10 Best Places To Live In New Hampshire For 2019


Here are the cream of the crop in the Granite State.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in New Hampshire.

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If you want four seasons, down-to-earth, friendly people, and no state or personal tax, you can find it in New Hampshire. You can also find some of the best places to live in the country.

While the whole place is downright lovely, some spots in the Granite State deserve special attention for standing out as truly extraordinary. This is why HomeSnacks created a list of the top ten best places to live in New Hampshire for 2019. New Hampshire's best places all exude gold star qualities like affordable housing, jobs that provide a nice income, and excellent schools. And that, folks, is just the beginning.

The places on our list have some of the best farmers' markets, farm-to-table dining, and just an all around healthier outlook. It must be working because New Hampshirites have one of the highest life expectancy rates. Don't worry, New Hampshire has some great places to retire to as well. We can also thank some of New Hampshire's best places for Segway, Stonyfield Yogurt, and Badger Balm. Not only are these New Hampshire companies making products people love, they are helping to create jobs. And those jobs are keeping New Hampshire's economy strong with a 2.4 % unemployment rate.

To see the places that made our exclusive best of the best places to live in New Hampshire for 2019, take a look below.

How did we determine the best place to live in New Hampshire for 2019. We looked at the most recent FBI and Census data. The competition was fierce to say the least, but there can be only one best place to live in New Hampshire. What's the best place to live in New Hampshire? That would be Hanover based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

We are not at all surprised. Hanover has affordable homes, great jobs, blue ribbon schools, and super nice people.

To see what other places made our list, keep reading. And if you don't see your favorite there, head on down to the bottom.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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The 10 Best Places To Live In New Hampshire For 2019

Hanover, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,482
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $469,300 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.6% (1st best)
More on Hanover: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hanover makes a case for being one of the best places to live in New Hampshire mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.

And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 2.6% of folks are jobless, you can bet Hanover residents are glad to live where they do.

Portsmouth, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 21,458
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $361,000 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (2nd best)
More on Portsmouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Town of Portsmouth might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.

The crime rate in Portsmouth isn't amazing, but it's far below the state average. The homes are valued at $361,000 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in New Hampshire.

If Portsmouth can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (3.3% is the 2nd highest in the state.

Exeter, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,022
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $228,900 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (7th best)
More on Exeter: Real Estate | Data | Photos

We think the motto in Exeter should be "Everything is greater in Exeter," and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.

Exeter has some of the highest home values in New Hampshire, and they're going up fast. Additionally, Exeter only has 840.0% of its residents living in poverty.

Crime is also well below the state average, making Exeter a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.

Hampton, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,542
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $336,700 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (8th best)
More on Hampton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The tiny town of Hampton may not remain tiny forever. The word has been out for a long, long time about how special this place is.

The residents are heavily involved in making their community even more awesome, and as many New Hampshire residents know, Hampton is a great central spot for making the most of life.

Durham, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,666
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $322,400 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (14th best)
More on Durham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Town of Durham consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren't any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?

Let's see why Durham ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Durham are the 4th most expensive in the state of New Hampshire, with the average home worth a whopping $322,400. We're not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Durham if they can afford it.

Other numbers that stand out: Durham residents have the 22nd highest income in the state, and the 2nd lowest crime numbers in New Hampshire.

Londonderry, NH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,049
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $276,200 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (6th best)
More on Londonderry: Real Estate | Data | Photos

You might be surprised to see the Town of Londonderry so high on the list. Unless you live in Londonderry.

The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 4.6%, Londonderry residents are some of the hardest working in the state of New Hampshire. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Londonderry is doing quite well.

Let's be honest -- Londonderry is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Milford, NH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,136
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $220,900 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (4th best)
More on Milford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tiny Milford (population 9,136) packs a big punch when it comes to desirability in the state of New Hampshire.

It looks like the mayor has things going in the right direction: Crime is the 7th lowest in the state and incomes are the 16th highest. Top that off with the 8th most educated adult population and Milford won't be staying tiny for much longer.

South Hooksett, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,958
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $250,000 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (5th best)
More on South Hooksett: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Little South Hooksett has it made. It has the 5th lowest unemployment rate, and crime is far below average for New Hampshire.

Residents here have great jobs, and the home price proves it's a highly desirable location in the state, for those who can afford the high cost of living

We'd recommend you start saving up!

Dover, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,750
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $238,100 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (14th best)
More on Dover: Real Estate | Data | Photos

If you don't have a job in Dover, you're most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get -- 5.7%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $63,096.

That's actually not a bad idea...

Nashua, NH

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 87,279
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $239,100 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (17th best)
More on Nashua: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Nashua had the 17th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (6.0%) and the 5th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.

Nashua is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it's like to live there.

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in New Hampshire

The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Concord with a population of 42,634 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn't fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities -- Populations over 5,000
  • Towns -- Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
  • Small Towns -- Populations below 1,000

This left us with 25 cities, 38 towns, and 26 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be 'the best'.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In New Hampshire

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in New Hampshire across a number of criteria from one to 25, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best Place To Live In New Hampshire".

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in New Hampshire? That would be Hanover.

If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in New Hampshire.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Hanover at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In New Hampshire

If you're looking at areas in New Hampshire with the best economic situations, where there's lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

Hanover made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in New Hampshire for 2019.

Best Towns To Live In New Hampshire

  1. Charlestown (Pop. 1,374)
  2. Goffstown (Pop. 3,225)
  3. Contoocook (Pop. 1,773)
  4. Gorham (Pop. 1,582)
  5. Henniker (Pop. 1,598)
  6. Hooksett (Pop. 4,149)
  7. Hillsborough (Pop. 2,037)
  8. Enfield (Pop. 1,272)
  9. Hampton Beach (Pop. 2,264)
  10. Peterborough (Pop. 3,015)

Best Small Towns To Live In New Hampshire

  1. Amherst (Pop. 670)
  2. Loudon (Pop. 782)
  3. Walpole (Pop. 401)
  4. Hancock (Pop. 201)
  5. Plainfield (Pop. 282)
  6. Newfields (Pop. 323)
  7. New Hampton (Pop. 367)
  8. Warner (Pop. 473)
  9. Seabrook Beach (Pop. 958)
  10. North Haverhill (Pop. 898)

If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in New Hampshire according to the data:

  1. Berlin (Pop. 10,154)
  2. Laconia (Pop. 16,171)
  3. Franklin (Pop. 8,440)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In New Hampshire?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Hanover 8,482 2.6% $469,300
2 Portsmouth 21,458 3.3% $361,000
3 Exeter 9,022 4.7% $228,900
4 Hampton 9,542 4.8% $336,700
5 Durham 10,666 5.7% $322,400
6 Londonderry 11,049 4.6% $276,200
7 Milford 9,136 3.9% $220,900
8 South Hooksett 5,958 4.2% $250,000
9 Dover 30,750 5.7% $238,100
10 Nashua 87,279 6.0% $239,100

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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