These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In New Hampshire


We used data and science to determine which places in New Hampshire go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said “she works hard for the money” and these places in New Hampshire definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in New Hampshire where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Granite State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 28 largest places in New Hampshire, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Berlin
  2. Claremont
  3. Belmont
  4. Franklin
  5. Alton
  6. Rochester
  7. Laconia
  8. Suncook
  9. Keene
  10. Loudon

So listen up Hanover as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Granite State

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in New Hampshire to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 28 places in New Hampshire that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Berlin

Berlin, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,009
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 113
Housing: 58
Transportation: 129
Utiltiies: 119

2. Claremont

Claremont, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,304
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 116
Housing: 83
Transportation: 106
Utiltiies: 137

3. Belmont


Population: 7,345
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 116
Housing: 88
Transportation: 106
Utiltiies: 137

4. Franklin

Franklin, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,499
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 116
Housing: 93
Transportation: 106
Utiltiies: 137

5. Alton


Population: 5,240
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 116
Housing: 99
Transportation: 106
Utiltiies: 137

6. Rochester

Rochester, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,830
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 116
Housing: 101
Transportation: 106
Utiltiies: 137

7. Laconia

Laconia, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,062
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 116
Housing: 104
Transportation: 106
Utiltiies: 137

8. Suncook

Suncook, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,258
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 116
Housing: 104
Transportation: 106
Utiltiies: 137

9. Keene

Keene, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,389
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 116
Housing: 109
Transportation: 106
Utiltiies: 137

10. Loudon


Population: 5,307
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 116
Housing: 116
Transportation: 106
Utiltiies: 137

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In New Hampshire

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Berlin 1 10,009 111 101 113
Claremont 2 13,304 117 103 116
Belmont 3 7,345 117 103 116
Franklin 4 8,499 117 103 116
Alton 5 5,240 117 103 116
Rochester 6 29,830 117 103 116
Laconia 7 16,062 117 103 116
Suncook 8 5,258 117 103 116
Keene 9 23,389 117 103 116
Loudon 10 5,307 117 103 116
Derry 11 21,855 117 103 116
Concord 12 42,767 117 103 116
Manchester 13 109,786 117 103 116
Somersworth 14 11,782 117 103 116
Hudson 15 7,297 117 103 116
Dover 16 30,021 117 103 116
Newmarket 17 5,322 117 103 116
Goffstown 18 17,668 117 103 116
Lebanon 19 13,275 117 103 116
Milford 20 8,547 117 103 116
Exeter 21 9,537 117 103 116
Nashua 22 86,823 117 103 116
South Hooksett 23 5,471 117 103 116
Durham 24 8,897 117 103 116
Londonderry 25 10,683 117 103 116
Portsmouth 26 21,140 117 103 116
Hampton 27 8,997 117 103 116
Hanover 28 8,608 117 103 116

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