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:
- Hanover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Portsmouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Exeter (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hampton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Durham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Londonderry (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Milford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- South Hooksett (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Dover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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.
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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’.
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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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 isn’t just the nicest place to live in New Hampshire – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.
It’s got the 1st lowest unemployment rate, the 1st highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you’re looking at science and data, Hanover definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2018.
If you live in Portsmouth, you probably know how great it is already.
Portsmouth has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($69,664). And the crime is really, really low (8th lowest in New Hampshire).
If we could afford to move here, we probably would.
The crime is the 3rd lowest in the state in Exeter, and there were only 11 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it’s even safer here than the numbers indicate.
The schools are some of the best in New Hampshire, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Exeter earn $66,964 a year.
Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Hampton. Statistically the 11th safest place in the state, there were only 26 violent crimes in the entire city last year.
It’s really beautiful in Hampton, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $84,312 a year, and homes are valued at more than $336,700.
What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the good things in life?
Durham has it made. In fact, according to science, it’s one of the best places to live in the state of New Hampshire.
The unemployment rate is the 14th lowest in the state at 5.7%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $48,804, and the average cost of a home is $322,400. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.
We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Durham one of America’s gems.
Who doesn’t want to live in Londonderry? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.
Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 4.6%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.
Expect to see more of Londonderry in the news in the coming months.
Milford has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.
Just about everyone who wants a job in Milford has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 3.9% and lowering. And the Milford police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 7th lowest in the state here.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?
Looks like little South Hooksett might be a hidden gem in New Hampshire. The population is shrinking a bit, despite the fact that home values are still rising ($250,000) and crime is really low (23rd lowest in the state).
Perhaps the cat’s now out of the bag — quick better move in before prices go up more.
Dover takes 9th place on our list of best places in New Hampshire for 2018 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (14th overall) and things to do.
Dover is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $238,100 at the median.
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Nashua. The crime is the 5th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Nashua make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $239,100 and households make $68,944 which is good for 6th in New Hampshire.
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
- Charlestown (Pop. 1,374)
- Goffstown (Pop. 3,225)
- Contoocook (Pop. 1,773)
- Gorham (Pop. 1,582)
- Henniker (Pop. 1,598)
- Hooksett (Pop. 4,149)
- Hillsborough (Pop. 2,037)
- Enfield (Pop. 1,272)
- Hampton Beach (Pop. 2,264)
- Peterborough (Pop. 3,015)
Best Small Towns To Live In New Hampshire
- Amherst (Pop. 670)
- Loudon (Pop. 782)
- Walpole (Pop. 401)
- Hancock (Pop. 201)
- Plainfield (Pop. 282)
- Newfields (Pop. 323)
- New Hampton (Pop. 367)
- Warner (Pop. 473)
- Seabrook Beach (Pop. 958)
- North Haverhill (Pop. 898)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in New Hampshire according to the data:
- Berlin (Pop. 10,154)
- Laconia (Pop. 16,171)
- Franklin (Pop. 8,440)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In New Hampshire