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 26 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:
- North Woodstock
- Center Sandwich
- Mountain Lakes
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.
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 crunched the numbers
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 26 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.
Population: 775 Median Income: $35,560
Median Home Value: $211,600
Population: 937 Median Income: $45,504
Median Home Value: $110,000
Population: 992 Median Income: $49,375
Median Home Value: $118,800
4. North Woodstock
Population: 267 Median Income: $40,789
Median Home Value: $176,400
Population: 884 Median Income: $59,881
Median Home Value: $141,500
6. Center Sandwich
Population: 148 Median Income: $50,417
Median Home Value: $277,800
Population: 882 Median Income: $49,130
Median Home Value: $133,300
Population: 800 Median Income: $45,667
Median Home Value: $131,300
9. Mountain Lakes
Population: 450 Median Income: $46,875
Median Home Value: $127,100
Population: 326 Median Income: $51,250
Median Home Value: $202,700
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.
- Best: Amherst
- 2nd Best: Plainfield
- 3rd Best: Loudon
For more reading, check out:
Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In New Hampshire