Welcome to New Hampshire

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Welcome to New Hampshire

Imagine yourself in picturesque New Hampshire, a land of majestic beauty from the rugged White Mountains to the quaint beach towns on the Atlantic coast. Whether you like an industrial urban vibe, rolling farmland, or just plain wilderness–you'll be sure to find it in the Granite State.

New Hampshire is known for its status as the first in the nation presidential primary and its "Live Free or Die" political philosophy which doesn't impose a sales or income tax on its residents. The state's staunch resistance to taxation dates all the way back to the American Revolution. New Hampshire was the first colony to create its own government separate from the authority of the British crown. But those aren't the only reasons to move to New Hampshire, as you will soon learn.

New Hampshire Self-Storage Facts

New Hampshire, not unlike the nation at large, has seen a boost in self-storage development activity over the last few years. That's partly due to a lack of new facilities that were built after the recession, and also due to pent up demand created by the natural growth of urban and suburban areas. New Hampshire perhaps has an oversupplied self-storage market with 6.07 square feet per resident. Compare that to the national average of 5.4 square feet and you will see that the state has quite a bit more to offer. Still, storage development continues as entrepreneurial investors seek suitable sites in New Hampshire, including vacant big box stores that can be converted into self-storage facilities.

Here's some fast facts about the state of the New Hampshire's self-storage industry:

Below are some statistics that provide an overview of the self-storage industry in New Hampshire:


New Hampshire is home to about 266 self-storage facilities.


New Hampshire self-storage facilities cover 7,940,210 square feet of storage space.


New Hampshire storage facilities offer 6.07 square feet of storage per person, which is more than the national average of 5.4 square feet per person.

Reasons to Move to New Hampshire

Few states offer such indescribable natural beauty and opportunity as Montana. Here are a few more reasons why this is such a great state to set up camp:


Live Free or Die. Okay, so the state motto is not the only reason, but it is a pretty big one. No sales taxes or income taxes are a pretty sweet deal. Although New Hampshire does have the third highest property taxes in the country.


You're basically in Boston. The southern portion of New Hampshire borders the Boston suburbs, making Bean Town just a hop, skip and a jump away for most New Hampshirites. Many folks live in Nashua and surrounding towns and commute to their job in Boston.


Waterfront property. You'll delight in your proximity to the pristine Seacoast Region, made up of portions of Rockingham County and Strafford County. Here you can frolic in New Hampshire's coastal hamlets and enjoy bountiful seafood and cultural activities.


Snowmobiling paradise. Through the White Mountains and beyond, New Hampshire maintains more than 6,830 miles of public snowmobile trails–making the state one of the most popular states for zooming through the snow.


Academics on lock. New Hampshire is home to dozens of colleges and universities, including ivy-league member Dartmouth. Dartmouth is the oldest university in the state and founded before the American Revolution.


The laid back lakes region. New Hampshire isn't all beaches and snowy mountains. A big chunk of the state actually lies in the Lakes Region, which is home to more than 30 lakes and plenty of vacation resorts. Wolfeboro, located on Lake Winnipesaukee claims to be the oldest resort town in the nation.


Holy Mountains! New Hampshire is home to some of the tallest ski slopes in the Northeast, but the state is more than just skiing. The state is also a hot spot for mountain climbers.


Lead the free world. Since 1952 New Hampshire has been home to the first presidential primary in the country. Iowan actually have their say first but they hold a caucus, not a primary. Winners of the New Hampshire primary for their respective party nominating contests have gone on to be the candidate 12 of out 15 times since 1952.


Start your engines. NASCAR isn't just for the South. The New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon has hosted several races a year since the 1990s. Nicknamed the "Miracle Mile", the track is also famous for the America's longest running motorcycle race dubbed the Loudon Classic.


World's biggest vintage arcade. The American Classic Arcade Museum in Laconia, NH offers visitors a chance to play a revolving selection of more than 200 classic cabinet games.

Moving to New Hampshire

With an estimated 1,363,852 residents, New Hampshire is the eighth smallest state in the country by population. But it's getting bigger, growing by 0.55 percent from 2018 to 2019. And while the state is ranked 46th by area, the population is fairly dense with 147 residents per square mile. Many people relocate to New Hampshire as a nice quiet place to retire, for their libertarian brand of politics, and to commute to jobs in Boston.

New Hampshire Economic Outlook

For a small state, New Hampshire has a particularly robust economy. The state has an estimated total GDP of $86 billion in 2018. The state has the fourth-highest median income in the country, totaling $74,801 a year in 2017. It also has an extraordinarily low unemployment rate of 2.5 percent.

Below is a list of New Hampshire's biggest economic sectors by percent share of GDP:

14 percent
Rental, real estate and leasing
11 percent
10 percent
10 percent
Professional services
9 percent

Who are New Hampshire's Largest Employers?

C&S Wholesale Grocers in Keene
Ocean Properties in Portsmouth
Keene State College in Keene
Standex International in Salem
University of New Hampshire in Durham

Places to live in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is one of the smallest states in the country, covering only about with about 9,349 square miles. The southern half of the state is the most populated, and home to many commuters who work and play in Boston. The northern portion of the state is less populated, and offers a more rural way of living. Wherever you choose to live in New Hampshire you will be in the heart of the Northeast, putting you less than a day's drive to Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, and even New York City. You also have access to the international border into Canada where you can visit Quebec on a whim.

If you are planning to move into the state of New Hampshire, consider these primary cities:


Manchester is a cosmopolitan city that is the heart of Northern New England; it's the largest city in New Hampshire, Maine or Vermont. Founded in 1751 as Derryfield, the city was reincorporated as Manchester in 1846. With a population of around 112,000, Manchester is frequently named as one of America's most affordable and livable cities. The average salary in Manchester is relatively high at $62,000 per year.

Cost of living
19 percent higher than national average
Median home price
Average rent
Average apartment size
861 square feet


With over 86,000 residents, Nashua is the second biggest city in New Hampshire. Originally built around a long busted textile industry, Nashua today is booming as part of the Greater Boston Metro Area. The downtown area has seen quite a lot of redevelopment in recent years. The median income of $73,000 is a product of the city's recent growth.

Cost of living
23 percent higher than national average
Median home price
Average rent

Great Falls

The state's capital and third largest city, Concord is steeped in history and culture. The area was first settled by colonists after 1725 by Ebenezer Eastman and his family moved over from nearby Haverhill, Massachusetts. Concord today has more than 42,000 residents, who make a median income of $61,000 per year.

Cost of living
20.1 percent higher than national average
Median home price
Average rent

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