10 Best Places To Live In New Hampshire For 2019


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

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:

The 10 Best Places To Live In New Hampshire For 2019

Hanover, NH

Source: Public domain
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 ranks 1st 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 Hanover over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

Portsmouth, NH

Source: Public domain
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 has a strong showing in our best places to live in New Hampshire analysis, coming it at 2nd best.

It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.

If you're thinking of moving to New Hampshire, Portsmouth is a great option.

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

Exeter takes 3rd place on our list of best places in New Hampshire for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (7th overall) and things to do.

Exeter 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 $228,900 at the median.

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

With the unemployment rate being the 8th lowest in New Hampshire and very stable household median incomes, it's easy to see why someone would want to live in Hampton.

Plus, the crime rate is the 11th lowest in the state!

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

In Durham, everyone loves to call Durham home! The median home value is the 4th highest in New Hampshire.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 14th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Granite State.

Durham should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.

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

Perhaps what makes Londonderry so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.

However, quality education isn't all that makes Londonderry great. They also have the 3rd highest median income and the 23rd shortest commute time.

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 ranks as the 7th best place in New Hampshire for 2019. Let's take a look at why.

Milford has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Milford's cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries - to the tune of $57,134 a year.

The knock? We can't really find one 🙂

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

The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of New Hampshire, as there were only 38 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 5th lowest in New Hampshire (4.2%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.

Additionally, homes are the 6th most expensive in South Hooksett ($250,000), meaning a lot of people want to live there.

Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $89,599 a year.

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 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 $63,096, and the average cost of a home is $238,100. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

We wouldn't be surprised if more and more publications call Dover one of America's gems.

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

Crime is something that doesn't happen very often in Nashua. Statistically the 5th safest place in the state, there were only 151 violent crimes in the entire city last year.

It's really beautiful in Nashua, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $68,944 a year, and homes are valued at more than $239,100.

What else could you possibly want if you're someone who likes the good things in life?

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)

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Where Are 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

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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