Best Small Towns In New Hampshire For 2020


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

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in New Hampshire.

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 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in New Hampshire for 2020.

What’s the best small town in New Hampshire? New London is the best small town in New Hampshire based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like New London, 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:

The 15 Best Small Towns In New Hampshire For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,400
Median Income: $66,324 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $273,100 (3rd Best)
More on New London: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,702
Median Income: $81,500 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $248,500 (4th Best)
More on Contoocook: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,043
Median Income: $63,750 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $169,200 (18th Best)
More on North Haverhill: Data | Homes For Sale

Plymouth, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,163
Median Income: $88,750 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $193,600 (13th Best)
More on Plymouth: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,798
Median Income: $77,159 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $232,400 (8th Best)
More on Henniker: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,846
Median Income: $77,235 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $240,700 (6th Best)
More on Peterborough: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,460
Median Income: $61,544 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $137,400 (32nd Best)
More on Gorham: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,870
Median Income: $46,000 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $317,600 (2nd Best)
More on Wolfeboro: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,603
Median Income: $60,608 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $334,300 (1st Best)
More on Hampton Beach: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,000
Median Income: $83,480 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $235,500 (7th Best)
More on Goffstown: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,029
Median Income: $50,833 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $138,300 (31st Best)
More on Charlestown: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,666
Median Income: $48,036 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $198,300 (12th Best)
More on Enfield: Data | Homes For Sale

North Conway, NH

Source: Wikipedia User |
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,284
Median Income: $61,409 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $245,500 (5th Best)
More on North Conway: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,150
Median Income: $54,477 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $144,800 (28th Best)
More on West Swanzey: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,156
Median Income: $53,933 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $165,500 (20th Best)
More on Tilton Northfield: Data | Homes For Sale

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 2014-2018 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 – 36 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 36, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in New Hampshire. Top of that list — New London. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in New Hampshire.

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 15 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. Colebrook
  2. Winchester
  3. Pittsfield

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 New London, NH 1,400 $66,324.0 $273,100.0
2 Contoocook, NH 1,702 $81,500.0 $248,500.0
3 North Haverhill, NH 1,043 $63,750.0 $169,200.0
4 Plymouth, NH 3,163 $88,750.0 $193,600.0
5 Henniker, NH 1,798 $77,159.0 $232,400.0
6 Peterborough, NH 2,846 $77,235.0 $240,700.0
7 Gorham, NH 1,460 $61,544.0 $137,400.0
8 Wolfeboro, NH 2,870 $46,000.0 $317,600.0
9 Hampton Beach, NH 2,603 $60,608.0 $334,300.0
10 Goffstown, NH 3,000 $83,480.0 $235,500.0
11 Charlestown, NH 1,029 $50,833.0 $138,300.0
12 Enfield, NH 1,666 $48,036.0 $198,300.0
13 North Conway, NH 2,284 $61,409.0 $245,500.0
14 West Swanzey, NH 1,150 $54,477.0 $144,800.0
15 Tilton Northfield, NH 3,156 $53,933.0 $165,500.0
16 East Merrimack, NH 4,148 $62,880.0 $166,100.0
17 Hillsborough, NH 1,735 $61,603.0 $145,900.0
18 Marlborough, NH 1,112 $46,136.0 $185,100.0
19 Raymond, NH 2,994 $66,071.0 $227,600.0
20 Lancaster, NH 1,814 $56,132.0 $142,700.0
21 Meredith, NH 1,632 $46,950.0 $208,600.0
22 Epping, NH 1,907 $61,285.0 $199,800.0
23 Antrim, NH 1,232 $58,611.0 $181,700.0
24 Conway, NH 3,838 $47,716.0 $159,800.0
25 Belmont, NH 1,814 $68,779.0 $171,700.0
26 Whitefield, NH 1,010 $33,818.0 $110,500.0
27 Jaffrey, NH 2,614 $46,638.0 $162,800.0
28 Farmington, NH 4,451 $55,951.0 $171,900.0
29 Groveton, NH 1,204 $44,600.0 $66,000.0
30 Ashland, NH 1,353 $42,019.0 $165,200.0
31 Littleton, NH 4,604 $38,357.0 $159,600.0
32 Bristol, NH 1,916 $41,477.0 $157,900.0
33 Hinsdale, NH 1,524 $42,278.0 $141,100.0
34 Pittsfield, NH 1,586 $29,957.0 $145,700.0
35 Winchester, NH 2,199 $47,500.0 $107,700.0
36 Colebrook, NH 1,064 $38,854.0 $99,500.0

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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