These Are The 10 Happiest Places In New Hampshire

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in New Hampshire have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which New Hampshire places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Hampton, the happiest place in New Hampshire.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Granite State”:

  1. Hampton
  2. South Hooksett
  3. Exeter
  4. Lebanon
  5. Hudson
  6. Portsmouth
  7. Londonderry
  8. Nashua
  9. Derry
  10. Milford
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Granite State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 24 places in New Hampshire with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 24 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In New Hampshire”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in New Hampshire ranked. Our apologies to Hanover which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Hampton


Population: 9,417 People Who Own Their Home: 67.5%
Married Adults: 58.7%

2. South Hooksett


Population: 5,378 People Who Own Their Home: 84.8%
Married Adults: 50.3%

3. Exeter


Population: 9,303 People Who Own Their Home: 61.6%
Married Adults: 49.3%

4. Lebanon

Lebanon, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,474People Who Own Their Home: 46.6%
Married Adults: 49.5%

5. Hudson


Population: 7,725 People Who Own Their Home: 70.9%
Married Adults: 48.4%

6. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,366People Who Own Their Home: 49.2%
Married Adults: 43.5%

7. Londonderry


Population: 10,637 People Who Own Their Home: 79.8%
Married Adults: 57.8%

8. Nashua

Nashua, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 86,799People Who Own Their Home: 53.2%
Married Adults: 48.6%

9. Derry


Population: 22,129 People Who Own Their Home: 53.4%
Married Adults: 47.9%

10. Milford


Population: 8,970 People Who Own Their Home: 48.0%
Married Adults: 52.9%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In New Hampshire

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Hampton 1 9,417 67.5% 58.7%
South Hooksett 2 5,378 84.8% 50.3%
Exeter 3 9,303 61.6% 49.3%
Lebanon 4 13,474 46.6% 49.5%
Hudson 5 7,725 70.9% 48.4%
Portsmouth 6 21,366 49.2% 43.5%
Londonderry 7 10,637 79.8% 57.8%
Nashua 8 86,799 53.2% 48.6%
Derry 9 22,129 53.4% 47.9%
Milford 10 8,970 48.0% 52.9%
Hanover 11 8,411 39.9% 22.2%
Dover 12 30,332 47.4% 44.7%
Somersworth 13 11,765 51.9% 54.0%
Rochester 14 29,883 58.2% 42.5%
Keene 15 23,281 51.3% 36.7%
Concord 16 42,514 51.3% 42.9%
Berlin 17 9,710 52.2% 43.6%
Suncook 18 5,017 51.2% 48.5%
Laconia 19 16,007 39.7% 47.2%
Manchester 20 110,065 44.3% 42.2%
Claremont 21 13,169 56.3% 45.6%
Durham 22 10,288 39.0% 12.6%
Franklin 23 8,462 49.8% 44.3%
Newmarket 24 5,589 36.3% 31.6%