These Are The 10 Richest Cities In New Hampshire


We analyzed over 24 places in New Hampshire to determine where the 1% live.

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South Hooksett, Hampton, Portsmouth: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in New Hampshire. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Granite State.

South Hooksett in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $88,850 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.3%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in New Hampshire share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 24 places in New Hampshire with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten richest places in the Granite State:

  1. South Hooksett
  2. Hampton
  3. Portsmouth
  4. Londonderry
  5. Exeter
  6. Dover
  7. Derry
  8. Lebanon
  9. Hanover
  10. Hudson

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the poorest place in New Hampshire? That would be Berlin.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In New Hampshire

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is simply how much people earn. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 24 places with more than 5,000 people in New Hampshire, we ranked each place from 1 to 24 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, South Hooksett, crowned the “Richest Place In New Hampshire”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 24 places.

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1. South Hooksett


Population: 5,378

Median Income: $88,850
Poverty Level: 2.3%
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%

2. Hampton

Hampton, New Hampshire

Source: Hampton Nh. Google Maps

Population: 9,417

Median Income: $77,120
Poverty Level: 3.8%
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%

3. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Source: Portsmouth Brewery Portsmouth Nh. Google Maps

Population: 21,366

Median Income: $67,690
Poverty Level: 7.9%
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

4. Londonderry

Londonderry, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,637

Median Income: $90,250
Poverty Level: 3.9%
Unemployment Rate: 8.7%

5. Exeter

Exeter, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,303

Median Income: $68,600
Poverty Level: 9.4%
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%

6. Dover

Dover, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,332

Median Income: $60,030
Poverty Level: 9.8%
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%

7. Derry


Population: 22,129

Median Income: $57,300
Poverty Level: 8.1%
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%

8. Lebanon

Lebanon, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,474

Median Income: $52,520
Poverty Level: 12.2%
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

9. Hanover


Population: 8,411

Median Income: $76,760
Poverty Level: 25.5%
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%

10. Hudson


Population: 7,725

Median Income: $63,600
Poverty Level: 4.3%
Unemployment Rate: 9.0%

There You Have It – The Richest Places In New Hampshire

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in New Hampshire, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in New Hampshire. When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in NH, according to data:

Poorest: Berlin
2nd Poorest: Franklin
3rd Poorest: Suncook
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Detailed List Of Richest Places In New Hampshire

City Rank Population Median Income Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
South Hooksett 1 5,378 $88,850 2.3% 4.8%
Hampton 2 9,417 $77,127 3.8% 5.0%
Portsmouth 3 21,366 $67,679 7.9% 4.2%
Londonderry 4 10,637 $90,252 3.9% 8.7%
Exeter 5 9,303 $68,644 9.4% 5.9%
Dover 6 30,332 $60,038 9.8% 6.7%
Derry 7 22,129 $57,338 8.1% 7.1%
Lebanon 8 13,474 $52,825 12.2% 3.4%
Hanover 9 8,411 $76,719 25.5% 3.1%
Hudson 10 7,725 $63,662 4.3% 9.0%
Milford 11 8,970 $49,643 7.9% 6.1%
Nashua 12 86,799 $66,818 9.2% 8.1%
Concord 13 42,514 $54,182 12.2% 7.1%
Rochester 14 29,883 $48,114 11.8% 6.9%
Manchester 15 110,065 $55,306 13.2% 7.9%
Somersworth 16 11,765 $53,094 14.9% 7.0%
Newmarket 17 5,589 $52,395 13.2% 10.1%
Laconia 18 16,007 $49,925 13.9% 9.6%
Keene 19 23,281 $52,327 17.7% 9.8%
Claremont 20 13,169 $45,510 13.8% 9.9%
Durham 21 10,288 $44,722 47.2% 7.3%
Suncook 22 5,017 $43,780 13.7% 10.7%
Franklin 23 8,462 $42,742 19.9% 8.7%
Berlin 24 9,710 $36,358 15.6% 10.8%

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One thought on “These Are The 10 Richest Cities In New Hampshire

  1. There is no such thing as South Hooksett, only Hooksett with a population of around 14,000 versus the 5,000 shown in the article. Further, Bedford without a doubt is by far the richest city in the state, with many of the seacoast cities right behind. What kind of list is this?

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