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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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’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.
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 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
- 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