The 10 Best Places To Retire In New Hampshire For 2021


We analyzed over 21 places in New Hampshire to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best places to retire in New Hampshire.

Looking for a rock solid place to retire in the Granite Place? You're in the right place, because we've found the top spots in New Hampshire to spend your golden years.

Luckily, there's a wide array of places to choose from, so whatever your retirement priorities are, there's definitely something for you. If you want to live in the middle of the action, Concord is the place to be, while if you always imagined retiring beside the sea, Portsmouth or Hampton are your best bets. Or if you'd like to be near the bigger cities like Manchester and Nashua, but still have apple orchards aplenty, then Londonderry is calling.

Interestingly, some of the top best cities to raise a family in New Hampshire are also featured on this list. That means that none of these cities will be age-segregated retirement hubs, but rather thriving communities where youth and experience are appreciated in equal measure.

Florida may have New Hampshire beat in terms of heat, but if natural beauty is your thing, it's certainly hard to top New Hampshire's rugged landscape (especially in autumn). And if you don't feel up for the often wild and steep trails in White Mountain National Forest, there's always the option to drive up Mountain Washington (and get the bumper sticker for proof). Even if you're just reading a book by the side of the Merrimack River, you can't help but appreciate the nature in New Hampshire.

Without further ado, let's turn to the absolute best places to retire in New Hampshire.

The 10 Best Places To Retire In New Hampshire For 2021

  1. Berlin
  2. Durham
  3. Hampton
  4. Exeter
  5. Hudson
  6. Newport
  7. Milford
  8. Derry
  9. Portsmouth
  10. Laconia

Why did Berlin take the top spot? And where are Manchester and Nashua?

So there you have it: these places are the cream of the crop in New Hampshire once you've called it quits on working. And not just then; more than half the cities on this list are also among the best places to live in New Hampshire overall, so they're objectively desirable at any stage of life.

How did we determine the best places to retire? For starters, we only looked at cities with a population of at least 5,000, which left us with 22 cities to rank. We then pulled data from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights and looked specifically for spots with a low cost of living and crime rate, combined with plenty to do and good weather. We then ranked each of these places for each criterion, with the lowest number being the best.

But which of these cities is the absolute best place to retire in New Hampshire? According to the data, Berlin is the #1 spot to spend your golden years.

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The 10 Best Places To Retire In New Hampshire For 2021

Berlin, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,221
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $750
Distance to Closest Airport: 75 miles
More on Berlin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Durham, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,159
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $942
Distance to Closest Airport: 46 miles
More on Durham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hampton, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,166
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,179
Distance to Closest Airport: 41 miles
More on Hampton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Exeter, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,244
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $1,224
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
More on Exeter: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hudson, NH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,486
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Median Rent: $1,177
Distance to Closest Airport: 35 miles
More on Hudson: Real Estate | Data

Newport, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,240
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $882
Distance to Closest Airport: 90 miles
More on Newport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Milford, NH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,892
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $1,198
Distance to Closest Airport: 47 miles
More on Milford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Derry, NH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,817
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $1,175
Distance to Closest Airport: 39 miles
More on Derry: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Portsmouth, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 21,775
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $1,305
Distance to Closest Airport: 46 miles
More on Portsmouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Laconia, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,476
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $962
Distance to Closest Airport: 58 miles
More on Laconia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Granite State for 2021

To create our list of the best places in New Hampshire to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Granite State -- 97 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 5,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 22 places from across the state.

For these 22, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 22, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Berlin, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In New Hampshire Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in New Hampshire goes to Berlin.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Hooksett
  2. Manchester
  3. Lebanon

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Where Are The Best Places To Retire In New Hampshire?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Berlin 10,221 $750
2 Durham 11,159 $942
3 Hampton 9,166 $1,179
4 Exeter 9,244 $1,224
5 Hudson 7,486 $1,177
6 Newport 5,240 $882
7 Milford 8,892 $1,198
8 Derry 21,817 $1,175
9 Portsmouth 21,775 $1,305
10 Laconia 16,476 $962

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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.

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