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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If you want four seasons, down-to-earth, friendly people, and no state or personal tax, you can find it in New Hampshire. You can also find some of the best places to live in the country.

While the whole place is downright lovely, some spots in the Granite State deserve special attention for standing out as truly extraordinary. This is why HomeSnacks created a list of the top ten best places to live in New Hampshire for 2019. New Hampshire's best places all exude gold star qualities like affordable housing, jobs that provide a nice income, and excellent schools. And that, folks, is just the beginning.

The places on our list have some of the best farmers' markets, farm-to-table dining, and just an all around healthier outlook. It must be working because New Hampshirites have one of the highest life expectancy rates. Don't worry, New Hampshire has some great places to retire to as well. We can also thank some of New Hampshire's best places for Segway, Stonyfield Yogurt, and Badger Balm. Not only are these New Hampshire companies making products people love, they are helping to create jobs. And those jobs are keeping New Hampshire's economy strong with a 2.4 % unemployment rate.

To see the places that made our exclusive best of the best places to live in New Hampshire for 2019, take a look below.

How did we determine the best place to live in New Hampshire for 2019. We looked at the most recent FBI and Census data. The competition was fierce to say the least, but there can be only one best place to live in New Hampshire. What's the best place to live in New Hampshire? That would be Hanover.

We are not at all surprised. Hanover has affordable homes, great jobs, Blue Ribbon schools, and super nice people.

To see what other places made our list, keep reading. And if you don't see your favorite there, head on down to the bottom.

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

Taking its place as the best place in New Hampshire is Hanover. 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 2.6% helps thing too.

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

In Portsmouth, everyone loves to call Portsmouth home! The median home value is the 2nd highest in New Hampshire.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 2nd lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Granite State.

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)
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Exeter comes in at a close 3rd. They have the 7th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 7th highest median income as well, which means the people in Exeter are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 10th best in the 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

Hampton has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Hampton had the 4th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $84,312.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

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

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

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 isn't just the nicest place to live in New Hampshire - it's also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.

It's got the 6th lowest unemployment rate, the 3rd highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.

When you're looking at science and data, Londonderry definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.

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

At an unemployment rate of 3.9%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Milford. And the residents command high salaries ($57,134 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($220,900 each).

We're not saying money is why these cities are the 'best' in New Hampshire. What we're implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there's nothing wrong with that.

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

Who doesn't want to live in South Hooksett? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 4.2%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

Expect to see more of South Hooksett in the news in the coming months.

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

The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of New Hampshire, as there were only 47 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 14th lowest in New Hampshire (5.7%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.

Additionally, homes are the 9th most expensive in Dover ($238,100), meaning a lot of people want to live there.

Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $63,096 a year.

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 broke into the top ten best places to live in New Hampshire on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.

It placed 17th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 6th highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 18th shortest average commute time of any place in New Hampshire.

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 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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