These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In New Hampshire

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by Chris Kolmar
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America has been known as the land of opportunity for as long as I can remember. It’s the one place in the world where if you bare down and keep your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in New Hampshire works hard, there’s a certain part of the Granite State that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in New Hampshire .

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be Raymond which takes top honors for the hardest working place in New Hampshire. People work so hard there they manage to make getting to work a job.

So what other places burn the midnight oil to bring home a large piece of bacon? You’re going to have to get to the office early and stay late on Fridays to beat out these places in New Hampshire for a promotion:

  1. Raymond
  2. Portsmouth
  3. Hampton
  4. Hanover
  5. Plymouth
  6. Londonderry
  7. Peterborough
  8. Belmont
  9. Lebanon
  10. Exeter

So listen up Berlin as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Hardest Working Places In The Granite State

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2009-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of its kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for each State:

  • Average hours worked
  • Average commute time
  • Workers per household (Employed labor force divided by the number households)
  • Labor force participation rate
  • Adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you are spent the many years getting a degree, are actively seeking employment, work a ton of hours when employed, and spend forever getting to work, you get the Zippia hardworking stamp of approval.

After we got the data for all 40 places in New Hampshire, we ranked each place from 1 to 40 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “hardest working”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a hardworking index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest hard working index the “Hardest Working Place In New Hampshire”. And, at the end of the day, Raymond had its hard work pay off.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

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1. Raymond


Population: 2,789 College Graduates: 28.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.2
Workers Per Household: 1.5

2. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,366College Graduates: 55.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.3

3. Hampton


Population: 9,417 College Graduates: 48.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.7
Workers Per Household: 1.4

4. Hanover


Population: 8,411 College Graduates: 82.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 30.0
Workers Per Household: 1.8

5. Plymouth

Plymouth, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,807College Graduates: 59.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 29.9
Workers Per Household: 2.1

6. Londonderry


Population: 10,637 College Graduates: 41.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.3
Workers Per Household: 1.6

7. Peterborough


Population: 2,993 College Graduates: 52.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.1
Workers Per Household: 1.0

8. Belmont


Population: 2,066 College Graduates: 13.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.9
Workers Per Household: 1.5

9. Lebanon

Lebanon, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,474College Graduates: 44.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.0
Workers Per Household: 1.2

10. Exeter


Population: 9,303 College Graduates: 45.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.2
Workers Per Household: 1.3

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In New Hampshire

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Raymond 1 2,789 28.2% 40.2 1.5
Portsmouth 2 21,366 55.3% 39.7 1.3
Hampton 3 9,417 48.0% 38.7 1.4
Hanover 4 8,411 82.2% 30.0 1.8
Plymouth 5 3,807 59.9% 29.9 2.1
Londonderry 6 10,637 41.3% 38.3 1.6
Peterborough 7 2,993 52.3% 39.1 1.0
Belmont 8 2,066 13.7% 42.9 1.5
Lebanon 9 13,474 44.9% 40.0 1.2
Exeter 10 9,303 45.6% 38.2 1.3
South Hooksett 11 5,378 33.4% 35.7 1.8
Hooksett 12 4,112 33.2% 39.9 1.5
Durham 13 10,288 82.7% 25.3 3.7
Goffstown 14 3,197 37.4% 36.6 1.3
Milford 15 8,970 30.0% 39.0 1.3
Dover 16 30,332 39.7% 38.3 1.4
Newmarket 17 5,589 41.2% 38.5 1.5
Pinardville 18 4,601 26.3% 39.2 1.4
Derry 19 22,129 26.7% 38.0 1.4
Newport 20 4,818 19.0% 40.6 1.3
East Merrimack 21 3,784 29.7% 39.5 1.2
Nashua 22 86,799 35.0% 38.3 1.4
Somersworth 23 11,765 25.0% 36.6 1.5
Hudson 24 7,725 21.2% 39.0 1.6
Concord 25 42,514 35.0% 38.5 1.3
Tilton Northfield 26 3,919 20.8% 39.8 1.3
Manchester 27 110,065 26.4% 38.7 1.4
North Conway 28 2,347 24.6% 37.4 1.2
Rochester 29 29,883 20.2% 38.0 1.3
Keene 30 23,281 39.7% 35.4 1.4
Wolfeboro 31 2,679 41.8% 37.2 1.1
Suncook 32 5,017 21.5% 39.1 1.2
Jaffrey 33 2,421 16.3% 35.4 1.2
Laconia 34 16,007 24.7% 38.4 1.2
Claremont 35 13,169 18.6% 38.0 1.3
Franklin 36 8,462 17.4% 38.3 1.2
Farmington 37 3,562 15.6% 37.8 1.3
Littleton 38 4,576 22.8% 38.9 1.2
Hillsborough 39 2,058 19.4% 38.4 1.2
Berlin 40 9,710 10.8% 35.9 1.0