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.
- Berlin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Claremont (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Belmont (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Alton (Homes For Sale)
- Rochester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Laconia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Suncook (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Keene (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:
- Health Insurance
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 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 is the only city in Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 13,355 at the 2010 census.
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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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- 10 Safest Places In New Hampshire
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In New Hampshire For 2018
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In New Hampshire
Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In New Hampshire