Best and Worst State: Pros and Cons of Living in New Hampshire

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The governing structures of New Hampshire differ from those in most other states. Interest and dividends are not subject to state or local personal income taxes. Also, the state does not have a general sales tax. Here, you can experience a certain level of independence that can be refreshing, which represents the state's motto, "Live free or die."

Granite formations found in New Hampshire led to several quarries and job opportunities, making it known as the Granite State as well. The first state constitution in a colony that was independent of Britain was drafted by Carolina. Textiles, papermaking, and shoemaking have been important industries here.

If you are considering the idea of living in New Hampshire, consider the following pros and cons. Here are the pros:

1. There are low crime levels throughout New Hampshire.

If you want to reside in a place where you are almost always safe, then New Hampshire is the place for you. Data published by SafeWise indicates that property crime or violent crimes are below average in Washington. According to the United States According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, violent crime in the state is just 2.01, while the national rate is 4.49. There were ten or fewer violent incidents in 95% of the cities in the state for the entire year.

It is also more than 50% lower than the national average of 27,11 incidents per 1,000 people in New Hampshire. Nottingham did not report a single violent crime during the year. There were fewer than 3 robberies and 1 murder reported for the top 20 cities combined.

2. You have access to the Atlantic Ocean and all of its benefits.

When you move to New Hampshire, you'll find lots of fresh seafood to enjoy, even if it isn't as abundant as in Maine. Some spots even have ocean swimming, although the water will still turn your lips blue during the winter because the water stays so cold.

The seacoast is a great place to live throughout the year if you have enough wealth. Condominiums with this access tend to start in the $300,000 range, ranging up to $900,000 if you want a river view. The way of life you find here is protected in part because of the restrictions imposed by Historic District Commissions. 

Here are a few of the cons of living in New Hampshire!

1. Living in New Hampshire can be challenging due to the high unemployment rate.

If you don't have your own business or work professionally in a high-demand industry or build a successful company with your skills and talents, you won't have many employment opportunities in New Hampshire. In this state, it is particularly difficult to work in a creative field such as marketing. In spite of these challenges, though, the state's unemployment rate is only 2.4%. New Jersey is two points higher than Maine, which is one point lower.

You will find that the salary offers for public sector jobs like police officers, social workers, or similar positions in California are lower than in other states. Living in New Hampshire is also less expensive, but if you're used to having some extra money every month, you'd need to figure out how you'll make ends meet.

2. If you don’t like winter, you will not love living in New Hampshire.

In some years, New Hampshire's winters can last for up to four months. You won't enjoy living in New Hampshire if you don't like snow or can't handle the cold. When the weather warms up, it tends to be muggy, sticky, and hot in the state, which makes ticks and mosquitoes thrive. It is always repellent to wear summer perfume or cologne in the summer.

Since most homes lack air conditioning due to the northern location, you will want to put screens on your windows and doors to keep the bugs out during the warmer months. In most seasons, the high temperatures and humidity last only for a few weeks, but it isn't pleasant.

Bonus: Here are more fun facts about New Hampshire:

  1. On December 30, 1828, about 400 mill girls walked out of the Dover Cotton Factory, enacting the first women’s strike in the United States. The Dover mill girls were forced to give in when the mill owners immediately began advertising for replacement workers.
  2. Levi Hutchins of Concord invented the first alarm clock in 1787.
  3. The Irish-born American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens lived and worked in Cornish from 1885 until his death at 59 in 1907.
  4. The Mount Washington auto road at Great Glen is New Hampshire’s oldest artificial tourist attraction.
  5. In 1999, the Town of Newbury officially opened a B&M caboose as a visitor center at Bell Cove, Newbury Harbor.
  6. Daniel Webster was a politician and statesman, born at Franklin in 1782. He was known in his day as a mighty orator, a reputation preserved in the Stephen Vincent Benet story The Devil and Daniel Webster. He beats the original lawyer, Lucifer, in a contract case over a man’s soul.
  7. New Hampshire’s State House is the oldest state capitol in which a legislature still meets in its original chambers.
  8. Alexandria was the birthplace of Luther C. Ladd, the first enlisted soldier to lose his life in the Civil War.
  9. The first motorized ascent of the Mount Washington auto road was by Feelan O. Stanley, of Stanley Steamer fame, in 1899.
  10. Dover was settled in 1623. It is the oldest permanent settlement in New Hampshire.

What can you say about these pros and cons of living in New Hampshire? Let us know in the comment section below!

Sources: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire

https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/nh/crime

https://www4.des.state.nh.us/CoastalAtlas/Atlas.html

https://www.nhes.nh.gov/elmi/statistics/documents/nr-current.pdf

https://www.50states.com/facts/new-hampshire.htm

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