The Best College Towns In New Hampshire For 2022


Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our fifth time ranking the best college towns in New Hampshire.
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Believe it or not, America has the best colleges in the world. It's been proven by data (and surveys) that the U.S. educational system is of the highest quality

It's actually not even close and New Hampshire is home to a handful of them.

While we could debate which colleges within the are the 'best,' that's not the goal of this post.

Instead, ride along with us as we determine which college towns in New Hampshire are the best.

You know, the type of places where there's energy and stimulation, but the type of place you can walk around at night. The happiest, chillest, most downright fun places where you can send your kids off to college where you won't break the bank, or worry about their well being.

Without further ado, here are the best college towns in New Hampshire for 2022.

The 10 Best College Towns In New Hampshire For 2022

  1. Durham, NH
  2. Keene, NH
  3. Hanover, NH
  4. Manchester, NH
  5. Nashua, NH

While some of these may not seem like a 'real' college town per se, when you look at the numbers, it's hard to argue against.

And for those who live in Durham, Keene and Hanover - we tip our hats to you and we'll schedule a tour for next week. You can see where Durham ranks in terms of the best college town in America.

Even though there are only 5 cities on our list, you need to remember there are another 97 places in New Hampshire that don't even have a college. One might say you gotta be in it in to win it.

Read on to find out more or for more on New Hampshire check out:

The 10 Best College Towns In New Hampshire For 2022

Durham, NH
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 12,016
% Undergrad Pop.: 49.6% (best)
Median Rent: $1,035 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 589.7% (6th best)
Crime Rank: best
More on Durham: Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Colleges: University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

Keene, NH
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 22,823
% Undergrad Pop.: 18.8% (3rd best)
Median Rent: $1,018 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 391.0% (3rd best)
Crime Rank: 5th best
More on Keene: Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Colleges: Keene State College, Keene Beauty Academy, Antioch University-New England

Hanover, NH
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Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 8,744
% Undergrad Pop.: 46.4% (2nd best)
Median Rent: $1,657 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 224.9% (2nd best)
Crime Rank: 2nd best
More on Hanover: Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Colleges: Dartmouth College

Manchester, NH
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Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 112,441
% Undergrad Pop.: 12.3% (4th best)
Median Rent: $1,160 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 517.3% (5th best)
Crime Rank: 6th best
More on Manchester: Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Colleges: University of New Hampshire at Manchester, Manchester Community College, Southern New Hampshire University

Nashua, NH
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 89,052
% Undergrad Pop.: 2.8% (5th best)
Median Rent: $1,309 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 471.2% (4th best)
Crime Rank: 3rd best
More on Nashua: Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Colleges: Nashua Community College, Rivier University, Daniel Webster College

How'd we figure out the best college towns in New Hampshire?

To crunch our data on New Hampshire's best college towns, we had to first decide which qualities (or rankings) make sense to use in the data, and then crunch the numbers for our rankings.

First off, we firmly decided that only cities with a 4 year college should make the cut -- so there has to be at least one college granting bachelors degrees in town.

You might be surprised to hear that there are only 5 places in New Hampshire with an institution of higher learning with that criteria.

Source of data include OpenStreetMaps, the College Scorecard, the U.S. Census, and FBI reporting data to include the following factors:

  • Students Make Up Large % of the Population
  • College-specific Factors
    • Graduation rate
    • Tuition Cost
    • Student Body Diversity
  • Town Characteristics
    • Safety
    • Affordability
    • Income and Employment Opportunities
  • Things to Do
    • Bars
    • Museums & Libraries
    • Population Density

We ranked each city across each of the criteria, with one being the best.

We rolled up the individual scores into the category and ranked them again based on the category.

Finally, we took the average rank across each category, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best College Town In New Hampshire For 2022".

And it looks like Durham placed Summa Cum Laude.

There You Have It -- The Best College Towns In The

If you're looking for the best college towns in New Hampshire, you came to the right place.

These places all have great college sports programs, tons of stuff to do, and are great places to raise a family.

For more reading, check out:

5 Best College Towns In New Hampshire

Rank City Population
1 Durham, NH 12016
2 Keene, NH 22823
3 Hanover, NH 8744
4 Manchester, NH 112441
5 Nashua, NH 89052

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