Most Expensive Places To Live In New Hampshire For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the most expensive places to live in New Hampshire.

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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 2020.

So where is the most expensive place to live in New Hampshire? That would be Durham.
the 2014-2018 American Community Survey for the 25 places in New Hampshire with more than 5,000 people.

What's the most expensive place to live in New Hampshire? Well, HomeSnacks crunched the numbers and discovered that Durham is the most expensive place to live in New Hampshire.

So hopefully Suncook (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 some more reading about New Hampshire and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In New Hampshire For 2020

Durham, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,101
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 7.2x (1st most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 51.6x (2nd most expensive)
More on Durham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Durham comes in at $47,300 and the median home value is $342,900 for 2020.

Newmarket, NH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,536
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.6x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 56.6x (8th most expensive)
More on Newmarket: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newmarket is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 8,936 at the 2010 census. Some residents are students and employees at the nearby University of New Hampshire in Durham.

The median income in Newmarket comes in at $67,299 and the median home value is $241,100 for 2020.

Portsmouth, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 21,778
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.1x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 63.3x (20th most expensive)
More on Portsmouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Portsmouth comes in at $78,027 and the median home value is $397,400 for 2020.

Manchester, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 111,657
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.7x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 53.6x (5th most expensive)
More on Manchester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Manchester is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Hampshire and the largest city in northern New England, an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 109,565, and its estimated 2016 population was 110,506. It is one of two seats of Hillsborough County, the state of New Hampshire's most populous county. Manchester is located near the northern end of the Northeast megalopolis, along the banks of the Merrimack River-which divides the city into eastern and western sections. It was first named by the merchant and inventor Samuel Blodgett. Blodget's vision was to create a great industrial center similar to that of the original Manchester in England, which was the world's first industrialized city.

The median income in Manchester comes in at $58,227 and the median home value is $217,100 for 2020.

Hanover, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,591
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.6x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 72.1x (24th most expensive)
More on Hanover: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Hanover comes in at $103,558 and the median home value is $576,700 for 2020.

Nashua, NH

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 88,606
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.5x (8th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 59.1x (14th most expensive)
More on Nashua: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 after Manchester. As of 2016 the population had risen to an estimated 87,882.

The median income in Nashua comes in at $73,022 and the median home value is $257,700 for 2020.

Exeter, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,070
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.4x (12th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 54.8x (6th most expensive)
More on Exeter: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Exeter comes in at $66,604 and the median home value is $228,000 for 2020.

Milford, NH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,168
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.5x (11th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 57.5x (10th most expensive)
More on Milford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Milford comes in at $66,270 and the median home value is $228,700 for 2020.

Hampton, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,235
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.9x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 77.2x (27th most expensive)
More on Hampton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Hampton comes in at $92,688 and the median home value is $358,300 for 2020.

Derry, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 22,381
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.4x (13th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 54.9x (7th most expensive)
More on Derry: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Derry is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 33,109 at the 2010 census. Although it is a town and not a city, Derry is the fourth most-populous community in the state. The town's nickname, "Spacetown", derives from the fact that Derry is the birthplace of Alan Shepard, the first astronaut from the United States in space. Derry was also for a time the home of the poet Robert Frost and his family.

The median income in Derry comes in at $63,554 and the median home value is $217,300 for 2020.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Granite State For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 most 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 highest cost of living in New Hampshire according to the data is Durham. You can download the data here.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In New Hampshire For 2020

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

Here's a look at the most affordable cities in New Hampshire according to the data:

  1. Suncook
  2. Somersworth
  3. Rochester

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In New Hampshire

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Durham 2.33 11,101 7.2x 51.6x
2 Newmarket 8.0 5,536 3.6x 56.6x
3 Portsmouth 8.33 21,778 5.1x 63.3x
4 Manchester 8.67 111,657 3.7x 53.6x
5 Hanover 9.0 8,591 5.6x 72.1x
6 Nashua 9.67 88,606 3.5x 59.1x
7 Exeter 10.33 9,070 3.4x 54.8x
8 Milford 10.67 9,168 3.5x 57.5x
9 Hampton 11.33 9,235 3.9x 77.2x
10 Derry 11.67 22,381 3.4x 54.9x
11 Dover 12.67 31,316 3.5x 64.6x
12 Lebanon 12.67 13,619 3.5x 65.2x
13 Concord 13.0 43,040 3.5x 59.9x
14 Hudson 13.67 7,591 3.2x 57.9x
15 Londonderry 14.0 11,465 3.4x 70.9x
16 Keene 14.67 23,165 3.3x 57.5x
17 Pinardville 17.33 5,390 2.9x 58.3x
18 South Hooksett 17.33 5,811 2.9x 76.8x
19 Laconia 18.0 16,342 3.3x 62.4x
20 Claremont 18.33 13,016 2.7x 52.9x
21 Berlin 19.0 10,382 2.3x 52.8x
22 Franklin 19.0 8,586 3.2x 60.4x
23 Rochester 19.67 30,661 2.9x 58.5x
24 Somersworth 21.33 11,883 2.8x 62.5x
25 Suncook 21.33 5,111 3.0x 77.0x

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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