Friday, May 2, 2014

Top 20 Reasons to Live in New Hampshire

I am an avid supporter of the burgeoning startup ecosystem in New Hampshire through 10X Venture Partners, the Granite Fund and Techout NH.  I am also active in the local real estate market and we just launched a new residential subdivision  -  Skyview.  It strikes me that the message of everything NH has to offer doesn't get out enough.   This post talks to the well known and lesser known benefits of New Hampshire living.     

New Hampshire reaches national prominence once every 4 years with the first in the nation presidential primary.   While we may fade from the national consciousness between elections, New Hampshire is a phenomenal place to live with close proximity to Boston, the mountains and the ocean.   The Live Free or Die state has the lowest tax burden in the nation as a percentage of gross income but that's only part of the story.  Here are a number of other great reasons to consider the New Hampshire lifestyle - many of which will likely surprise you:

1   Sales Tax
New Hampshire has no general sales tax.
Source: NH Department of Revenue Administration
2   Income Tax
New Hampshire has no general personal income tax. Dividends and interest are taxed at only 5%.
Source: Bankrate
3   Capital Gains Tax
New Hampshire has no capital gains tax.
Source: Area Development Online

4   Small Business
New Hampshire is friendly to small businesses and entrepreneurs. New Hampshire is frequently among the top 5 in nationwide rankings of business-friendly states.
5   Median Household Income
New Hampshire's median household income of $62,647 is among the highest in the country.
Source: US Census Bureau
6   Low Unemployment
As of March 2013, NH unemployment is 5.7%; US average is 7.6%.
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics
7   High-Tech Jobs
New Hampshire is ranked 9th in the nation for percentage of high-tech jobs.
Source: TechAmerica
8   Retail Benefits
Retail businesses benefit from proximity to Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Canada as residents shop in New Hampshire to benefit from the lack of sales tax.

9   Quality of Life and Livability
New Hampshire has been ranked #1 in the nation for quality of life and livability 5 years in a row.
10   Safety
New Hampshire is the safest state in the country.
Source: CQ Press
11   Health
New Hampshire is the 3rd healthiest state in the nation.
Source: America's Health Rankings
12   Health Care Quality
New Hampshire is ranked 1st for health care quality.
Source: Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
13   Highway Safety
New Hampshire has the 3rd fewest fatalities per 100 million miles driven.
Source: Reason Foundation
14   Child Well-Being
New Hampshire is ranked 1st nationally in the index for child well-being.
Source: The Annie E. Casey Foundation
15   Vehicle Ownership
New Hampshire is the least expensive state in which to own a vehicle.
Source: Forbes
16   Schooling Options
New Hampshire offers many private/non-government schooling options, including home schools, Montessori schools, Waldorf schools, religious schools, boarding schools, and traditional private high schools.
Source: GreatSchools
17   Standard of Living
New Hampshire has the highest standard of living in the country (based on poverty rate, 2011)
Source: PSNH
18   Quality Education
New Hampshire 4th graders ranked 1st place in a national science assessment test.
Source: WCAX
19   Outdoor Activities
New Hampshire offers outdoor activities throughout the year, including biking, bird watching, boating, camping, climbing, fishing, golfing, going to the beach, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, skate boarding, skiing, and snowmobiling.
Source: NH Outdoors

20   Hiker's Dream
NH is a great place for hikers, boasting 48 mountains with peaks higher than 4,000 feet, access to the Appalachian Trail, and numerous trails of various distances and difficulties throughout the state.
Source: NH Outdoors

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