These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In New Hampshire For 2019


We used science and data to determine which small towns in New Hampshire are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in New Hampshire, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Granite State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in New Hampshire based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in New Hampshire ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in New Hampshire for 2019:

  1. Contoocook (Homes)
  2. Henniker (Homes)
  3. North Haverhill (Homes)
  4. Goffstown (Homes)
  5. Gorham (Homes)
  6. Hillsborough (Photos | Homes)
  7. Charlestown (Homes)
  8. Hampton Beach (Homes)
  9. Hooksett (Homes)
  10. North Conway (Photos | Homes)

If you live in one of these small towns like Contoocook, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Granite State check out:

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In New Hampshire

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 37 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 37, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in New Hampshire. Top of that list — Contoocook.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in New Hampshire.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,504
Median Income: $69,421 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $243,300 (3rd Best)
More on Contoocook: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,775
Median Income: $65,823 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $224,300 (5th Best)
More on Henniker: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,082
Median Income: $70,000 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $169,000 (16th Best)
More on North Haverhill: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,096
Median Income: $72,931 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $217,600 (7th Best)
More on Goffstown: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,461
Median Income: $61,719 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $135,500 (31st Best)
More on Gorham: Data | Homes For Sale

Hillsborough, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,944
Median Income: $68,667 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $153,300 (25th Best)
More on Hillsborough: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,335
Median Income: $70,123 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $136,000 (30th Best)
More on Charlestown: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,405
Median Income: $53,333 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $327,200 (1st Best)
More on Hampton Beach: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,846
Median Income: $71,000 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $199,400 (9th Best)
More on Hooksett: Data | Homes For Sale

North Conway, NH

Source: Wikipedia User |
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,141
Median Income: $59,289 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $233,600 (4th Best)
More on North Conway: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,038
Median Income: $72,197 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $215,000 (8th Best)
More on Peterborough: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,076
Median Income: $53,825 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $173,500 (15th Best)
More on Tilton Northfield: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,963
Median Income: $59,358 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $158,700 (21st Best)
More on East Merrimack: Data | Homes For Sale

Plymouth, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,868
Median Income: $47,096 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $192,400 (12th Best)
More on Plymouth: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,730
Median Income: $54,663 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $143,300 (29th Best)
More on Lancaster: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,110
Median Income: $42,688 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $180,200 (13th Best)
More on Marlborough: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,122
Median Income: $62,717 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $220,900 (6th Best)
More on Raymond: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,727
Median Income: $46,974 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $148,300 (27th Best)
More on Conway: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,994
Median Income: $43,681 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $317,400 (2nd Best)
More on Wolfeboro: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,762
Median Income: $51,250 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $193,400 (11th Best)
More on Epping: Data | Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in New Hampshire are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in New Hampshire:

  1. Pittsfield
  2. Hinsdale
  3. Colebrook

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In New Hampshire

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Contoocook 1,504 $69,421.0 $243,300.0
2 Henniker 1,775 $65,823.0 $224,300.0
3 North Haverhill 1,082 $70,000.0 $169,000.0
4 Goffstown 3,096 $72,931.0 $217,600.0
5 Gorham 1,461 $61,719.0 $135,500.0
6 Hillsborough 1,944 $68,667.0 $153,300.0
7 Charlestown 1,335 $70,123.0 $136,000.0
8 Hampton Beach 2,405 $53,333.0 $327,200.0
9 Hooksett 4,846 $71,000.0 $199,400.0
10 North Conway 2,141 $59,289.0 $233,600.0
11 Peterborough 3,038 $72,197.0 $215,000.0
12 Tilton Northfield 3,076 $53,825.0 $173,500.0
13 East Merrimack 3,963 $59,358.0 $158,700.0
14 Plymouth 3,868 $47,096.0 $192,400.0
15 Lancaster 1,730 $54,663.0 $143,300.0
16 Marlborough 1,110 $42,688.0 $180,200.0
17 Raymond 3,122 $62,717.0 $220,900.0
18 Conway 3,727 $46,974.0 $148,300.0
19 Wolfeboro 2,994 $43,681.0 $317,400.0
20 Epping 1,762 $51,250.0 $193,400.0
21 West Swanzey 1,344 $50,291.0 $153,500.0
22 Troy 1,155 $59,250.0 $114,800.0
23 Newport 4,987 $58,614.0 $149,700.0
24 Meredith 1,679 $49,773.0 $197,100.0
25 Belmont 1,883 $62,868.0 $168,200.0
26 Farmington 4,127 $57,128.0 $168,500.0
27 Antrim 1,290 $56,167.0 $175,400.0
28 Ashland 1,521 $31,424.0 $153,700.0
29 Whitefield 1,032 $32,893.0 $128,500.0
30 Littleton 4,420 $37,419.0 $159,500.0
31 Jaffrey 2,350 $41,077.0 $158,500.0
32 Winchester 2,016 $54,962.0 $117,900.0
33 Bristol 1,898 $44,023.0 $164,400.0
34 Groveton 1,253 $38,523.0 $67,500.0
35 Colebrook 1,187 $42,500.0 $116,300.0
36 Hinsdale 1,439 $39,038.0 $145,400.0
37 Pittsfield 1,634 $29,804.0 $122,500.0

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