These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In New Hampshire For 2019


We analyzed over 21 places in New Hampshire to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in New Hampshire.

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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 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.

Where exactly in New Hampshire is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Exeter as the best place to hang up your cleats.

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 Exeter don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Granite State to retire for 2019:

Why did Exeter take the top spot? And where are Manchester and Nashua?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details or check out the best places to retire in America.

For New Hampshire state reading:

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Granite State for 2019

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 — 97 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 5,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 21 places from across the state.

For these 21, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 21, with the lowest number being the best.

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

Exeter, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,022
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $1,091
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
More on Exeter: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Exeter is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The town’s population was 14,306 at the 2010 census. Exeter was the county seat until 1997, when county offices were moved to neighboring Brentwood. Home to the Phillips Exeter Academy, a private university-preparatory school, Exeter is situated where the Exeter River feeds the tidal Squamscott River.

Berlin, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,154
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Rent: $720
Distance to Closest Airport: 75 miles
More on Berlin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Berlin is a city along the Androscoggin River in Cos County in northern New Hampshire, United States. The population was 10,051 at the 2010 census. It includes the village of Cascade. Located on the edge of the White Mountains, the city’s boundaries extend into the White Mountain National Forest. Berlin is home to the Berlin and Cos County Historical Society’s Moffett House Museum & Genealogy Center, Service Credit Union Heritage Park, the Berlin Fish Hatchery, and the White Mountains Community College, member of the Community College System of New Hampshire.

Durham, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,666
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $938
Distance to Closest Airport: 46 miles
More on Durham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Durham is a town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 14,638 at the 2010 census. Durham is home to the University of New Hampshire.

Hampton, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,542
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $1,179
Distance to Closest Airport: 41 miles
More on Hampton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hampton is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 14,976 at the 2010 census. Located beside the Atlantic Ocean, Hampton is home to Hampton Beach, a summer tourist destination.

Portsmouth, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 21,458
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8)
Median Rent: $1,158
Distance to Closest Airport: 46 miles
More on Portsmouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Laconia, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,171
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $888
Distance to Closest Airport: 58 miles
More on Laconia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Londonderry, NH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,049
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $1,186
Distance to Closest Airport: 38 miles
More on Londonderry: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Londonderry is a town in western Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The town is bordered on the north by the city of Manchester and on the east by the town of Derry. The population was 24,129 at the 2010 census. Londonderry is known for its apple orchards and is home to the headquarters of Stonyfield Farm and partial home to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

Rochester, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 30,052
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Median Rent: $932
Distance to Closest Airport: 41 miles
More on Rochester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Concord, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 42,634
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $991
Distance to Closest Airport: 66 miles
More on Concord: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Milford, NH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,136
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $1,093
Distance to Closest Airport: 47 miles
More on Milford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Milford is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States, on the Souhegan River. The population was 15,115 at the 2010 census. It is the retail and manufacturing center of a six-town area known informally as the Souhegan Valley.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In New Hampshire Yet…

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

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

  1. Manchester
  2. Hanover
  3. Keene

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In New Hampshire

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Exeter 9,022 $1,091
2 Berlin 10,154 $720
3 Durham 10,666 $938
4 Hampton 9,542 $1,179
5 Portsmouth 21,458 $1,158
6 Laconia 16,171 $888
7 Londonderry 11,049 $1,186
8 Rochester 30,052 $932
9 Concord 42,634 $991
10 Milford 9,136 $1,093
11 Hudson 7,961 $1,142
12 Dover 30,750 $1,027
13 Derry 22,392 $1,128
14 Claremont 13,022 $796
15 Nashua 87,279 $1,155
16 Newmarket 5,597 $1,099
17 Lebanon 13,528 $982
18 Somersworth 11,756 $988
19 Keene 23,537 $981
20 Hanover 8,482 $1,435
21 Manchester 110,231 $1,029

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