Poorest Cities In New Hampshire For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the poorest places in New Hampshire.

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 26 places in New Hampshire with more than 5,000 people.

Here are the ten poorest places in New Hampshire for 2021:

  1. Berlin
  2. Durham
  3. Manchester
  4. Newport
  5. Keene
  6. Claremont
  7. Laconia
  8. Rochester
  9. Derry
  10. Franklin

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.

What's the poorst city in New Hampshire? According to the facts, Berlin is the poorest place in New Hampshire for 2021.

Rich people more your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the best 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.

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The 10 Poorest Cities In New Hampshire For 2021

1. Berlin

Berlin, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,221
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $39,130 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.0% (highest)
Poverty Rate: 18.5% (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 10,221 people averages the 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.

2. Durham

Durham, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,159
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $53,523 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (2nd highest)
Poverty Rate: 31.6% (highest)
More on Durham:  Data | Photos

The second poorest city in New Hampshire is Durham.

The city ranks as having the highest incidence of poverty and 4th lowest median household income. However, the unemployment rate 'only' ranks as the 2nd highest in the Granite State.

3. Manchester

Manchester, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 112,109
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $60,711 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (5th highest)
Poverty Rate: 14.1% (4th highest)
More on Manchester:  Data | Photos

Placing as the third poorest city, Manchester's median income ranks as the 8th 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 14.089262187088275% 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.

4. Newport

Newport, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,240
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $53,987 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (8th highest)
Poverty Rate: 14.0% (5th highest)
More on Newport:  Data | Photos

Newport ranks as the fourth poorest place in New Hampshire.

The town ranks as having the 5th lowest median household income and the 5th 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.

5. Keene

Keene, NH

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 22,953
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $56,971 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (9th highest)
Poverty Rate: 12.6% (7th highest)
More on Keene:  Data | Photos

The fifth poorest city in New Hampshire is Keene.

The city ranks as having the 6th 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 7th highest in New Hampshire.

Still not the best news for Keene.

6. Claremont

Claremont, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,977
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Income: $47,649 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (22nd highest)
Poverty Rate: 16.4% (3rd highest)
More on Claremont:  Data | Photos

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

It ranks as having the 3rd highest incidence of poverty and the 22nd highest unemployment rate.

7. Laconia

Laconia, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,476
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $57,960 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (14th highest)
Poverty Rate: 11.3% (8th highest)
More on Laconia:  Data | Photos

Laconia places as the seventh poorest city in New Hampshire.

The city of over 16,476 ranks as having the 8th highest incidence of poverty in the state. However, it has a very low cost of living which helps to pay the bills each month.

8. Rochester

Rochester, NH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 30,955
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $62,179 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (10th highest)
Poverty Rate: 10.4% (10th highest)
More on Rochester:  Data | Photos

Rochester ranks as the eighth poorest city in New Hampshire.

The big issue for the town is the unemployment rate which ranks as the 10th highest in the state.

9. Derry

Derry, NH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,817
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $67,073 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (3rd highest)
Poverty Rate: 9.1% (15th highest)
More on Derry:  Data | Photos

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

While the median income is the 12th lowest, there are a substantial number of people that live below the poverty line. Overall, Derry ranks as having the 15th most people living in poverty of all the places we analyzed in New Hampshire.

10. Franklin

Franklin, NH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,623
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $52,795 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (11th highest)
Poverty Rate: 8.9% (17th highest)
More on Franklin:  Data | Photos

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

The city of 8,623 people ranks in the bottom 20% for both median income and poverty rate in the Granite State.

How We Determined The Poorest Places In New Hampshire for 2021

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 2015-2019 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 26 places with more than 5,000 people in New Hampshire, we ranked each place from 1 to 26 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 2021". You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Poorest Places In New Hampshire For 2021

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: Londonderry
    2nd Richest: Hampton
    3rd Richest: Portsmouth

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Detailed List Of The Poorest Places To Live In New Hampshire

Rank City Population Poverty Rate
1 Berlin 10,221 18.5%
2 Durham 11,159 31.6%
3 Manchester 112,109 14.1%
4 Newport 5,240 14.0%
5 Keene 22,953 12.6%
6 Claremont 12,977 16.4%
7 Laconia 16,476 11.3%
8 Rochester 30,955 10.4%
9 Derry 21,817 9.1%
10 Franklin 8,623 8.9%
11 Somersworth 11,925 8.8%
12 Concord 43,244 9.0%
13 Nashua 88,815 9.3%
14 Dover 31,577 9.9%
15 Hooksett 5,355 5.3%
16 Lebanon 13,623 11.3%
17 Pinardville 5,208 9.5%
18 Hanover 8,508 13.9%
19 Hudson 7,486 9.6%
20 Exeter 9,244 6.2%
21 Newmarket 5,660 6.8%
22 Milford 8,892 6.5%
23 South Hooksett 5,831 3.1%
24 Portsmouth 21,775 6.7%
25 Hampton 9,166 3.8%
26 Londonderry 11,841 3.0%

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