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


We used science and data to determine which cities in New Hampshire that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and New Hampshire does this very well. Families love the Granite State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in New Hampshire that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in New Hampshire for 2018:

  1. Hanover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Portsmouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Hampton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Londonderry (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Durham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. South Hooksett (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Nashua (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Exeter (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Milford (Homes For Sale)
  10. Lebanon (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Berlin (the cheapest place to live in New Hampshire) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in New Hampshire or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive 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 most 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.

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. Hanover

Hanover, New Hampshire

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Population: 8,608
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 233
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Hanover: Homes For Sale | Data
Hanover is a town along the Connecticut River in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 11,260 at the 2010 census. CNN and Money magazine rated Hanover the sixth best place to live in America in 2011, and the second best in 2007. ‘This just might be the best college town,’ read the headline of a story in the January-February 2017 issue of Yankee.

2. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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Population: 21,140
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 161
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Portsmouth: Homes For Sale | Data
Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. It is the only city in the county, but only the fourth-largest community, with a population of 21,233 at the 2010 census. As of 2016 the estimated population was 21,485. A historic seaport and popular summer tourist destination, Portsmouth was the home of the Strategic Air Command’s Pease Air Force Base, later converted to Portsmouth International Airport at Pease with limited commercial air service.

3. Hampton

Hampton, New Hampshire

Population: 8,997
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 161
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Hampton: Homes For Sale | Data
Hampton is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 14,976 at the 2010 census. Located beside the Atlantic Ocean, Hampton is home to Hampton Beach, a summer tourist destination.

4. Londonderry

Londonderry, New Hampshire

Population: 10,683
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 147
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Londonderry: Homes For Sale | Data
Londonderry is a town in western Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The town is bordered on the north by the city of Manchester and on the east by the town of Derry. The population was 24,129 at the 2010 census. Londonderry is known for its apple orchards and is home to the headquarters of Stonyfield Farm and partial home to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

5. Durham

Durham, New Hampshire

Population: 8,897
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 142
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Durham: Homes For Sale | Data
Durham is a town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 14,638 at the 2010 census. Durham is home to the University of New Hampshire.

6. South Hooksett

South Hooksett, New Hampshire

Population: 5,471
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 135
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on South Hooksett: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Nashua

Nashua, New Hampshire

Population: 86,823
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 131
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Nashua: Homes For Sale | Data
Nashua is a city in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2010 census, Nashua had a total population of 86,494, making it the second-largest city in the state (and in the three northern New England states) after Manchester. As of 2016 the population had risen to an estimated 87,882.

8. Exeter

Exeter, New Hampshire

Population: 9,537
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 131
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Exeter: Homes For Sale | Data
Exeter is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The town’s population was 14,306 at the 2010 census. Exeter was the county seat until 1997, when county offices were moved to neighboring Brentwood. Home to the Phillips Exeter Academy, a private university-preparatory school, Exeter is situated where the Exeter River feeds the tidal Squamscott River.

9. Milford

Milford, New Hampshire

Population: 8,547
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 129
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Milford: Homes For Sale | Data
Milford is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States, on the Souhegan River. The population was 15,115 at the 2010 census. It is the retail and manufacturing center of a six-town area known informally as the Souhegan Valley.

10. Lebanon

Lebanon, New Hampshire

Population: 13,275
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 129
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Lebanon: Homes For Sale | Data
Lebanon locally /lbnn/ is a city in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 13,151 at the 2010 census and an estimated 13,513 as of 2016. Lebanon is located in western New Hampshire, south of Hanover, near the Connecticut River. It is the home to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Medical School, together comprising the largest medical facility between Boston, Massachusetts and Burlington, Vermont.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in New Hampshire that have the highest cost of living, with Hanover ranking as the most expensive city in the Granite State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in New Hampshire:

  1. Berlin
  2. Claremont
  3. Belmont

For more New Hampshire reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In New Hampshire

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

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