“Walkin’ barefoot in your sands, or a clear blue mountain stream, leaves my troubles far away or at least that’s how it seems.”
These lyrics from the Brownie McIntosh-penned “Oh, New Hampshire (you’re my home)” capture the essence of why living better is easier in the Granite State.
While most people know that New Hampshire is home of the first primary of each U.S. presidential election cycle and that its motto is “live free or die.” But, the state truly offers something for everyone–from outdoor enthusiasts to foodies to healthcare professionals.
Here’s a look at 10 reasons why living better is easier in New Hampshire:
If there is one thing people in New Hampshire value, it’s hard work (and the fruits of their labor). There are only nine states in the country that do not collect income tax–and the Granite State is one of them. It’s also one of five states without a statewide sales tax.
Each year, Kids Count evaluates how well children live in each of the country’s states based on economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. Each year New Hampshire ranks at or near the top. Yes, New Hampshire is a great place for kids.
If you like to hunt, fish, hike, bike, ski or swim, you are sure to find a place to do it in New Hampshire. It’s got mountains, forests, lakes, streams and the ocean all within driving distance. How many other states can make the same claim?
New Hampshire is home to both big cities and bucolic little towns. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds–from world-class entertainment and nightlife to quiet tranquility.
If you’re looking for a state where you can feel safe walking down the street or playing with your kids in a park (and who isn’t?), you’ve found a safe haven in New Hampshire. It consistently ranks among the safest states in America, with low violent and property crime rates and communities of people that truly look out for one another.
From sensational spring wildflower blooms to summers that aren’t sweltering to fantastic fall foliage to winters washed in wonderful white snow, New Hampshire delivers four seasons of fun. The weather doesn’t ever seem to get too extreme, and you and your family won’t likely ever experience a hurricane, earthquake or tornado.
There is a direct correlation between living better and low costs of living. Manchester, which is New Hampshire’s largest city, is one of the most inexpensive cities in the country in which to live, according to Forbes.
If you’re a foodie, you’re going to love the offerings in New Hampshire. With is proximity to the ocean, seafood is plentiful. And if it’s comfort food you seek, you are sure to enjoy the traditional meals of the New England’s Puritan settlers, which include baked beans, baked turkey and apple pie. The state is also home to Black Trumpet, which is regarded as one of the top restaurants in New England.
When you add it all up–the economics, adventure, healthcare, safety and more–you have the highest quality of life in the country.
One of the best aspects of New Hampshire is the variety of outdoor adventures it provides. Download our free guide to start planning your next weekend excursion.
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