These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In New Hampshire


We used science and data to see which places in NH probably think they’re better than you.

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When it comes to being a snob, you’ve got all types. You’ve got your wine snobs, beer snobs, and food snobs. There are book snobs, movie snobs, and theatre (yes, with an re) snobs. These days, you’ve probably even got snob snobs—people who think their type of snob is better than yours.

Over in New Hampshire, you might not think of folks as ‘snobby’ as the others in the northeast. But, they’re out there, for sure. Especially in certain areas of New Hampshire, where you can call these true northeasterners snooty – or even just plain loaded if you will.

In fact, in these 10 places, it’s downright snobby:

  1. Bedford
  2. Stratham
  3. Rye
  4. Windham
  5. Hollis
  6. Hanover (Photos)
  7. Bow
  8. Litchfield
  9. New Boston
  10. Hopkinton

Now we’re not so full of ourselves as to just come up with this list from nowhere. We actually analyzed more than 50 places in the state. And we’re not saying there’s anything wrong with these cities.

Actually, if we had their wealth and lifestyle, we’d probably be a little snobby, too.

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How we determined the snobbiest places in New Hampshire

You think we’d just come up with this list willy nilly? Not a chance.

What we did is, we gathered up all of the places in New Hampshire with populations of 5,000 people or more. This left us with a total of 54 places. Then, we looked at each place in terms of these snoot-er-iffic criteria: (And no, it’s not a word. English snob.)

  • Median home price (Higher is snobbier)
  • Median household income (Higher is snobbier)
  • Percent of population with a college degree (Higher is snobbier)
  • Private schools per capita (Higher is snobbier)
  • Theaters per capita (Higher is snobbier)
  • Art galleries per capita (Higher is snobbier)

From there, we ranked each of our 54 places in each category with scores from one to 54. We then averaged each place’s ranking into one overall score, where the lowest score went to the snobbiest place in New Hampshire. So let’s all flip a table in honor of Bedford (with our pinkies up, of course.)

Now before you get upset, let’s remember that this is all in good fun. Would we live in one of these 10 places if we had the chance? Of course we would!

Now, let’s put on your monocle and take a look at what make these places so snobby; for a more complete list, just hop down to the end of the post.

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1. Bedford

Source: Public Domain

Population: 21,930
Median household income: $128,373
Median home price: $341,000
College degrees: 34%

2. Stratham

Source: Public Domain

Population: 7,238
Median household income: $111,620
Median home price: $308,000
College degrees: 40%

3. Rye

Source: Public Domain

Population: 5,300
Median household income: $94,389
Median home price: $526,200
College degrees: 34%

4. Windham

Population: 13,930
Median household income: $118,293
Median home price: $311,293
College degrees: 31%

5. Hollis

Source: Public Domain

Population: 7,679
Median household income: $102,893
Median home price: $376,283
College degrees: 32%

6. Hanover

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,609
Median household income: $86,293
Median home price: $401,000
College degrees: 36%

7. Bow

Population: 7,571
Median household income: $104,903
Median home price: $242,292
College degrees: 28%

8. Litchfield

Population: 8,263
Median household income: $108,034
Median home price: $252,933
College degrees: 24%

9. New Boston

Source: Public Domain

Population: 5,300
Median household income: $93,293
Median home price: $255,293
College degrees: 25%

10. Hopkinton

Population: 5,609
Median household income: $84,223
Median home price: $241,293
College degrees: 34%

Summing Up The Humble Pie

Sure, we might have poked a little harmless fun at these 10 snobby places in New Hampshire, but hey, it’s only because we’re jealous. High incomes, expensive homes, and excellent educations? That sounds pretty charming to us. Who wouldn’t want that!

If you’re interested, here are the least snobby places in New Hampshire: Berlin, Claremont, Franklin, Suncook and Wakefield.

Desktop users, there’s a chart below with all snobby cities in New Hampshire ranked from first to last.

City Home Prices Rank
bedford $341,300 1
stratham $308,900 2
rye $526,600 3
windham $311,600 4
hollis $376,500 5
hanover $401,600 6
bow $242,100 7
litchfield $252,000 8
new boston $255,700 9
hopkinton $241,400 10
pelham $285,000 11
portsmouth $330,900 12
londonderry $239,400 13
merrimack $235,600 14
atkinson $252,600 14
durham $297,900 16
new ipswich $244,700 17
hampton $249,800 18
hampstead $266,900 19
exeter $254,800 20
loudon $241,500 21
south hooksett $210,300 22
barrington $224,700 23
sandown $211,300 24
salem $243,200 24
goffstown $234,400 26
weare $181,900 26
alton $192,900 26
nashua $208,600 26
gilford $185,900 30
kingston $230,700 31
dover $214,700 32
hudson $235,400 33
newmarket $219,300 34
milford $167,600 35
seabrook $260,700 36
lebanon $208,200 37
concord $175,500 38
pembroke $184,600 39
rindge $183,500 40
keene $157,600 41
derry $193,700 42
plaistow $172,200 43
manchester $178,500 43
swanzey $154,500 43
somersworth $151,600 46
belmont $160,600 46
laconia $136,600 48
rochester $170,000 48
wakefield $179,100 50
suncook $151,300 51
franklin $137,200 52
claremont $145,100 53
berlin $95,200 53

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2 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In New Hampshire

  1. According to Wikipedia there were 67 towns and cities in New Hampshire with populations greater than 5,000 in 2010. How did they get just 54?

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