These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In New Hampshire For 2018


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.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in New Hampshire for 2018:

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

So listen up Hanover (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 the best places to live in New Hampshire or the most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Granite State For 2018

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
Health Care: 113
Housing: 58
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
Berlin /brln/ is a city along the Androscoggin River in Coös 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 Coös 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.

2. Claremont

Claremont, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,304
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 83
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
Claremont is the only city in Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 13,355 at the 2010 census.

3. Belmont

Belmont, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,345
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 88
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137

4. Franklin

Franklin, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,499
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 93
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
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.

5. Alton


Population: 5,240
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 99
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137

6. Rochester

Rochester, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,830
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 101
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
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

7. Laconia

Laconia, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,062
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 104
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
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.

8. Suncook

Suncook, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,258
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 104
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137

9. Keene

Keene, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,389
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 109
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
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.

10. Loudon


Population: 5,307
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 116
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in New Hampshire, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In New Hampshire

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
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
Hampton 26 8,997 117 103 116
Portsmouth 27 21,140 117 103 116
Hanover 28 8,608 117 103 116

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