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%
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.