The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In New Hampshire For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the cheapest places to live in New Hampshire.

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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 cities and 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 25 largest places in New Hampshire, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

So where is the cheapest place to live in New Hampshire? That would be Somersworth.

So listen up Durham (the most expensive place in New Hampshire) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about New Hampshire and the cheapest places in the country:

The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In New Hampshire For 2019

Somersworth, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,797
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.7x (2nd most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 62.6x (7th cheapest)
More On Somersworth: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Somersworth is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 11,766 at the 2010 census. Somersworth has the smallest area and third-lowest population of New Hampshire’s 13 cities.

The median income in Somersworth comes in at $62,777 and the median home value is $171,700 for 2019.

Review Of Somersworth by HomeSnacks User

I have been a resident of Somersworth, NH for nearly three years now. I *chose* to live here, for 1,000 reasons that do not fit these narrow-minded metrics. However, I will not take issue with that. What I will dissect is the text written here about my chosen home.

According to the chatter weve read on forums, this ranking is valid. People complain about drug dealing, s*x clubs and other nefarious behavior. Fact is, Somersworth is the second most dangerous city you can live in New Hampshire.”||||-“Chatter we’ve read on forums.” Is this the scientific research that you speak of- Nice.

“Theres a lot of Section 8 housing here, and apparently, you have to stay away from certain areas of downtown.There was a murder in town in 2013, and you have a 1 in 25 chance of being the victim of a robbery, most likely a car or home break in. Yikes.”

I love the scientific correlation between Section 8 and rampant crime. Gosh, those Section 8 tenants should just be dropped off into the ocean and the world would be a better place. Oh shoot – that’s in Portsmouth. G*d forbid someone who was down on their luck wander a toe over into the precious mecca of everything awesome and beautiful. ||||”The fact remains there are far better options if you want to commute into Portsmouth.”

Speak of the devil! Well, you know life would have many far better options if the entire populous of Somersworth received a 500% pay grade increase. Perhaps instead of fleeing the treacherous wastelands described here, those shiny new tax dollars could go into making Somersworth shiny and beautiful.”

Suncook, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,272
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.2x (7th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 75.8x (2nd cheapest)
More On Suncook: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Suncook comes in at $62,855 and the median home value is $201,700 for 2019.

South Hooksett, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,927
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.8x (3rd most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 84.1x (1st cheapest)
More On South Hooksett: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in South Hooksett comes in at $91,108 and the median home value is $256,000 for 2019.

Rochester, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 30,212
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.0x (5th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 57.1x (15th cheapest)
More On Rochester: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Rochester is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 29,752, and in 2016 the estimated population was 30,345. The city includes the villages of East Rochester, Gonic, and North Rochester. Rochester is home to Skyhaven Airport

The median income in Rochester comes in at $55,767 and the median home value is $166,700 for 2019.

Berlin, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,273
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.4x (1st most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 52.6x (24th cheapest)
More On Berlin: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Berlin is a city along the Androscoggin River in Cos County in northern New Hampshire, United States. The population was 10,051 at the 2010 census. It includes the village of Cascade. Located on the edge of the White Mountains, the city’s boundaries extend into the White Mountain National Forest. Berlin is home to the Berlin and Cos County Historical Society’s Moffett House Museum & Genealogy Center, Service Credit Union Heritage Park, the Berlin Fish Hatchery, and the White Mountains Community College, member of the Community College System of New Hampshire.

The median income in Berlin comes in at $37,969 and the median home value is $90,400 for 2019.

Review Of Berlin by HomeSnacks User

ok I agree I live in berlin and I’ve lived here since the day I was born there is murder, drugs, weed, overdose, teen pregnant, and I’m 13.

I know someone’s gonna say your to young to understand, but because I live here and have self raised myself with a druggie mom and no dad on the planet I can say I know enough and probably more than you.

I personally cant find a full neighbor hood where there’s not either a pedo, pregnant teen, druggie, stoner r****t yeah so just saying berlin deserves the worst.

Claremont, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 13,028
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 5)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.8x (4th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 54.2x (20th cheapest)
More On Claremont: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Claremont is the only city in Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 13,355 at the 2010 census.

