Background: The leaves on many New Hampshire hardwood trees turn colors in the fall, attracting numerous tourists.

Living in New Hampshire

New Hampshire - Live Free or Die

History, Geography, Homes, and State Resources of New Hampshire

A quiet state, New Hampshire is perfect for families and a place to escape from the consumerist oriented larger cities. Also Itís a great spot for those wishing to spend time taking advantage of outdoor activities like camping, hiking, snowmobiling, ice skating. skiing, hiking, and hunting

Tall mountains, dense forests, wildlife and ski slopes dominate the state . Although not all of it is unpopulated or remote and . The southern portion of the state features bustling urban centers with even some areas having access to the ocean. When relocating to the state of New Hampshire, you will discover each area blends its very own personality to the lifestyle of your family.

Getting around New Hampshire by car is relatively simple and even enjoyable. After relocating to New Hampshire, recent arrivals will find slow, aimless drives on Sundays are always a possibility, while dirt roads are pleasurable places to discover. Just be sure and acknowledge the no-trespassing signs and private property. New Hampshire landowners can be quite protective of their properties and if you use their land for hunting, you might spoil the weekend for someone by being in the wrong spot at a bad time.

Many different kinds of game are hunted in the state of New Hampshire, which makes hunting season almost a constant worry from September through the end of May. If you go hiking or camping or walk in the woods during these months, be sure to wear bright colors like neon orange so as to not be mistaken for game.

Under an English land grant, Capt. John Smith sent settlers to establish a fishing colony at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, near present-day Rye and Dover, in 1623. Capt. John Mason, who participated in the founding of Portsmouth in 1630, gave New Hampshire its name.

After a 38-year period of union with Massachusetts, New Hampshire was made a separate royal colony in 1679. As leaders in the revolutionary cause, New Hampshire delegates received the honor of being the first to vote for the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. New Hampshire gained a measure of international attention in 1905 when Portsmouth Naval Base played host to the signing of the treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War, known as the Treaty of Portsmouth.

Climate

New Hampshire has a varying climate, with wide variations in daily and seasonal temperatures. Summers are short and cool, winters long and cold. Concord has a normal daily mean temperature of 46įF, ranging from 21įF in January to 70įF  in July.

Demography

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  • Education

    Hew Hampshire Colleges. There are currently several universities, an art school and a law school, as well as a number of undergraduate and graduate Baccalaureate colleges. In addition, four non-governmental entities offer courses and degrees in New Hampshire locations, and fifteen academic institutions formerly operate in that state.

    The country's five public universities are managed by the New Hampshire University System, which is the largest provider of post-secondary education in the state

    Economy

    In recent years, New Hampshire has experienced a relatively robust economy. Growth has returned to rates similar to the rate prior the Great Recession, and the unemployment rate has remained below three percent since late 2015. Incomes appear to have increased for workers, with many middle- and low-income workers finally returning to near pre-Recession levels of income. However, job creation has been strongest in industries with wages less than the statewide averages and has been uneven in different regions of the state, while both housing and workforce constraints are likely limiting economic growth.

    Flora and Fauna

    Well forested, New Hampshire supports an abundance of elm, maple, beech, oak, pine, hemlock, and fir trees. Among wild flowers, several orchids are considered rare. Three New Hampshire plant species were listed as threatened or endangered in 2003; the small whorled pogonia was threatened and Jesup's milk-vetch and Northeastern bulrush were endangered.

    Among native New Hampshire mammals are the white-tailed deer, muskrat, beaver, porcupine, and snowshoe hare. Nine animal species were listed as threatened or endangered in 2003, including the Karner blue butterfly, bald eagle, dwarf wedgemussel, finback whale, and leatherback sea turtle.

  • New Hampshire State Bird (Purple Finch)
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  • Government

    The New Hampshire State House, located in Concord at 107 North Main Street, is the state capitol building of New Hampshire. The capitol houses the New Hampshire General Court, Governor, and Executive Council. The building was constructed on a block framed by Park Street (named in honor of the architect, Stuart James Park) to the north, Main Street to the east, Capitol Street to the south, and North State Street to the west. The current statehouse was designed in 1814, and paid for by the city of Concord. In 1816, local Quakers sold the lot where their meetinghouse was to the state of New Hampshire, and the building was built between 1816 and 1819 by architect Stuart Park.

    The only executive elected statewide is the governor, who serves a two-year term and is assisted by a five-member executive council, elected for two years by district. As of 2000, New Hampshire and Vermont were the only two states whose governors served two-year terms. The governor must be at least 30 years old and must have been a state resident for seven years before election. 

    A voter must be at least 18 years old, a US citizen, and must have a permanent established domicile in the state of New Hampshire. Restrictions apply to convicted felons. As of 2003, New Hampshire was the only state that did not allow voters to register by mail.

