These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In New Hampshire


We used science and data to determine which places in New Hampshire are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in New Hampshire?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in New Hampshire – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which New Hampshire cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Granite State:

  1. Newmarket (Photos)
  2. Hillsborough
  3. Farmington
  4. Franklin (Photos)
  5. Durham
  6. Claremont (Photos)
  7. Manchester (Photos)
  8. Laconia (Photos)
  9. Suncook (Photos)
  10. Plymouth

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, Hampton is the happiest place in New Hampshire.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In New Hampshire

In order to rank the unhappiest places in New Hampshire, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in New Hampshire with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 31 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In New Hampshire’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.

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1. Newmarket

Newmarket, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,589
People Who Own Their Home: 36.3%
Married Adults: 31.64%

2. Hillsborough

Hillsborough, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,058
People Who Own Their Home: 51.35%
Married Adults: 51.74%

3. Farmington


Population: 3,562
People Who Own Their Home: 60.59%
Married Adults: 43.21%

4. Franklin

Franklin, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,462
People Who Own Their Home: 49.8%
Married Adults: 44.29%

5. Durham

Durham, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,288
People Who Own Their Home: 38.96%
Married Adults: 12.62%

6. Claremont

Claremont, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,169
People Who Own Their Home: 56.33%
Married Adults: 45.55%

7. Manchester

Manchester, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 110,065
People Who Own Their Home: 44.29%
Married Adults: 42.21%

8. Laconia

Laconia, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,007
People Who Own Their Home: 39.65%
Married Adults: 47.19%

9. Suncook

Suncook, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,017
People Who Own Their Home: 51.2%
Married Adults: 48.52%

10. Plymouth

Plymouth, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,807
People Who Own Their Home: 31.1%
Married Adults: 15.33%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In New Hampshire

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Newmarket 1 36.3%
Hillsborough 2 51.35%
Farmington 3 60.59%
Franklin 4 49.8%
Durham 5 38.96%
Claremont 6 56.33%
Manchester 7 44.29%
Laconia 8 39.65%
Suncook 9 51.2%
Plymouth 10 31.1%
Berlin 11 52.2%
Concord 12 51.31%
Littleton 13 44.92%
Keene 14 51.33%
Rochester 15 58.23%
Somersworth 16 51.94%
Dover 17 47.41%
Hanover 18 39.85%
Milford 19 48.02%
Derry 20 53.35%
Belmont 21 68.85%
Nashua 22 53.21%
Londonderry 23 79.8%
Portsmouth 24 49.24%
Hudson 25 70.86%
Lebanon 26 46.57%
Exeter 27 61.58%
Newport 28 57.26%
Goffstown 29 59.72%
South Hooksett 30 84.8%
Hampton 31 67.53%

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12 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In New Hampshire

  1. This list really seems to have been created by someone who has never before been to New Hampshire. Newmarket is a college town, thus it is absurd to conclude it is a “miserable” town based on the fact that it has a low marage rate and a low rate of home ownership. On top of that, it takes a lot of audacity to say that Hampton is the “happiest” place. This whole list is upside down, and nobody from New Hampshire would ever take this seriously. The author needs to go back to the drawing board on this one.

    1. We think the numbers give an insight you miss from living there too long. The numbers never lie, people’s perceptions do.

      It’s like the Moneyball of Real Estate if you will.

        1. That’s why Hampton is not only the happiest, but the third most happy as well.

          You can’t judge these town on a limited data set, especially without even visiting them. Newmarket is a college town so it’s very transient in it’s population. Not a lot students are married and quite a few remain here after college or come back here to live and start a family. When I put a link to this on my facebook page, everyone defended Newmarket, no matter where they live now, they all have very fond memories of this town.

          You need to check out Berlin, NH. That poor town lost it’s paper mill and has been struggling for a long time.

  2. This is the dumbest piece of clickbait I’ve ever wasted my time on. I’m not even from New Hampshire, but I have spent a lot of time there. If these are the most miserable places, New Hampshire must not be a very miserable place.

  3. I wonder where the data came for Hillsboro. The population data is way off, it hasn’t been 2000 people in my lifetime, and I’m getting old.

    I wonder if this is just some sort of spam site? The picture doesn’t look right either, so I wonder if they are using data from a different Hillsboro, maybe in a different state?

    I’d be interested in the formula that was used and the raw data.

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