The median income in Claremont comes in at $46,639 and the median home value is $132,500 for 2019.

Review Of Claremont by HomeSnacks User

If a person is looking to move to a state for a growing family, NH is probably not for them. Only those of us with professional occupations can even get a decent job here, and then nowhere near the pay youd get elsewhere. Hubby and I moved to Colebrook when we each got out of the Air Force we only stayed there a year, as that place didnt even have a national store chain of any kind. We then moved to Claremont, where we raised our kids for the next 10 years. I am a nurse, hubby was a lab tech at the time, so finding jobs was very easy. We love that our children grew up with great schools, clean neighborhoods, and nice people. I feel I should mention that were a multiracial family, but never got nasty looks, etc. for it.

Franklin, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,491
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.3x (10th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 58.4x (13th cheapest)
More On Franklin: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Franklin is a city in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 8,477, the lowest of any of New Hampshire’s 13 cities. Franklin includes the village of West Franklin.

The median income in Franklin comes in at $48,398 and the median home value is $160,100 for 2019.

Review Of Franklin by HomeSnacks User

Taught at a camp here. Kids seemed sweet and generally interested in learning. Town, however, was shockingly run down and there is a high population of low-lifes. I didn’t even realize places like this exist in NH.

The beach in seems to be frequented by some serious scum bags. Also door to rest room opens inwards and HAS NO HANDLE ON THE INSIDE!

Keene, NH

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,204
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.3x (8th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 56.7x (16th cheapest)
More On Keene: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Keene is a city in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 23,409 at the 2010 census. It is the seat of Cheshire County.

The median income in Keene comes in at $55,398 and the median home value is $181,800 for 2019.

Review Of Keene by HomeSnacks User

Plenty of schools for education, parks, bike paths. Events live music in summer

Panhandlers, no public restroom. Broken sidewalks and curbs. Potholes galore.

Pinardville, NH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,142
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 7)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.0x (6th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 56.6x (17th cheapest)
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.

The median income in Pinardville comes in at $69,867 and the median home value is $209,900 for 2019.

Laconia, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,237
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.4x (14th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 57.2x (14th cheapest)
More On Laconia: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Laconia is a city in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 15,951 at the 2010 census, and an estimated 16,470 as of 2016. It is the county seat of Belknap County. Laconia, situated between Lake Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam Lake, includes the villages of Lakeport and Weirs Beach. Each June for nine days beginning on the Saturday of the weekend before Father’s Day and ending on Father’s Day, the city hosts Laconia Motorcycle Week, also more simply known as ‘bike week’, one of the country’s largest rallies, and each winter, the Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby. The city is also the site of the state’s annual Pumpkin Festival since 2015, having organized it after its former home of Keene rejected it due to riots in their neighborhoods in 2014. The city also includes one of the colleges of the Community College System of New Hampshire.

The median income in Laconia comes in at $52,702 and the median home value is $180,600 for 2019.

How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Granite State For 2019

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In New Hampshire
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics 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” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 25 places in New Hampshire that have more than 5,000 people.

The place with the lowest cost of living in New Hampshire according to the data is Somersworth.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. New Hampshire Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in New Hampshire, this is an accurate list of the most affordable places to live in new hampshire for 2019.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in New Hampshire according to the data:

  1. Durham
  2. Newmarket
  3. Portsmouth

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Affordable Places To Live In New Hampshire?

Rank City CheapScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Somersworth 4.67 11,797 2.7x 62.6x
2 Suncook 5.67 5,272 3.2x 75.8x
3 South Hooksett 8.0 5,927 2.8x 84.1x
4 Rochester 8.0 30,212 3.0x 57.1x
5 Berlin 8.67 10,273 2.4x 52.6x
6 Claremont 8.67 13,028 2.8x 54.2x
7 Franklin 8.67 8,491 3.3x 58.4x
8 Keene 10.33 23,204 3.3x 56.7x
9 Pinardville 11.0 5,142 3.0x 56.6x
10 Laconia 11.33 16,237 3.4x 57.2x

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