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

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

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Where are the best places in the state of New Hampshire?

To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Granite State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.

However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in New Hampshire.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.

After analyzing 25 places in New Hampshire, we came up with this list of the best places:

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

Well, it looks like you should check out Hanover if you’re thinking of moving to New Hampshire — it’s the best the Granite State has to offer according to the data.

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in New Hampshire.

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

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

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 Place 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.

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.

Hanover, NH

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Population: 8,482
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $469,300 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.6% (1st best)
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Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Hanover is a wonderful place to live in this state.

The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don’t hurt either!

While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, Hanover still holds its own in in New Hampshire.

Portsmouth, NH

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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

It’s obvious why Portsmouth ranks 2nd in the state for best places to live: they have the 2nd lowest unemployment rate and the 2nd highest home values.

Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Portsmouth a great place to live.

Exeter, NH

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Population: 9,022
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $228,900 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (7th best)
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Exeter comes in at a close 3rd. They have the 7th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 7th highest median income as well, which means the people in Exeter are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 10th best in the state.

Hampton, NH

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Population: 9,542
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $336,700 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (8th best)
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Hampton is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 4th best place in New Hampshire?

Homes are priced around $336,700 and residents have the 16th shortest commute in New Hampshire.

Durham, NH

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Population: 10,666
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $322,400 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (14th best)
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Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in Durham.

Durham ranked impressively high for its crime rate (2nd overall) and its short commute times (5th).

We think that’s worth the price of admission.

Londonderry, NH

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Population: 11,049
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $276,200 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (6th best)
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Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Londonderry. Statistically the 10th safest place in the state, there were only 22 violent crimes in the entire city last year.

It’s really beautiful in Londonderry, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $85,893 a year, and homes are valued at more than $276,200.

What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the good things in life?

Milford, NH

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Population: 9,136
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $220,900 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (4th best)
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Milford is another gem in Granite State. The unemployment rate here is 4th lowest in the entire state at 3.9%. Other factors that make Milford so desirable is the solid education and home prices.

Homes are valued at $220,900, and parents earn a combined $57,134 a year

There’s nothing like the American dream.

South Hooksett, NH

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Population: 5,958
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $250,000 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (5th best)
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South Hooksett’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 2nd highest, making South Hooksett a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.

Additionally, South Hooksett has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.

Dover, NH

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Population: 30,750
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $238,100 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (14th best)
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Let’s take a look at why Dover is a great place to call home for 2018.

There’s low crime in Dover, and the residents here are gainfully employed (5.7% unemployment rate).

You can make Dover your home for only $238,100 which won’t be too hard on a $63,096 household salary.

Nashua, NH

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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 has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Nashua had the 6th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $68,944.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

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 2018.

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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Detailed List Of 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
11 Newmarket 5,597 7.2% $218,900
12 Lebanon 13,528 3.4% $240,000
13 Derry 22,392 7.3% $203,200
14 Concord 42,634 5.3% $204,600
15 Keene 23,537 5.5% $183,300
16 Pinardville 5,110 4.9% $200,400
17 Hudson 7,961 6.0% $220,800
18 Somersworth 11,756 6.7% $176,500
19 Suncook 5,171 9.4% $200,600
20 Manchester 110,231 6.0% $207,200
21 Claremont 13,022 5.6% $137,300
22 Rochester 30,052 5.8% $161,200
23 Berlin 10,154 9.2% $88,700
24 Laconia 16,171 7.5% $178,100
25 Franklin 8,440 7.1% $160,100

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