Fastest Growing Cities In New Hampshire For 2020

We used data and science to determine the places in New Hampshire everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the 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 Newport and Hooksett, 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.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in New Hampshire for 2020 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Hampshire For 2020

  1. Pinardville (Photos)
  2. Hooksett
  3. Durham (Photos)
  4. Newmarket (Photos)
  5. South Hooksett (Photos)
  6. Dover (Photos)
  7. Londonderry (Photos)
  8. Hudson
  9. Hampton (Photos)
  10. Portsmouth (Photos)

What's the fastest growing city in New Hampshire for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Pinardville ranks as the fastest growing city in New Hampshire. If you happen to be a resident of Pinardville, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in New Hampshire or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more New Hampshire state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Hampshire For 2020

Pinardville, NH

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Population: 5,390
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 3,761
Percent Growth 43.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,629
More on Pinardville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Pinardville is a census-designated place in the town of Goffstown in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,780 at the 2010 census. Pinardville has existed since 1906.

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Population: 5,082
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 3,934
Percent Growth 29.2%
Absolute Growth: 1,148
More on Hooksett: Homes For Sale | Data

Durham, NH

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Population: 11,101
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,940
Percent Growth 24.2%
Absolute Growth: 2,161
More on Durham: Homes For Sale | 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.

Newmarket, NH

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Population: 5,536
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,035
Percent Growth 10.0%
Absolute Growth: 501
More on Newmarket: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Newmarket is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 8,936 at the 2010 census. Some residents are students and employees at the nearby University of New Hampshire in Durham.

South Hooksett, NH

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Population: 5,811
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,423
Percent Growth 7.2%
Absolute Growth: 388
More on South Hooksett: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Dover, NH

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Population: 31,316
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 29,679
Percent Growth 5.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,637
More on Dover: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Dover is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 29,987 at the 2010 census, the largest in the New Hampshire Seacoast region. The population was estimated at 31,153 in 2016. It is the county seat of Strafford County, and home to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, the Woodman Institute Museum, and the Children's Museum of New Hampshire.

Londonderry, NH

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Population: 11,465
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 10,913
Percent Growth 5.1%
Absolute Growth: 552
More on Londonderry: Homes For Sale | 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.

Hudson, NH

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Population: 7,591
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 7,281
Percent Growth 4.3%
Absolute Growth: 310
More on Hudson: Homes For Sale | Data

Hudson is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. It is located along the Massachusetts state line. The population was 24,467 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 24,645 in 2013. It is the ninth-largest municipality in the state, by population.

Hampton, NH

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Population: 9,235
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Population 2010: 8,869
Percent Growth 4.1%
Absolute Growth: 366
More on Hampton: Homes For Sale | 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


Population: 21,778
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 20,963
Percent Growth 3.9%
Absolute Growth: 815
More on Portsmouth: Homes For Sale | 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.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Granite State for 2020

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 27 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:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in New Hampshire with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in New Hampshire Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In New Hampshire, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in New Hampshire are led by Pinardville which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Suncook
  2. Exeter
  3. Claremont

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In New Hampshire For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Pinardville 43.3% 5,390 3,761
2 Hooksett 29.2% 5,082 3,934
3 Durham 24.2% 11,101 8,940
4 Newmarket 10.0% 5,536 5,035
5 South Hooksett 7.2% 5,811 5,423
6 Dover 5.5% 31,316 29,679
7 Londonderry 5.1% 11,465 10,913
8 Hudson 4.3% 7,591 7,281
9 Hampton 4.1% 9,235 8,869
10 Portsmouth 3.9% 21,778 20,963

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