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  • Attractions

    From its 18 miles of seacoast to the summit of the Northeast's highest peak, New Hampshire packs plenty of variety into an easy-to-reach area. Along with the many places to visit, New Hampshire's natural attractions offer plenty of things to do in the great outdoors, many of them free. The attractions that draw visitors to this part of New England include beautiful ocean and lake beaches, miles of kayaking waters, above-timberline hiking on the Appalachian Trail, sailing on mountain-ringed lakes, fun-filled theme and water parks for kids, exciting rides to mountaintops, and tours of historic houses. So whether it's challenging hikes, sailing, foliage viewing in the fall, tax-free shopping, skiing in the winter, covered bridges, or colonial history, you'll find it - and plenty more - in New Hampshire.
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  • Amusement Parks

    Attitash Mountain Resort, Bartlett
      Attitash Mountain Resort is a ski area located on U.S. Route 302 in Bartlett, New Hampshire, near North Conway. Constructed in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration, Attitash is operated by Peak Resorts under a special-use permit with the White Mountain National Forest. Located in the heart of the White Mountains, Attitash is home to two mountains, Attitash and Bear Peak. Attitash/Bear Peak has a total of 68 ski runs. It is a resort that appeals to all skill levels.
    Candia Springs Adventure Park, Candia
    Canobie Lake Park, Salem
      Canobie Lake Park features a variety of rides and attractions. The Yankee Cannonball, a 1930s-era wooden roller coaster, is one of the park's best known rides. There is also has a looping, steel roller coaster named the Canobie Corkscrew, The Canobie Corkscrew operated at Old Chicago from 1975 to 1980 as the "Chicago Loop", at the Alabama State Fairgrounds as "Corkscrew" from 1982 to 1986, before moving to Canobie Lake in 1987. The Canobie Corkscrew is one of the first steel looping roller coasters manufactured in the world and is part of a series of Arrow corkscrew models produced from 1975-1979. Other thrill rides in Canobie Lake Park include Starblaster, an S&S Double Shot. The park also features a rotor ride named "Turkish Twist", and a shoot-the-chutes ride named "The Boston Tea Party". Canobie has one dark ride, named "Mine of Lost Souls".
    Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park, North Conway
    Clark's Trading Post, Lincoln
      Clark's Trading Post is a visitor attraction in Lincoln, New Hampshire, in the White Mountains. It is known for its trained bears and for the White Mountain Central Railroad, a 30-minute, 2.5-mile (4.0 km) steam-powered train ride.

      Clark's Trading Post includes several museums: Americana Museum - collections of American historic items including steam and gas engines, early household appliances, advertising and products 1884 Pemigewasset Hook and Ladder Fire Station -horse-drawn fire engines, wagons and firefighting equipment Clark History Museum - History of Clark's Trading Post and the Clark family Florence Murray Museum - includes antique games, guns, swords, souvenir china, typewriters, railroad memorabilia Avery's Garage - a replica gas station with early motoring memorabilia, vintage motorcycles and antique automobiles

    Fort Jefferson Fun Park, Jefferson
    Fun-World, Nashua
    Santa's Village, Jefferson
      Santa's Village is a Christmas-themed amusement park located in Jefferson, New Hampshire. Most of the 23 rides have Christmas or winter-themed names, such as "Rudy's Rapid Transit Coaster" and "The Great Humbug Adventure". The rides are designed for families with children under age 13. There are also three theatres, two of which present live shows and a third that features a 3-D movie called "A Tinkerdoodle Christmas". Visitors can visit Santa's home, sit in his rocking chair, and have a picture taken with Santa.
    Story Land, Glen
      Story Land is a theme park located in Glen, New Hampshire. In the few years prior to opening, the founders, Bob and Ruth Morrell, had purchased a large number of dolls from Germany based on storybook characters. This was the basis for the park. When it opened, it had just one ride: an old fire truck. The park now covers some 35 acres  and has over 230 rides.

    National Parks

    Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Maine to Georgia, CT,GA,MA,MD,ME,NC,NH,NJ,NY,PA,TN,VA,VT,WV
      The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180+ mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers.
    Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, NH
      Discover the home, studios and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of Americaís greatest sculptors. See over 100 of his artworks in the galleries and on the grounds, from heroic public monuments to expressive portrait reliefs, and the gold coins which changed the look of American coinage. Enjoy summer concerts, explore nature trails, or indulge your hidden talents during a sculpture class.

    National Forests

    White Mountain National Forest - 761,687 acres
      This National Forest is located in the White Mountains, which the Appalachian Trail and White Mountain Scenic Byway pass through. The forest includes Mount Washington, which at 6,288 feet is the highest point in the Northeast and the location of the fastest wind speed recorded on earth, although the summit is located in a state park.

