CITIES AND REGIONS
Comprised of seven unique regions, New Hampshire offers varied landscapes and activities within close proximity.
Winding up the Atlantic Ocean with a breath of fresh New England charm, New Hampshire’s Seacoast is the place to be if you love hip cities with historic roots and fun people. Portsmouth, the region’s largest city and the third oldest city in America, has transformed in recent years thanks to an influx of top employers like Bottomline Technologies, Lonza and Pease International Tradeport.
Noteworthy Cities and Towns: Portsmouth, Dover, Rochester, Hampton, Somersworth
Merrimack Valley Region
Sharing its southern border with Massachusetts, this vibrant region of New Hampshire includes 30 percent of the state’s population and three of the Granite State’s largest cities, including Concord, Nashua and Manchester. The region also boasts a thriving economy for job seekers, thanks to manufacturers like BAE Systems and GE Aviation, and tech companies like Oracle.
Noteworthy Cities and Towns: Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Merrimack, Londonderry
Well-known for Mount Monadnock, this impressive corner of New Hampshire is also home to campus-centered communities and funky town centers. Thanks to proximity to higher education institutions, like Keene State College and Franklin Pierce University, as well as employers like Timken, Paragon Digital Marketing, Markem-Imaje, New Hampshire Ball Bearings and StingRay Optics, the region has a distinctive, youthful vibe. It’s no wonder poets and playwrights, like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Thornton Wilder, found inspiration in the Monadnock region.
Noteworthy Cities and Towns: Keene, Peterborough
Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region
Bolstered by mountains, lake views and Dartmouth College, one of the top academic institutions in the nation, the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region of the Granite State is known for its brains and beauty. Dartmouth innovator-created startups like Avitide, Celdara Medical and FlowTraq find the support they need thanks to investors like Borealis Ventures, while residents and day-trippers enjoy a calming environment that keeps them coming back.
Noteworthy Cities and Towns: Lebanon, Hanover, Claremont, Sunapee
New Hampshire’s Lakes Region may be located in the middle of the state, but it’s nowhere near middle of the road. Home to the stunning Lake Winnipesaukee and Wolfeboro, one of the oldest summer resort towns in America, the region attracts a significant amount of tourism, as well as innovative tech, manufacturing and healthcare companies like LRGHealthcare, Mainstay Technologies and Aavid Thermalloy.
Major Cities and Towns: Laconia, Plymouth, Franklin, Meredith, Wolfeboro
White Mountains Region
Home to the White Mountain National Forest and the majority of the state’s 48 peaks that exceed 4,000 feet, this northern region of New Hampshire is an important part of the state’s hospitality and tourism industry. The region hosts top employers like Omni Mount Washington Resort and Loon Mountain, as well as New England’s most rugged section of the Appalachian Trail.
Noteworthy Towns: North Conway, Lincoln, Littleton
Great North Woods Region
Also known as North Country, this slice of New Hampshire borders Canada to the north, Maine to the east and the White Mountains to the south. While the region has fewer urban amenities than the southern tier of New Hampshire, opportunities are endless for manufacturing, outdoor and hospitality companies that benefit from wide open spaces. Proximity to nearby companies, such as Trividia Manufacturing Solutions, also preserves short commutes.
Noteworthy Cities and Towns: Berlin, Lancaster, Gorham, Colebrook, Whitefield