Where are the best places in the state of New Hampshire? They are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places where people have the best jobs, and where residents are happily married, where the sun shines the most.
And certainly, since crime is really low, every one wants to be there. It’s, literally, all sunshine and rainbows.
We looked at the 54 most populated cities in the Granite State for this study. The cities at the top are places where things are going swimmingly right now, at least according to data, which measures the good things that people say they want in a New Hampshire city.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against. We had more than 10 million people read our worst cities in a state series, which was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including an NPR feature.
So we know what we’re talking about.
Here are the 10 best places to live in New Hampshire:
We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty, ‘friendly people’ and community involvement), these are the best options in New Hampshire for making a place home.
The worst city to live in New Hampshire? Berlin. More on that later.
How do you decide if a place is amazeballs or not?
In order to rank New Hampshire’s best cities, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, good weather, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we crunched the numbers for New Hampshire
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used:
- Strong schools
- Low unemployment rates
- High incomes
- High home prices
- Lots of sunny days a year
- Low crime
- Low cost of living
If you’d like to see the complete list of cities in New Hampshire, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a link to the entire data set.
Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. This list is based on data, and is entirely unbiased. The cost of living numbers below are based on a national average of 100, so anything close to 100 is more affordable.
Crime Index: 51
Cost Of Living Index: 153
Home of Dartmouth College, this is the best place you can live in New Hampshire…if you can afford it.
Crime Index: 41
Cost Of Living Index: 98
Stratham is a lot more affordable than Hanover is. It’s inland from the coast a bit and a short drive from Portsmouth.
Crime Index: 52
Cost Of Living Index: 85
This Manchester suburb is a quiet, safe, and affordable place to live in New Hampshire.
Crime Index: 33
Cost Of Living Index: 84
Hopkinton is on the western side of Concord, and is one of the safest places you can live in the state.
5. South Hooksett
Crime Index: 39
Cost Of Living Index: 117
This is a village in the city of Hooksett, just north of Manchester.
Crime Index: 28
Cost Of Living Index: 89
Hollis is a very old, beautiful, historic town close to the Massachusetts state line.
Crime Index: 48
Cost Of Living Index: 92
This Merrimack County town is on the southern side of Concord, and is a great alternative to Concord, since it’s far less expensive to live there.
Crime Index: 40
Cost Of Living Index: 125
Just west of Portsmouth is the small town of Newmarket, which is a college town on the banks of Great Bay.
Crime Index: 41
Cost Of Living Index: 91
Merrimack is the 8th largest place to live in New Hampshire. It’s on the south side of Manchester in Hillsborough County.
Crime Index: 36
Cost Of Living Index: 132
Exeter is an expensive, safe, and picturesque town in Rockingham County on the southern end of the state.
h2>There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Hanover is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most New Hampshire residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.
Other notable cities:
3rd Worst: Rochester
2nd Worst: Franklin
We also wrote about the 10 worst places to live in New Hampshire if you’re interested in that story.
Detailed List Of Best Places To Live In New Hampshire