To continue my series of where to retire, this week I’m going to take a look at the counties of New Hampshire. Just a few quick facts before I begin. Did you know New Hampshire is the 5th smallest state in the country? It also has the 9th smallest population. The average cost of living is a little higher than the rest of New England but if you’re looking to get away from all the commotion and settle somewhere quite, New Hampshire is the place for you. Here are four of the best New Hampshire counties to spend your retirement.
One of the larger counties of New Hampshire is Rockingham, where over 295,000 people call home. 13% of the county’s 795 square miles is water which means there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Homes run on the more pricier side with an average of $248,000 and a high cost of living index at 130, but the beautiful scenery will be worth every penny.
This western part of the state has a very low population, only 51 people per square mile. It’s the perfect spot for any nature lover as it is home to part of the White Mountain National Forest. Living expenses are actually pretty reasonable in this part of the state with the average home price at $188,000 and the cost of living index as low as 113. However, because of the low population, there are only 186 doctors per 100,000 residents.
If you’re looking to move to a place to become more active in nature for health reasons, you might want to move to Grafton county. With six hospitals in the area, there are 1,090 physicians per 100,000 residents. This county is also home to the White Mountain National Forest. Prices for homes are a little steep, running at an average of over $210,200, but the cost of living index is only 116 which is lower than the state average.
The most affordable county in the state of New Hampshire is by far Sullivan County. The cost of living index is just under 105 and the average cost of a home is $147,000. Located on the border of Vermont, this county offers many outdoor activities such as kayaking and hiking in the warmer months and sledding and skiing in the colder months.