CITIES AND REGIONS
Comprised of seven unique regions, New Hampshire offers varied landscapes and activities within close proximity.
Winding up the Atlantic Ocean, New Hampshire’s Seacoast is home to both contemporary cities with historic roots and friendly communities. Portsmouth, the third oldest city in America and the region’s largest, is a major a hub of opportunity thanks to an influx of top employers like Bottomline Technologies, Lonza and Pease International Tradeport.
Major Cities and Towns: Portsmouth, Dover, Rochester, Hampton, Somersworth
Merrimack Valley Region
Sharing its southern border with Massachusetts, this vibrant region is home to 30 percent of the state’s population and New Hampshire’s three largest cities: Manchester, Nashua, and Concord. The region also boasts a thriving economy for job seekers, thanks to manufacturers like BAE Systems and GE Aviation, plus tech companies like Oracle.
Major Cities and Towns: Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Merrimack, Londonderry
Well-known for Mount Monadnock, this region is home to campus-centered communities and charming city and 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 and youthful vibe.
Major Cities and Towns: Keene, Peterborough
Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region
Bolstered by mountains, lake views and Dartmouth College, an Ivy-League institution, this region 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 visitors enjoy year-round recreation and beautiful landscapes.
Major Cities and Towns: Lebanon, Hanover, Claremont, Sunapee
New Hampshire’s Lakes Region is home to over 273 waterbodies, including Lake Winnipesaukee, the state’s largest lake and Wolfeboro, the oldest summer resort town in America. The region is a year-round tourism destination and a hub for innovative tech, manufacturing, and healthcare companies like Mainstay Technologies, Boyd Corp, and LRG Healthcare.
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 stunning region plays a major role in New Hampshire’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.
Major Towns: North Conway, Lincoln, Littleton
Great North Woods Region
This slice of New Hampshire borders Canada to the north, Maine to the east and the White Mountains to the south. While the region may have fewer urban amenities, opportunities are limitless for manufacturing, outdoor and hospitality companies that benefit from wide open spaces. Proximity to nearby companies, such as Trividia Manufacturing Solutions in Lancaster, also preserves short commutes.
Major Cities and Towns: Berlin, Lancaster, Gorham, Colebrook, Whitefield