These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In New Hampshire For 2019


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 . This is our fourth 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 36 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 2019:

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

So what is the worst small town to call home in New Hampshire for 2019? 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.

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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 – 36 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.

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Population: 1,187
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $116,300 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (10th worst)
More on Colebrook:  Data

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Population: 1,634
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $122,500 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.4% (1st worst)
More on Pittsfield:  Data

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Population: 1,439
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $145,400 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.5% (2nd worst)
More on Hinsdale:  Data

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Population: 1,253
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $67,500 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (14th worst)
More on Groveton:  Data

Littleton, NH

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Population: 4,420
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $159,500 (18th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (8th worst)
More on Littleton:  Data | Photos

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Population: 2,016
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $117,900 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (12th worst)
More on Winchester:  Data

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Population: 2,350
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $158,500 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (13th worst)
More on Jaffrey:  Data

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Population: 1,898
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $164,400 (19th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (15th worst)
More on Bristol:  Data

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Population: 1,032
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $128,500 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (31st worst)
More on Whitefield:  Data

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Population: 1,521
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $153,700 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (22nd worst)
More on Ashland:  Data

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. Goffstown (Pop. 3,096)
  2. Henniker (Pop. 1,775)
  3. Contoocook (Pop. 1,504)

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 1,187 6.6% $116,300
2 Pittsfield 1,634 13.4% $122,500
3 Hinsdale 1,439 11.5% $145,400
4 Groveton 1,253 5.3% $67,500
5 Littleton 4,420 6.9% $159,500
6 Winchester 2,016 6.1% $117,900
7 Jaffrey 2,350 6.0% $158,500
8 Bristol 1,898 5.0% $164,400
9 Whitefield 1,032 2.2% $128,500
10 Ashland 1,521 3.5% $153,700
11 Antrim 1,290 4.2% $175,400
12 Belmont 1,883 10.7% $168,200
13 West Swanzey 1,344 3.3% $153,500
14 Newport 4,987 2.1% $149,700
15 Plymouth 3,868 7.3% $192,400
16 Meredith 1,679 10.9% $197,100
17 Conway 3,727 3.5% $148,300
18 Farmington 4,127 2.7% $168,500
19 Marlborough 1,110 0.0% $180,200
20 Troy 1,155 2.4% $114,800
21 Epping 1,762 3.9% $193,400
22 Lancaster 1,730 3.1% $143,300
23 Wolfeboro 2,994 8.6% $317,400
24 Tilton Northfield 3,076 2.6% $173,500
25 Raymond 3,122 6.5% $220,900
26 North Conway 2,141 0.1% $233,600
27 East Merrimack 3,963 8.6% $158,700
28 Peterborough 3,038 4.1% $215,000
29 Gorham 1,461 4.0% $135,500
30 Hillsborough 1,944 3.3% $153,300
31 Hooksett 4,846 6.8% $199,400
32 Hampton Beach 2,405 3.1% $327,200
33 Charlestown 1,335 0.0% $136,000
34 Goffstown 3,096 4.0% $217,600
35 Henniker 1,775 0.0% $224,300
36 Contoocook 1,504 0.0% $243,300

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