These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In New Hampshire


We looked at years of science and data to determine which places in NH are really ghetto.

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There are lots of people who throw the term ‘ghetto’ around. But where is the actual ghetto in New Hampshire?

How do you decide if a place is ghetto or not? You ask the internet. According to the Urban Dictionary, a ghetto is defined as:
“urban; of or relating to (inner) city life” and “poor; of or relating to the poor life.”

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where ghettos might exist in a state, and then put out a list.

After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as the most ghetto places in New Hampshire:

  1. Somersworth (Photos)
  2. Laconia (Photos)
  3. Claremont (Photos)
  4. Rochester (Photos)
  5. Lebanon (Photos)
  6. Berlin (Photos)
  7. Dover (Photos)
  8. Portsmouth (Photos)
  9. Keene (Photos)
  10. Manchester (Photos)

Read on below to see where your home town ranked and why. Or, if this is not up your alley, read about the most redneck towns in New Hampshire.

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What ghetto criteria did we use for New Hampshire?

In order to rank the most ghetto places in New Hampshire, we had to determine what criteria defines a ghetto city or neighborhood.

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Since a ghetto is defined as a poor area, we used income levels, crime, and education levels as a guide to determine where the most broke citizens in the Granite State live.

Additionally, the staples of inner city life include cheap and discounted retail outlets.

We started by making a list of every place in New Hampshire with more than 5,000 people based on the 2010-2014 American Community Survey. That left us with over 12 places in New Hampshire.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Google Place data and FBI crime data in addition to the census, this is the criteria we used:

  • Household income levels
  • % Of adults without a high school diploma
  • Number of convenience stores
  • Number of drug stores
  • Number of discount stores
  • Crime

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a 10 mile radius of a city’s center.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis. Meaning number of stores per person in a city. Additionally, high school graduation rates are determined by looking at the total number of people who live in a city, not the current graduation rate of an area’s high schools.

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1. Somersworth

Somersworth, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,765
Median Income: $53,094
Drug Stores: 14
Discount Stores: 9

2. Laconia

Laconia, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,007
Median Income: $49,925
Drug Stores: 12
Discount Stores: 8

3. Claremont

Claremont, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,169
Median Income: $45,510
Drug Stores: 5
Discount Stores: 6

4. Rochester

Rochester, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,883
Median Income: $48,114
Drug Stores: 8
Discount Stores: 6

5. Lebanon

Lebanon, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,474
Median Income: $52,825
Drug Stores: 8
Discount Stores: 3

6. Berlin

Berlin, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,710
Median Income: $36,358
Drug Stores: 2
Discount Stores: 2

7. Dover

Dover, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,332
Median Income: $60,038
Drug Stores: 16
Discount Stores: 10

8. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,366
Median Income: $67,679
Drug Stores: 17
Discount Stores: 6

9. Keene

Keene, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,281
Median Income: $52,327
Drug Stores: 5
Discount Stores: 2

10. Manchester

Manchester, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 110,065
Median Income: $55,306
Drug Stores: 22
Discount Stores: 14

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in New Hampshire where there are a high number of poor and uneducated residents, and where there are a high number of discounted shopping stores, this is an accurate list.

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Additionally, here are the least ghetto places in New Hampshire:

  1. Nashua
  2. Concord
  3. Manchester

For more New Hampshire reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Ghetto Cities In New Hampshire

City Rank Population Median Income Drug Stores Discount Stores
Somersworth 1 11,765 $53,094 14 9
Laconia 2 16,007 $49,925 12 8
Claremont 3 13,169 $45,510 5 6
Rochester 4 29,883 $48,114 8 6
Lebanon 5 13,474 $52,825 8 3
Berlin 6 9,710 $36,358 2 2
Dover 7 30,332 $60,038 16 10
Portsmouth 8 21,366 $67,679 17 6
Keene 9 23,281 $52,327 5 2
Manchester 10 110,065 $55,306 22 14
Concord 11 42,514 $54,182 12 5
Nashua 12 86,799 $66,818 22 13

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