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New Hampshire isn't just any New England state, it's actually one of the safest, most family friendly states in America.
Ask any Granite Stater and they will tell you that there are a ton of family friendly activities everywhere you turn, here. The White Mountain State is just one big playground for little and big kids alike.
Yes, if you're looking for a state with affordable, family friendly staycations, New Hampshire is your place. There are currently 93 State Parks, a plethora of super clean beaches just East of Hampton and over ten skiable mountains just North of Meredith. And if those family friendly activities don't interest you, the MWV Children's Museum in Conway or the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord will surely keep your family entertained for an entire weekend. However, if zoos are more your style, a family visit to Carriage Shack Farm in Londonderry, should do the trick.
More importantly, New Hampshire residents know that keeping a state's economy strong, jobs plentiful, and salaries competitive is a necessary undertaking if they want to keep families safe, educated, and employed. And that's just what they're doing. New Hampshire has some of the best schools in the country. Blue Ribbon elementary schools, gold star high schools, and colleges like the University of New Hampshire in Durham and Dartmouth College in Hanover, have been delivering the next generation to work at major New Hampshire companies like Timberland in North Conway and Planet Fitness Inc. in Dover.
To take a closer look at New Hampshire's top ten best places to raise a family for 2020, grab your family a pipin' hot basket of apple cider donuts in Contoocook, find a sunny spot on Wolfeboro's Lake Winnipesaukee, and read on.
These are the best cities to raise a family in New Hampshire for 2020:
- Durham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Berlin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Milford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hanover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Exeter (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Derry (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Portsmouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hudson (Homes For Sale)
- Nashua (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Concord (Photos | Homes For Sale)
To narrow down the most family friendly places in New Hampshire, we looked to the US Census for several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities and percent of households that currently have children. The cities also had to have a population of at least 5,000.
We ended up with 22 family friendly cities. Needless to say, it was quite difficult to narrow down the most family friendly places in New Hampshire for 2020.
The best place for families in new hampshire? Kudos to Durham for taking the number one spot.
To see how your favorite New Hampshire place compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.
Check out some more reading about New Hampshire and the best places for families in the country:
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- Best Cities To Raise A Family In America
- Best States To Raise A Family In America
The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In New Hampshire For 2020
Durham is a town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 14,638 at the 2010 census. Durham is home to the University of New Hampshire.
Berlin is a city along the Androscoggin River in Cos County in northern New Hampshire, United States. The population was 10,051 at the 2010 census. It includes the village of Cascade. Located on the edge of the White Mountains, the city's boundaries extend into the White Mountain National Forest. Berlin is home to the Berlin and Cos County Historical Society's Moffett House Museum & Genealogy Center, Service Credit Union Heritage Park, the Berlin Fish Hatchery, and the White Mountains Community College, member of the Community College System of New Hampshire.
Milford is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States, on the Souhegan River. The population was 15,115 at the 2010 census. It is the retail and manufacturing center of a six-town area known informally as the Souhegan Valley.
Hanover is a town along the Connecticut River in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 11,260 at the 2010 census. CNN and Money magazine rated Hanover the sixth best place to live in America in 2011, and the second best in 2007. "This just might be the best college town," read the headline of a story in the January-February 2017 issue of Yankee.
Exeter is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The town's population was 14,306 at the 2010 census. Exeter was the county seat until 1997, when county offices were moved to neighboring Brentwood. Home to the Phillips Exeter Academy, a private university-preparatory school, Exeter is situated where the Exeter River feeds the tidal Squamscott River.
Derry is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 33,109 at the 2010 census. Although it is a town and not a city, Derry is the fourth most-populous community in the state. The town's nickname, "Spacetown", derives from the fact that Derry is the birthplace of Alan Shepard, the first astronaut from the United States in space. Derry was also for a time the home of the poet Robert Frost and his family.
Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. It is the only city in the county, but only the fourth-largest community, with a population of 21,233 at the 2010 census. As of 2016 the estimated population was 21,485. A historic seaport and popular summer tourist destination, Portsmouth was the home of the Strategic Air Command's Pease Air Force Base, later converted to Portsmouth International Airport at Pease with limited commercial air service.
Hudson is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. It is located along the Massachusetts state line. The population was 24,467 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 24,645 in 2013. It is the ninth-largest municipality in the state, by population.
Nashua is a city in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2010 census, Nashua had a total population of 86,494, making it the second-largest city in the state after Manchester. As of 2016 the population had risen to an estimated 87,882.
Concord is the capital city of the U.S. state of New Hampshire and the county seat of Merrimack County. As of the 2010 census, its population was 42,695.
How do you determine which place is best for families in New Hampshire anyways?
To give you the places in New Hampshire which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.
So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.
How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Granite State
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of New Hampshire, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:
- Crime (Both violent and property)
- Quality of local schools
- Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
- % of households with children
- Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)
We then gave each city a Family Score.
The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 5,000 people. For New Hampshire, that meant a total of 22 cities. You can download the data here.
There You Have It - The Best Places To Raise A Family In New Hampshire
If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in New Hampshire ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.
Here's a look at the best cities for singles New Hampshire according to the data:
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