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:
- Rockingham County (Photos)
- Merrimack County (Photos)
- Hillsborough County (Photos)
- Grafton County (Photos)
- Carroll County (Photos)
- Sullivan County (Photos)
- Strafford County (Photos)
- Cheshire County (Photos)
- Belknap County (Photos)
- 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.
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.
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.
10. Coos County
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:
- Coos County
- Belknap County
- Cheshire County
For more New Hampshire reading, check out:
- 10 Worst Places To Live In New Hampshire
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Hampshire
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In New Hampshire
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In New Hampshire
Detailed List Of The Best Counties In New Hampshire