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.

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.

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

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

Hanover has some of the highest home values in New Hampshire, and they’re going up fast. Additionally, Hanover only has 1790.0% of its residents living in poverty.

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

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

Portsmouth’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 5th highest, making Portsmouth a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.

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

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

We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Hampton 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 Hampton.

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

With the unemployment rate being the 14th lowest in New Hampshire and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Durham.

Plus, the crime rate is the 2nd lowest in the state!

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

Taking its place as the 6th best place in New Hampshire is Londonderry. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of New Hampshire.

It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.

An unemployment rate of only 4.6% helps thing too.

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

When you’re looking at the best places you could live in New Hampshire, Milford came in 7th. Let’s see why.

It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.

Plus, Milford has an impressive history for a place of just over 9,136 people. The median home costs a cool $220,900 and households make $57,134 which is good for 16th 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

If you want to live in New Hampshire, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the South Hooksett 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 $89,599 median income will do that).

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

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 is known for having a great education system and has the 14th shortest commute time.

Additionally, the unemployment rate in Dover is the 14th lowest in New Hampshire and the median income is the 9th highest in the state.

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

Let’s take a look at why Nashua is a great place to call home for 2019.

There’s low crime in Nashua, and the residents here are gainfully employed (6.0% unemployment rate).

You can make Nashua your home for only $239,100 which won’t be too hard on a $68,944 household salary.

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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