These Are The 10 Poorest Cities In New Hampshire For 2019


We analyzed the cities and towns in New Hampshire to determine which ones are at the bottom of the income ladder.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the poorest places in New Hampshire.

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New Hampshire brings to mind images of Concord, beautiful landscapes, and some of the best people you’ll find in the good ole US of A.

However, like all states, New Hampshire has certain places that are going on hard times. These places have an above average percent of people that are living in poverty, out of work, or not making as much as they should be.

With all the talk about income inequality going on around the country, we thought it prudent to take a look at the places in each state that are struggling to make it even as the economy continues to improve. So we set our sites on bringing attention to the places in New Hampshire that could use a helping hand.

To do so, we analyzed the newest Census data from the American Community Survey for the 25 places in New Hampshire with more than 5,000 people.

We were left with this set of the ten poorest places in the Granite State for 2019:

  1. Berlin (Photos)
  2. Durham (Photos)
  3. Laconia (Photos)
  4. Manchester (Photos)
  5. Franklin (Photos)
  6. Claremont (Photos)
  7. Keene (Photos)
  8. Somersworth (Photos)
  9. Suncook (Photos)
  10. Derry (Photos)

Again, this isn’t a commentary on the people that live there or the vibrant culture and traditions of these places. Instead, it’s just a look at the facts.

And according to the facts, Berlin is the poorest place in New Hampshire for 2019.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the richest places in New Hampshire or the most dangerous.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, and for more information about these places, read on.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the poorest states in America or the poorest cities in America.

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

How We Determined The Poorest Places In New Hampshire for 2019

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the poorest places is to simply the poverty rate. That is, the number of people living below a federally established level of income for a household of a certain size.

However, we don’t think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “poorest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2013-2017 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income adjusted for the cost of living
  • Unemployment Rate

The “median household income adjusted for the cost of living” attempts to gauge how expensive it is to live in a place and how that impacts the quality of life. For example, a town might have fewer people living below the official poverty line, but the cost of living is so high they’d still feel poor.

The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for improvement in the city or town. If more people are employed, the brighter the future looks and vice versa.

After we collected the data for all 25 places with more than 5,000 people in New Hampshire, we ranked each place from 1 to 25 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the poorest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Poor Score” with the place having the lowest overall Poor Score, Berlin, crowned the “Poorest Place In New Hampshire For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 25 places.

Berlin, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,273
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $37,969 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.9% (1st highest)
Poverty Rate: 19.4% (2nd highest)
More on Berlin:  Data | Photos

Berlin, unfortunately, ranks as the poorest place in New Hampshire thanks to combination of low pay and and a lack of jobs.

The city of 10,273 people averages the 1st lowest median household income in New Hampshire and the 2nd highest poverty rate. At the very least, the cost of living ranks in the bottom 15% of place in the state, so things like housing are relatively affordable.

Durham, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,753
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $42,688 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (7th highest)
Poverty Rate: 33.3% (1st highest)
More on Durham:  Data | Photos

The second poorest city in New Hampshire is Durham.

The city ranks as having the 1st highest incidence of poverty and 2nd lowest median household income. However, the unemployment rate ‘only’ ranks as the 7th highest in the Granite State.

Laconia, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,237
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $52,702 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (4th highest)
Poverty Rate: 14.3% (6th highest)
More on Laconia:  Data | Photos

Placing as the third poorest city, Laconia’s median income ranks as the 5th lowest.

And that’s a sign that there’s a relatively substantial jump in the quality of the economy from second to third place on our list. The poverty rate is 14.3% and ranks near the bottom of places in the state.

But what makes up for the relatively low incomes of the city is its low cost of living. The income you do make here goes further than in most parts of the Granite State.

Manchester, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 110,601
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $56,467 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (7th highest)
Poverty Rate: 14.9% (4th highest)
More on Manchester:  Data | Photos

Manchester ranks as the fourth poorest place in New Hampshire.

The town ranks as having the 8th lowest median household income and the 4th highest incidence of poverty in the state.

That being said, there’s still a ton of cultural diversity in the city as it hosts many events throughout the year.

Franklin, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,491
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $48,398 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (11th highest)
Poverty Rate: 14.7% (5th highest)
More on Franklin:  Data | Photos

The fifth poorest city in New Hampshire is Franklin.

The city ranks as having the 4th lowest median income in the state. However, an extremely low cost of living prevents a good number of folks from living in poverty as the poverty rate only ranks as the 5th highest in New Hampshire.

Still not the best news for Franklin.

Claremont, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,028
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $46,639 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (10th highest)
Poverty Rate: 13.2% (8th highest)
More on Claremont:  Data | Photos

Claremont ranks as the sixth poorest place in the Granite State.

It ranks as having the 8th highest incidence of poverty and the 9th highest unemployment rate.

Keene, NH

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,204
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $55,398 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (17th highest)
Poverty Rate: 13.7% (7th highest)
More on Keene:  Data | Photos

Keene places as the seventh poorest city in New Hampshire.

The city of over 23,204 ranks as having the 7th highest incidence of poverty in the state. However, it has a very low cost of living which helps to pay the bills each month.

Somersworth, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,797
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $62,777 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (3rd highest)
Poverty Rate: 8.0% (17th highest)
More on Somersworth:  Data | Photos

Somersworth ranks as the eighth poorest city in New Hampshire.

The big issue for the town is the unemployment rate which ranks as the 3rd highest in the state.

Suncook, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,272
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $62,855 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (5th highest)
Poverty Rate: 10.0% (16th highest)
More on Suncook:  Data | Photos

Suncook couldn’t stay out of the top ten poorest places in New Hampshire; it ranks number 9.

While the median income is the 14th lowest, there are a substantial number of people that live below the poverty line. Overall, Suncook ranks as having the 16th most people living in poverty of all the places we analyzed in New Hampshire.

Derry, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 22,378
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Income: $62,260 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (2nd highest)
Poverty Rate: 6.4% (21st highest)
More on Derry:  Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten poorest cities in New Hampshire is Derry.

The city of 22,378 people ranks in the bottom 20% for both median income and poverty rate in the Granite State.

There You Have It – The Poorest Places In New Hampshire For 2019

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the poorest places in New Hampshire, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in New Hampshire.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very bottom of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the richest cities in New Hampshire, according to data:

    Richest: South Hooksett
    2nd Richest: Hampton
    3rd Richest: Londonderry

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Poorest Places To Live In New Hampshire

Rank City Population Poverty Rate
1 Berlin 10,273 19.4%
2 Durham 10,753 33.3%
3 Laconia 16,237 14.3%
4 Manchester 110,601 14.9%
5 Franklin 8,491 14.7%
6 Claremont 13,028 13.2%
7 Keene 23,204 13.7%
8 Somersworth 11,797 8.0%
9 Suncook 5,272 10.0%
10 Derry 22,378 6.4%
11 Rochester 30,212 10.8%
12 Hudson 7,665 11.8%
13 Concord 42,717 10.2%
14 Nashua 87,642 10.8%
15 Lebanon 13,544 12.3%
16 Dover 30,901 10.8%
17 Milford 9,323 4.5%
18 Newmarket 5,519 7.3%
19 Exeter 9,130 6.6%
20 Pinardville 5,142 11.9%
21 Hanover 8,495 16.7%
22 Portsmouth 21,644 6.9%
23 Londonderry 11,313 3.8%
24 Hampton 9,429 3.8%
25 South Hooksett 5,927 4.8%

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