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.

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.

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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

The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of New Hampshire, as there were only 11 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 1st lowest in New Hampshire (2.6%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.

Additionally, homes are the 1st most expensive in Hanover ($469,300), meaning a lot of people want to live there.

Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $96,406 a year.

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

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.

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 wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Exeter one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.

They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Exeter.

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

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

The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 4.8%, Hampton 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, Hampton is doing quite well.

Let’s be honest — Hampton is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

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

Durham 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 Durham has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 5.7% and lowering. And the Durham police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 2nd lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?

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

Londonderry is by far one of the best places to live in New Hampshire: the math proves it! This city has the 6th lowest unemployment rate and the 3rd highest median income in all of New Hampshire.

Plus, the median home values are the 5th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 10th lowest in the state, making Londonderry a safe and great place to live.

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

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 Milford.

Milford ranked impressively high for its crime rate (7th overall) and its short commute times (21st).

We think that’s worth the price of admission.

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

Good things do come in small packages; it’s true for South Hooksett, which with a population of 5,958 makes it one of the smallest on this list.

Relatively low unemployment and relatively high adjusted income are just two blessings South Hooksett residents enjoy.

The 23rd lowest crime rate in all of New Hampshire makes South Hooksett one of the safest place on this list.

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

We think the motto in Dover should be “Everything is greater in Dover,” and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.

Dover has some of the highest home values in New Hampshire, and they’re going up fast. Additionally, Dover only has 1010.0% of its residents living in poverty.

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

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’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 6th highest, making Nashua a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.

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

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 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

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