These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In New Hampshire


We analyzed over 12 places in New Hampshire to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of New Hampshire.

But where exactly in New Hampshire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in New Hampshire that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Nashua don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Granite State to retire:

  1. Nashua
  2. Dover
  3. Manchester
  4. Laconia
  5. Somersworth
  6. Portsmouth
  7. Concord
  8. Berlin
  9. Rochester
  10. Keene

Why did Nashua take the top spot? And where are Manchester and Nashua? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Granite State

To create our list of the best places in New Hampshire to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Granite State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 12 places from across the state.

For these 12, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 12, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Nashua, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. Nashua

Nashua, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 86,799
Cost Of Living: 117
Distance to Closest Airport: 36 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,369
Nashua ranked 1 overall thanks to its 10 place rank for cost of living and 3 place safety rank.

2. Dover

Dover, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,332
Cost Of Living: 123
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,655
Dover ranked 2 overall thanks to its 11 place rank for cost of living and 1 place safety rank.

3. Manchester

Manchester, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 110,065
Cost Of Living: 111
Distance to Closest Airport: 48 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,262
Manchester ranked 3 overall thanks to its 6 place rank for cost of living and 9 place safety rank.

4. Laconia

Laconia, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,007
Cost Of Living: 103
Distance to Closest Airport: 58 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,160
Laconia ranked 4 overall thanks to its 2 place rank for cost of living and 8 place safety rank.

5. Somersworth

Somersworth, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,765
Cost Of Living: 111
Distance to Closest Airport: 39 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,513
Somersworth ranked 5 overall thanks to its 6 place rank for cost of living and 11 place safety rank.

6. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,366
Cost Of Living: 146
Distance to Closest Airport: 46 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,508
Portsmouth ranked 6 overall thanks to its 12 place rank for cost of living and 5 place safety rank.

7. Concord

Concord, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,514
Cost Of Living: 111
Distance to Closest Airport: 66 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,479
Concord ranked 7 overall thanks to its 6 place rank for cost of living and 4 place safety rank.

8. Berlin

Berlin, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,710
Cost Of Living: 96
Distance to Closest Airport: 75 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,688
Berlin ranked 8 overall thanks to its 1 place rank for cost of living and 2 place safety rank.

9. Rochester

Rochester, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,883
Cost Of Living: 114
Distance to Closest Airport: 41 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,551
Rochester ranked 9 overall thanks to its 8 place rank for cost of living and 12 place safety rank.

10. Keene

Keene, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,281
Cost Of Living: 108
Distance to Closest Airport: 72 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,278
Keene ranked 10 overall thanks to its 4 place rank for cost of living and 10 place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in New Hampshire goes to Nashua.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Lebanon
  • Claremont
  • Keene

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In New Hampshire

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Nashua 1 86,799 117 36 2,369
Dover 2 30,332 123 42 1,655
Manchester 3 110,065 111 48 4,262
Laconia 4 16,007 103 58 4,160
Somersworth 5 11,765 111 39 4,513
Portsmouth 6 21,366 146 46 2,508
Concord 7 42,514 111 66 2,479
Berlin 8 9,710 96 75 1,688
Rochester 9 29,883 114 41 4,551
Keene 10 23,281 108 72 4,278
Claremont 11 13,169 105 85 2,953
Lebanon 12 13,474 116 73 3,503

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