The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Hampshire For 2022


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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the fastest growing cities in New Hampshire.

Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Manchester and Nashua, while others want peace and quiet like in Hooksett and Newport, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in New Hampshire have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Granite State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in New Hampshire for 2022 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Hampshire For 2022

  1. Hooksett
  2. Durham
  3. Newmarket
  4. Newport
  5. Hampton
  6. Londonderry
  7. South Hooksett
  8. Dover
  9. Rochester
  10. Lebanon

What's the fastest growing city in New Hampshire for 2022? Based on the most recent ACS data, Hooksett ranks as the fastest growing city in New Hampshire. If you happen to be a resident of Hooksett, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in New Hampshire are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in New Hampshire or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more New Hampshire state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Hampshire For 2022

1. Hooksett

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,517
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 3,934
Percent Growth 40.2%
Absolute Growth: 1,583
More on Hooksett: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Durham

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,016
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,940
Percent Growth 34.4%
Absolute Growth: 3,076
More on Durham: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Durham, NH

3. Newmarket

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,737
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,035
Percent Growth 13.9%
Absolute Growth: 702
More on Newmarket: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Newmarket, NH

4. Newport

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,530
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 4,889
Percent Growth 13.1%
Absolute Growth: 641
More on Newport: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Newport, NH

5. Hampton

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,002
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Population 2010: 8,869
Percent Growth 12.8%
Absolute Growth: 1,133
More on Hampton: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Hampton, NH

6. Londonderry

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,053
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 10,913
Percent Growth 10.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,140
More on Londonderry: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Londonderry, NH

7. South Hooksett

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,911
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 5,423
Percent Growth 9.0%
Absolute Growth: 488
More on South Hooksett: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

South Hooksett, NH

8. Dover

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 31,922
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 29,679
Percent Growth 7.6%
Absolute Growth: 2,243
More on Dover: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Dover, NH

9. Rochester

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 31,305
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 29,801
Percent Growth 5.0%
Absolute Growth: 1,504
More on Rochester: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Rochester, NH

10. Lebanon

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,718
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 13,127
Percent Growth 4.5%
Absolute Growth: 591
More on Lebanon: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Lebanon, NH

Methodology: How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Granite State for 2022

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 25 New Hampshire cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Granite State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in New Hampshire with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in New Hampshire Graph For 2022

Click to enlarge

Summary: These Places Grew Up So Fast In New Hampshire, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in New Hampshire are led by Hooksett which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Milford
  2. Claremont
  3. Keene

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In New Hampshire For 2022

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Hooksett 40.2% 5,517 3,934
2 Durham 34.4% 12,016 8,940
3 Newmarket 13.9% 5,737 5,035
4 Newport 13.1% 5,530 4,889
5 Hampton 12.8% 10,002 8,869
6 Londonderry 10.4% 12,053 10,913
7 South Hooksett 9.0% 5,911 5,423
8 Dover 7.6% 31,922 29,679
9 Rochester 5.0% 31,305 29,801
10 Lebanon 4.5% 13,718 13,127

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