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 | Homes For Sale)
  2. Claremont (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Belmont (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Alton (Homes For Sale)
  6. Rochester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Laconia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Suncook (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Keene (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Loudon (Homes For Sale)

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 some more reading about New Hampshire and the cheapest places in the country:

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

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In New Hampshire
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.

Berlin, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,009
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 58
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
More on Berlin: Real Estate | 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.

Claremont, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,304
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 83
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Claremont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Belmont, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,345
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 88
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Belmont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Franklin, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,499
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 93
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Franklin: Real Estate | 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.

5. Alton

Alton, NH

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 5,240
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 99
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Alton: Real Estate | Photos

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Rochester, NH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 29,830
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 101
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Rochester: Real Estate | 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

Laconia, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,062
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 104
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Laconia: Real Estate | 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.

Suncook, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,258
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 104
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Suncook: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Keene, NH

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,389
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 109
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Keene: Real Estate | 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.

10. Loudon

Loudon, NH

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 5,307
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 116
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Loudon: Real Estate | Photos

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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 cheapest places to call home.

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

  1. Hanover
  2. Portsmouth
  3. Hampton

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In New Hampshire

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Berlin 5.5 10,009 111 101 113
2 Claremont 12.67 13,304 117 103 116
3 Belmont 12.83 7,345 117 103 116
4 Franklin 13.0 8,499 117 103 116
5 Alton 13.17 5,240 117 103 116
6 Rochester 13.33 29,830 117 103 116
7 Laconia 13.58 16,062 117 103 116
8 Suncook 13.58 5,258 117 103 116
9 Keene 13.83 23,389 117 103 116
10 Loudon 14.08 5,307 117 103 116
11 Derry 14.08 21,855 117 103 116
12 Concord 14.33 42,767 117 103 116
13 Manchester 14.5 109,786 117 103 116
14 Somersworth 14.67 11,782 117 103 116
15 Hudson 14.83 7,297 117 103 116
16 Dover 15.08 30,021 117 103 116
17 Newmarket 15.08 5,322 117 103 116
18 Goffstown 15.33 17,668 117 103 116
19 Lebanon 15.58 13,275 117 103 116
20 Milford 15.58 8,547 117 103 116
21 Exeter 15.92 9,537 117 103 116
22 Nashua 15.92 86,823 117 103 116
23 South Hooksett 16.17 5,471 117 103 116
24 Durham 16.33 8,897 117 103 116
25 Londonderry 16.5 10,683 117 103 116
26 Hampton 16.75 8,997 117 103 116
27 Portsmouth 16.75 21,140 117 103 116
28 Hanover 17.0 8,608 117 103 116

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