Worst Small Towns In New Hampshire For 2020


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in New Hampshire are the pits.

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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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst small places to live in New Hampshire.

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Most Americans have never been to New Hampshire. However, as the people who live there know, New Hampshire is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, New Hampshire has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Granite State. Don't shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 34 of New Hampshire's smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in New Hampshire where you'd never want to live:

These are the worst small towns in New Hampshire for 2020:

  1. Colebrook
  2. Winchester
  3. Hinsdale
  4. Pittsfield
  5. Littleton (Photos)
  6. Bristol
  7. Groveton
  8. Ashland
  9. Conway (Photos)
  10. Whitefield

So what is the worst small town to call home in new hampshire for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Colebrook is the worst small town to live in New Hampshire.

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since New Hampshire has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in New Hampshire or the worst places to live in New Hampshire.

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

The 10 Worst Small Towns In New Hampshire For 2020

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4
/10

Population: 1,064
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $99,500 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.0% (4th worst)
More on Colebrook:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 2,199
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $107,700 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (20th worst)
More on Winchester:  Data

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3
/10

Population: 1,524
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $141,100 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.9% (2nd worst)
More on Hinsdale:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 1,586
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $145,700 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.4% (1st worst)
More on Pittsfield:  Data

Littleton, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,604
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $159,600 (13th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (7th worst)
More on Littleton:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,916
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $157,900 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (19th worst)
More on Bristol:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,204
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $66,000 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (17th worst)
More on Groveton:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,353
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $165,200 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (12th worst)
More on Ashland:  Data

Conway, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,838
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $159,800 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 1.7% (26th worst)
More on Conway:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,010
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $110,500 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 1.3% (28th worst)
More on Whitefield:  Data

How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in New Hampshire, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn't a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we determined the worst small towns to live in New Hampshire for 2020

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census's 2014-2018 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there's no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot - 34 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

There You Have It - The Worst Small Towns In New Hampshire

If you're analyzing teeny places in the Granite State with the worst economic situations, where there's high crime and there's not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in New Hampshire, according to science:

  1. Henniker (Pop. 1,798)
  2. Contoocook (Pop. 1,702)
  3. New London (Pop. 1,400)

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In New Hampshire

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Colebrook 1,064 8.0% $99,500
2 Winchester 2,199 3.2% $107,700
3 Hinsdale 1,524 10.9% $141,100
4 Pittsfield 1,586 15.4% $145,700
5 Littleton 4,604 4.9% $159,600
6 Bristol 1,916 3.2% $157,900
7 Groveton 1,204 3.5% $66,000
8 Ashland 1,353 4.5% $165,200
9 Conway 3,838 1.7% $159,800
10 Whitefield 1,010 1.3% $110,500
11 Belmont 1,814 4.7% $171,700
12 Jaffrey 2,614 3.9% $162,800
13 Meredith 1,632 8.8% $208,600
14 Epping 1,907 5.6% $199,800
15 Antrim 1,232 3.0% $181,700
16 Farmington 4,451 1.9% $171,900
17 West Swanzey 1,150 0.0% $144,800
18 Marlborough 1,112 0.0% $185,100
19 Lancaster 1,814 4.6% $142,700
20 North Conway 2,284 0.9% $245,500
21 Tilton Northfield 3,156 2.4% $165,500
22 Raymond 2,994 4.5% $227,600
23 Gorham 1,460 3.6% $137,400
24 East Merrimack 4,148 2.7% $166,100
25 Peterborough 2,846 4.3% $240,700
26 Wolfeboro 2,870 0.0% $317,600
27 Enfield 1,666 1.6% $198,300
28 Hillsborough 1,735 3.3% $145,900
29 Goffstown 3,000 4.5% $235,500
30 Hampton Beach 2,603 3.9% $334,300
31 Charlestown 1,029 0.0% $138,300
32 Henniker 1,798 0.0% $232,400
33 Contoocook 1,702 0.0% $248,500
34 New London 1,400 2.6% $273,100

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