800 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (1st best)
More on Sullivan County: PhotosData

7. Strafford County

Dover, NH

Biggest Place: Dover
Population: 125,913
Median Income: $63,533 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $214,000 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (9th best)
More on Strafford County: PhotosData

8. Cheshire County

Keene, NH

Biggest Place: Keene
Population: 76,320
Median Income: $58,359 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $187,300 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (5th best)
More on Cheshire County: PhotosData

9. Belknap County

Alton, NH

Biggest Place: Laconia
Population: 60,392
Median Income: $61,245 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $219,200 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (6th best)
More on Belknap County: PhotosData

10. Coos County

Berlin, NH

Source: Wikipedia

Biggest Place: Berlin
Population: 32,219
Median Income: $45,154 (10th best)
Median Home Price: $122,000 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (10th best)
More on Coos County: PhotosData

There You Have It – The Best Counties In New Hampshire To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in New Hampshire can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in New Hampshire according to the data:

  1. Coos County
  2. Belknap County
  3. Cheshire County

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In New Hampshire

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Rockingham County 1 300,365 $82,398 $288,300
Merrimack County 2 147,715 $67,181 $225,200
Hillsborough County 3 404,948 $73,189 $248,500
Grafton County 4 89,164 $58,107 $214,100
Carroll County 5 47,416 $56,289 $227,300
Sullivan County 6 43,051 $58,454 $171,800
Strafford County 7 125,913 $63,533 $214,000
Cheshire County 8 76,320 $58,359 $187,300
Belknap County 9 60,392 $61,245 $219,200
Coos County 10 32,219 $45,154 $122,000

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