    Sports

    New Hampshire has two NCAA Division I teams: the Dartmouth Big Green (Ivy League) and the New Hampshire Wildcats (America East Conference), as well as three Division II teams: Franklin Pierce Ravens, Saint Anselm Hawks and Southern New Hampshire Penmen (Northeast-10 Conference).

    The Seacoast United Phantoms are a soccer team based in Hampton, New Hampshire. Founded in 1996, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home games at Amesbury Sports Park, where they have played since 2017.

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  • Taxes

    New Hampshire does not collect state sales tax or levy an income tax on wages. Property taxes are issued by the municipality where the property is located on either an annual, semiannual or quarterly basis. Due dates vary based upon the issue date of the bill. The assessed valuation for residential property is based on 100% of the full market value.

    Tax Facts

    • Income tax: none (5% Interest and Dividends Tax)
    • Sales tax: none
    • Property tax: 2.19% average effective rate
    • Gas tax: 23.83 cents per gallon

    Transportation

    Aviation

    Nnew Hampshire Airports. There are 26 New Hampshire airports for public use. The airports in New Hampshire are the gateway to the beautiful and picturesque landscape of the state. The airports in New Hampshire are well maintained as they receive many tourists each year.

    Portsmouth International Airport at Pease
    Portsmouth International Airport at Pease Photo by Katie Murphy
    There are not many international airports in New Hampshire. The only one there is is Pease International Tradeport Airport in Portsmouth.

    Portsmouth's Pease International Tradeport Airport is New Hampshire's gateway to the international community. The airport offers hangar facilities for private pilots. The airport also has a commercial port, which is useful for import and export companies. The airlines operating from this airport are Pan Am Clipper Connection and Allegiant Air.

    The Manchester-Manchester Manchester Manchester Airport has all the amenities of a major airport. The terminal of this airport has barbecues, bars, restaurants, snack bars and news and souvenir shops. 

    Ports

    Portsmouth Harbor, 37 miles southwestward of Cape Elizabeth and about 25 miles northward of Cape Ann Light, is the only harbor of refuge for deep-draft vessels between Portland and Gloucester. Portsmouth Harbor is at the mouth of Piscataqua River and is the approach to the cities of Portsmouth and Dover, and the towns of New Castle, Kittery, Newmarket, Durham, Newington, and Exeter. The harbor, of sufficient depth to accommodate large deep-draft ships, is open throughout the year, though vessels may be hampered somewhat in passing through the two lift bridges to deepwater berths above the city.

    Rail

    Long-distance intercity passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak's Vermonter and Downeaster lines.

    Greyhound, Concord Coach, Vermont Translines and Dartmouth Coach all provide intercity bus connections to and from points in New Hampshire and to long-distance points beyond and in between.

    Boston-centered MBTA Commuter Rail services reach only as far as northern Massachusetts. The New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority is working to extend "Capital Corridor" service from Lowell, Massachusetts, to Nashua, Concord, and Manchester, including Manchester-Boston Regional Airport; and "Coastal Corridor" service from Haverhill, Massachusetts, to Plaistow, New Hampshire. 

    Eleven public transit authorities operate local and regional bus services around the state, and eight private carriers operate express bus services which link with the national intercity bus network.

    Tourist railroads include the Conway Scenic Railroad, Hobo-Winnipesaukee Railroad, and the Mount Washington Cog Railway.

    Freight railways
    Freight railways in New Hampshire include Claremont & Concord Railroad (CCRR), Pan Am Railways via subsidiary Springfield Terminal Railway (ST), the New England Central Railroad (NHCR), the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad (SLR), and New Hampshire Northcoast Corporation (NHN).

    Roads

    New Hampshire has a well-maintained, well-signed network of Interstate highways, U.S. highways, and state highways. State highway markers still depict the Old Man of the Mountain despite that rock formation's demise in 2003. Several route numbers align with the same route numbers in neighboring states. State highway numbering does not indicate the highway's direction. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation operates a statewide ride-sharing match service, in addition to independent ride matching and guaranteed ride home programs. 

    New Hampshire Housing

    The median home value in New Hampshire is $270,200. New Hampshire home values have gone up 7.9% over the past year and predictions are they will rise 5.7% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in New Hampshire is $165. The median price of homes currently listed in New Hampshire is $290,000. The median rent price in New Hampshire is $1,725.

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    New Hampshire Cities & Towns

    There are ten counties in New Hampshire. Five of the counties were created in 1769, when New Hampshire was still an English colony and not a state, during the first subdivision of the state into counties. There are 13 cities and 221 towns in the state. It is organized along the New England town model, where the state is nearly completely incorporated and divided into towns, some of which the state has designated as "cities".
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