These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Hampshire


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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Manchester and Nashua, while others want peace and quiet like in Franklin and Berlin, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in New Hampshire have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Granite State that have people climbing over each other to get in:

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

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in New Hampshire are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Granite State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 13 New Hampshire cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Granite State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Lebanon

Lebanon, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,474
Population 2010: 13,127
Growth Rate: 2.64%
Absolute Growth: 347

2. Dover

Dover, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,332
Population 2010: 29,679
Growth Rate: 2.2%
Absolute Growth: 653

3. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,366
Population 2010: 20,963
Growth Rate: 1.92%
Absolute Growth: 403

4. Rochester

Rochester, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,883
Population 2010: 29,801
Growth Rate: 0.28%
Absolute Growth: 82

5. Manchester

Manchester, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 110,065
Population 2010: 109,791
Growth Rate: 0.25%
Absolute Growth: 274

6. Nashua

Nashua, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 86,799
Population 2010: 87,042
Growth Rate: -0.28%
Absolute Growth: -243

7. Somersworth

Somersworth, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,765
Population 2010: 11,822
Growth Rate: -0.48%
Absolute Growth: -57

8. Concord

Concord, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,514
Population 2010: 42,961
Growth Rate: -1.04%
Absolute Growth: -447

9. Keene

Keene, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,281
Population 2010: 23,547
Growth Rate: -1.13%
Absolute Growth: -266

10. Laconia

Laconia, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,007
Population 2010: 16,219
Growth Rate: -1.31%
Absolute Growth: -212

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in New Hampshire are led by Lebanon which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In New Hampshire

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Lebanon 1 13,474 13,127 347 2.6%
Dover 2 30,332 29,679 653 2.2%
Portsmouth 3 21,366 20,963 403 1.9%
Rochester 4 29,883 29,801 82 0.3%
Manchester 5 110,065 109,791 274 0.2%
Nashua 6 86,799 87,042 -243 -0.3%
Somersworth 7 11,765 11,822 -57 -0.5%
Concord 8 42,514 42,961 -447 -1.0%
Keene 9 23,281 23,547 -266 -1.1%
Laconia 10 16,007 16,219 -212 -1.3%
Franklin 11 8,462 8,582 -120 -1.4%
Claremont 12 13,169 13,470 -301 -2.2%
Berlin 13 9,710 10,208 -498 -4.9%

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