These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Hampshire For 2018


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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.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in New Hampshire for 2018 according to the most recent census data:

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

If you happen to be a resident of Dover, 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–but first, a bit about our methodology.

Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.

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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 sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2016
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)

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 2016 – 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

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1. Dover

Dover, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,750
Population 2010: 29,679
Growth Rate: 3.61%
Absolute Growth: 1,071

2. Lebanon

Lebanon, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,528
Population 2010: 13,127
Growth Rate: 3.05%
Absolute Growth: 401

3. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,458
Population 2010: 20,963
Growth Rate: 2.36%
Absolute Growth: 495

4. Rochester

Rochester, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,052
Population 2010: 29,801
Growth Rate: 0.84%
Absolute Growth: 251

5. Manchester

Manchester, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 110,231
Population 2010: 109,791
Growth Rate: 0.4%
Absolute Growth: 440

6. Nashua

Nashua, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 87,279
Population 2010: 87,042
Growth Rate: 0.27%
Absolute Growth: 237

7. Keene

Keene, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,537
Population 2010: 23,547
Growth Rate: -0.04%
Absolute Growth: -10

8. Laconia

Laconia, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,171
Population 2010: 16,219
Growth Rate: -0.3%
Absolute Growth: -48

9. Berlin

Berlin, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,154
Population 2010: 10,208
Growth Rate: -0.53%
Absolute Growth: -54

10. Somersworth

Somersworth, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,756
Population 2010: 11,822
Growth Rate: -0.56%
Absolute Growth: -66

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in New Hampshire are led by Dover 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!

For more New Hampshire reading , check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In New Hampshire

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Dover 1 30,750 29,679 1,071 3.6%
Lebanon 2 13,528 13,127 401 3.1%
Portsmouth 3 21,458 20,963 495 2.4%
Rochester 4 30,052 29,801 251 0.8%
Manchester 5 110,231 109,791 440 0.4%
Nashua 6 87,279 87,042 237 0.3%
Keene 7 23,537 23,547 -10 -0.0%
Laconia 8 16,171 16,219 -48 -0.3%
Berlin 9 10,154 10,208 -54 -0.5%
Somersworth 10 11,756 11,822 -66 -0.6%
Concord 11 42,634 42,961 -327 -0.8%
Franklin 12 8,440 8,582 -142 -1.7%
Claremont 13 13,022 13,470 -448 -3.3%

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