These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In New Hampshire For 2019


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

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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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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 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.

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 is by far one of the best places to live in New Hampshire: the math proves it! This city has the 1st lowest unemployment rate and the 1st highest median income in all of New Hampshire.

Plus, the median home values are the 1st highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 6th lowest in the state, making Hanover a safe and great place to live.

Portsmouth, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/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

Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Portsmouth 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, Portsmouth still holds its own in in New Hampshire.

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

In Exeter, everyone loves to call Exeter home! The median home value is the 10th highest in New Hampshire.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 7th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Granite State.

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

There’s two types of people who live in Hampton. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $336,700 home there.

Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Hampton is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.

Durham, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/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

If you want to live in New Hampshire, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Durham area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.

Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $48,804 median income will do that).

Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Durham as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Durham.

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

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Londonderry.

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 6th lowest in New Hampshire and the median income comes in at $85,893.

This 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

Milford is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.

It’s quite a gem tucked away in New Hampshire.

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

South Hooksett 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 5th lowest in the state at 4.2%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $89,599, and the average cost of a home is $250,000. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call South Hooksett one of America’s gems.

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

Dover had the 14th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (5.7%) and the 4th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.

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

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 ranks 10th on our list of best places to live in New Hampshire thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.

Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in New Hampshire that we examined.

People have been flocking to Nashua over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

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)

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

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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