These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In New Hampshire For 2018


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 2018:

  1. Contoocook (Homes For Sale)
  2. Goffstown (Homes For Sale)
  3. Charlestown (Homes For Sale)
  4. Hillsborough (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Henniker (Homes For Sale)
  6. Hooksett (Homes For Sale)
  7. Gorham (Homes For Sale)
  8. Hampton Beach (Homes For Sale)
  9. Enfield (Homes For Sale)
  10. Lancaster (Homes For Sale)

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:

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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 – 38 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 38, 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.

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1. Contoocook


Population: 1,773
Median Income: $66,932 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $263,300 (3rd Best)
More on Contoocook: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Goffstown


Population: 3,225
Median Income: $72,792 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $227,900 (5th Best)
More on Goffstown: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Charlestown


Population: 1,374
Median Income: $70,779 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $160,300 (24th Best)
More on Charlestown: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Hillsborough

Hillsborough, NH

Population: 2,037
Median Income: $67,647 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $202,000 (10th Best)
More on Hillsborough: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

5. Henniker


Population: 1,598
Median Income: $47,171 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $219,700 (7th Best)
More on Henniker: Data| Homes For Sale

6. Hooksett


Population: 4,149
Median Income: $67,675 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $191,500 (12th Best)
More on Hooksett: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Gorham


Population: 1,582
Median Income: $58,698 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $117,900 (37th Best)
More on Gorham: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Hampton Beach


Population: 2,264
Median Income: $50,652 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $333,200 (1st Best)
More on Hampton Beach: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Enfield


Population: 1,272
Median Income: $49,673 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $207,100 (9th Best)
More on Enfield: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Lancaster


Population: 1,766
Median Income: $60,450 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $167,500 (19th Best)
More on Lancaster: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Peterborough


Population: 3,015
Median Income: $47,420 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $222,800 (6th Best)
More on Peterborough: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Plymouth

Plymouth, NH

Population: 3,882
Median Income: $46,786 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $189,400 (13th Best)
More on Plymouth: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

13. East Merrimack


Population: 3,920
Median Income: $59,527 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $161,200 (23rd Best)
More on East Merrimack: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Conway


Population: 3,298
Median Income: $45,842 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $146,800 (27th Best)
More on Conway: Data| Homes For Sale

15. North Conway

North Conway, NH

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Population: 2,358
Median Income: $43,512 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $231,000 (4th Best)
More on North Conway: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

16. Wolfeboro


Population: 2,323
Median Income: $63,194 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $324,400 (2nd Best)
More on Wolfeboro: Data| Homes For Sale

17. Marlborough


Population: 1,009
Median Income: $42,774 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $179,300 (14th Best)
More on Marlborough: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Newport

Newport, NH

Population: 4,923
Median Income: $52,547 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $144,000 (28th Best)
More on Newport: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

19. Belmont

Belmont, NH

Source: Public domain

Population: 1,793
Median Income: $59,934 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $175,200 (16th Best)
More on Belmont: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

20. Tilton Northfield


Population: 3,512
Median Income: $52,557 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $173,900 (17th Best)
More on Tilton Northfield: 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. Winchester

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In New Hampshire

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Contoocook 1,773 $66,932 $263,300
2 Goffstown 3,225 $72,792 $227,900
3 Charlestown 1,374 $70,779 $160,300
4 Hillsborough 2,037 $67,647 $202,000
5 Henniker 1,598 $47,171 $219,700
6 Hooksett 4,149 $67,675 $191,500
7 Gorham 1,582 $58,698 $117,900
8 Hampton Beach 2,264 $50,652 $333,200
9 Enfield 1,272 $49,673 $207,100
10 Lancaster 1,766 $60,450 $167,500
11 Peterborough 3,015 $47,420 $222,800
12 Plymouth 3,882 $46,786 $189,400
13 East Merrimack 3,920 $59,527 $161,200
14 Conway 3,298 $45,842 $146,800
15 North Conway 2,358 $43,512 $231,000
16 Wolfeboro 2,323 $63,194 $324,400
17 Marlborough 1,009 $42,774 $179,300
18 Newport 4,923 $52,547 $144,000
19 Belmont 1,793 $59,934 $175,200
20 Tilton Northfield 3,512 $52,557 $173,900
21 Epping 1,756 $50,533 $171,100
22 Meredith 1,803 $44,600 $192,700
23 Raymond 3,141 $58,438 $210,100
24 West Swanzey 1,250 $42,057 $154,500
25 Troy 1,142 $55,938 $121,300
26 Antrim 1,345 $62,500 $175,600
27 Ashland 1,362 $41,298 $137,500
28 Bristol 1,946 $49,643 $166,500
29 Littleton 4,650 $37,727 $163,300
30 Jaffrey 2,537 $40,192 $154,500
31 Whitefield 1,039 $32,647 $135,200
32 Groveton 1,031 $31,858 $72,500
33 Greenville 1,104 $54,167 $141,800
34 Farmington 4,122 $38,506 $163,500
35 Colebrook 1,249 $38,750 $126,800
36 Winchester 1,870 $46,875 $130,000
37 Hinsdale 1,404 $31,635 $142,100
38 Pittsfield 1,619 $28,795 $128,700

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