Explore New Hampshire

Lifestyle:  There are many reasons that people choose to live in New Hampshire, but lifestyle certainly ranks among the top. As you may be aware, in national surveys, New Hampshire consistently ranks among the top five states in terms of safety, health, and livability.

New Hampshire offers four-season recreation which includes skiing, swimming, hiking, camping, and mountain climbing. Other activities include an active arts and crafts community (New Hampshire boasts the oldest crafts fair in America, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s annual Mount Sunapee Craft Fair). Additionally, residents and visitors enjoy seasonal activities such as summer theater, fall apple picking, winter ice fishing, and maple sugaring in the spring. And outlet shopping provides year-round recreation!

Geography:  New Hampshire borders Vermont to the west, Maine to the east, Massachusetts to the south, and Canada (Quebec) to the north. Most towns and villages are small, ranging in size from a few hundred to 20,000 people. The largest city, Manchester, has a population of 100,000.

New Hampshire is geographically diverse, with mountains, forests, and Atlantic coastline. Many clean and sparkling lakes, including beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee in central New Hampshire and Squam Lake, the setting for the movie, On Golden Pond, provide recreational opportunities.

New Hampshire is conveniently located within reasonable proximity to several large metropolitan areas. From Manchester, Boston is less than an hour away, and Montreal, to the north, and New York to the south are both about a four hour drive. New Hampshire is a small state. It takes just four hours to drive from the northern border to the southern border and only two hours to drive from east to west.

Schools: New Hampshire has excellent public and private schools. In fact, two of the top private schools in the country, Phillips Exeter Academy and St. Paul’s School, are located in New Hampshire. In addition to several fine, small liberal arts colleges, the University System of New Hampshire offers both traditional and non-traditional students many choices at several campuses around the state. And, of course, the world renowned Dartmouth College is New Hampshire’s contribution to the Ivy League.

History and Politics: New Hampshire is one of the original thirteen colonies and has a rich history as well as an independent spirit. New Hampshire residents look forward to their first in the nation presidential primary every four years when they vet the candidates for the highest office in the nation. Presidential candidates swarm the state for several months every four years and New Hampshire residents are very serious about their responsibility to meet and evaluate the candidates.

The New Hampshire Advantage: New Hampshire has it all: the best outdoor recreation; a lively arts and cultural scene; a rich history; and tax-free shopping. From small villages in the mountains, to sandy ocean beaches, to the historic towns along the Connecticut River Valley, to the more urban areas in the South, New Hampshire offers something for everyone. We encourage you to consider New Hampshire when choosing where to live and practice. You’ll be glad you did!

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New Hampshire Quick Facts

Origin of the State Name
New Hampshire was named for Hampshire, England by Captain John Mason

New Hampshire has 4 nicknames. The first is the one by which the state is commonly known.
Granite State: for our extensive granite formations and quarries
Mother of Rivers: for the rivers of New England that originate in our Mountains
White Mountain State: for the White Mountain Range
Switzerland of America: for our beautiful mountain scenery

Concord is the seat of New Hampshire government. It is centrally located in the state on the Merrimack River.

1,316,470 (2010 estimates, US Census Bureau)

Local Government
New Hampshire has 10 counties, 13 municipalities, 221 towns and 22 unincorporated places.

Live Free or Die. The motto comes from a statement written by the Revolutionary General John Stark, hero of the Battle of Bennington.

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