Top 14 Reasons to Live in New Hampshire
1. No sales tax, no income tax! New Hampshire is one of the very few states in the country that does not levy income tax or a statewide sales tax. This is only one of the many ways in which it lives up to its motto - "Live Free or Die." Having said as much, you still have to pay property tax, but you still end up saving money in the long run.
2. Live free! The laws and policies of New Hampshire are more liberal than many other states in the country. For instance, a citizen of New Hampshire isn't legally obligated to wear a seat belt or a helmet, get a valid driver's license, or buy auto insurance. This doesn't mean that the state is reckless and indifferent to the well-being of its people, it simply wants to put the onus on its residents to make responsible decisions.
3. Motor Sports! Every year, Laconia, New Hampshire, hosts Motorcycle Week, which includes races and motorcycle shows. If you're more interested in four-wheel vehicles, head over to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which hosts NASCAR races, as well as the oldest motorcycle race in America, the Loudon Classic.
4. Affordable houses! Luckily for you, residential property is quite affordable in the state. In fact, you can have access to a truly urban and modern life in the city of Manchester without drilling a huge hole in your pocket. Even though the median home price is higher than the national average, it is still significantly lower than surrounding states.
5. Home prices are on the rise! Gradually, people are being drawn to the natural beauty and the freer laws of the state. This has lead to a steady increase in the median home sale price in the past few years, after a sharp decline in the years between 2005-2009. At the same time, the real estate market seems to be stabilizing, which means that if you buy a house this year, chances are that it will be worth much more in the next few years.
6. Excellent public and private schools! Students of New Hampshire schools are known to do well on standardized tests like SAT and ACT. In 2008, schools here tied with those in Massachusetts for the highest SAT scores in the country and things have only improved since then. If you have a family with kids, their education will be well taken care of.
7. Home to Dartmouth College! Hanover, New Hampshire, is home to Dartmouth College, an Ivy League university. There is a certain charm to living in a college town, even if you're not a student.
8. Hotspot for vacation home sales! Owing to the scenic beauty of the state and opportunities for both surfing and skiing, vacation home sales are increasing every year. As of now, 10% of the total homes in the state are bought by people looking for secondary or vacation homes.
9. Great health care facilities! New Hampshire occupies the top spot in terms of quality of health care facilities, with such outstanding hospitals as the DartmouthHitchcock Medical Center. Also, New Hampshire is the third healthiest state in the country.
10. High apartment vacancy rate! Despite the recent surge in the property market, the vacancy rate in New Hampshire is still higher than the national average. Thus, there are still many homes for sale and rent available at affordable prices!
11. Go on a hiking trail! The Appalachian Trail is spread over a distance of 2,200 miles, some of which is still untouched by the corrupting influence of human civilization. The rest of the trail has several small towns, which cater to the needs of the many hikers here.
12. Buy rather than rent! In New Hampshire, people are more inclined to buy rather than rent houses since home prices aren't extremely high. This could well be the state where you buy the house of your dreams. Alternatively, you can also consider rent to own policies.
13. Outdoor activities! There are several skiing resorts spread all over the state, the best ones being in Bretton Woods, Wildcat Mountains and Attitash. The state also has a small coastline which makes way for surfing, fishing, boating, and of course, spending time at the beaches.
14. Growing job opportunities! Since the state boasts of lenient tax laws, many businesses are beginning to set up offices here. This has lead to growing employment opportunities for people, making way for reduced unemployment rates.