These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In New Hampshire For 2018


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

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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 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:

  1. Lincoln
  2. Woodsville
  3. Lisbon
  4. North Woodstock
  5. Milton
  6. Center Sandwich
  7. Bethlehem
  8. Sanbornville
  9. Mountain Lakes
  10. Bradford

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.

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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.

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1. Lincoln


Population: 775
Median Income: $35,560
Median Home Value: $211,600

2. Woodsville


Population: 937
Median Income: $45,504
Median Home Value: $110,000

3. Lisbon


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

5. Milton


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

7. Bethlehem


Population: 882
Median Income: $49,130
Median Home Value: $133,300

8. Sanbornville


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

10. Bradford


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.

  1. Best: Amherst
  2. 2nd Best: Plainfield
  3. 3rd Best: Loudon

For more reading, check out:

  • These Are The 10 Richest Cities In New Hampshire For 2018
  • 10 Cheapest Places To Live In New Hampshire
  • 10 Safest Places In New Hampshire
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In New Hampshire

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Lincoln 1 775 $211,600
    Woodsville 2 937 $110,000
    Lisbon 3 992 $118,800
    North Woodstock 4 267 $176,400
    Milton 5 884 $141,500
    Center Sandwich 6 148 $277,800
    Bethlehem 7 882 $133,300
    Sanbornville 8 800 $131,300
    Mountain Lakes 9 450 $127,100
    Bradford 10 326 $202,700
    Melvin Village 11 244 $369,600
    North Walpole 12 802 $162,500
    Wilton 13 935 $191,200
    Alton 14 214 $169,800
    North Haverhill 15 898 $167,700
    Bennington 16 337 $152,100
    Canaan 17 528 $196,300
    New Hampton 18 367 $224,000
    Seabrook Beach 19 958 $452,400
    Warner 20 473 $230,700
    Walpole 21 401 $300,600
    Newfields 22 323 $327,100
    Hancock 23 201 $321,000
    Loudon 24 782 $228,400
    Plainfield 25 282 $223,100
    Amherst 26 670 $378,600

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