New Hampshire captures the best of New England with its scenic beauty, quality of life, and small town charm. Known for friendly people, and endless recreation, the Granite State has so much to offer active adults with a passion for healthy living. Newsmax named Enfield, Portsmouth, Concord, and Manchester the most popular cities in New Hampshire to retire, and 74 active lifestyle, and 55+ communities make this a haven for retirees. Health nuts, to snowbirds, New Hampshire offers a way of life unlike any other.
Bordered by Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and the Atlantic coastline, New Hampshire’s regions are made up of the Coastal Lowlands, White Mountains, and Eastern New England Uplands. According to USA Today, New Hampshire’s mountains offer some of the best hiking in New England with Pitcher Mountain Trail, and Presidential Traverse providing amazing views. Summers are hot, and humid with long, snowy winters that resemble a scene straight out of Currier & Ives. September through October brings a vibrant display of fall foliage in shades of red, and gold so spectacular that visitors make the journey just to see the show.
Not only does New Hampshire have a reputation for friendly people, and a low crime rate, but no income or sales tax makes it an attractive destination for baby boomers, and retirees. Overall cost of living is higher than the national average according to Sperling’s Best Places, with property taxes being the third highest in the country. Despite the higher price point, purchasing a retirement home in New Hampshire is feasible with affordable 55+ communities such as Black Rocks Village in Freemont, offering a low maintenance lifestyle with homes in the high-$100’s to mid-200’s. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, and NBC News listed New Hampshire as having one the lowest unemployment rates in the country, with higher than average salaries, good news for baby boomers still climbing the corporate ladder.
New Hampshire is an east coast charmer that boasts some of the most sought after destinations with walkable historic towns, stunning coastline, and incredible mountain views. The lively seaside town of Portsmouth is steeped in culture, and class where modern meets historic intrigue with old architecture, unique shopping, theater, and culinary delights. Hiking the White Mountain Trail, biking, or enjoying a leisurely stroll, active adults will find unmatched outdoor sights such as waterfalls, wildflowers, and 13 miles of oceanfront recreation. New Hampshire's capital of Concord was home to president Franklin Pierce, and for some quirky trivia, is where the bane of our morning routine the alarm clock was invented in 1787. For a night on the town, visit the Capitol Center for the Arts, and sample local spirits, and ales in one of Concords many brew pubs. Manchester is northern New England's largest city providing a vibrant urban playground for visitors, and 55+ residents alike. Visit the thought provoking Currier Museum of Art, the historic St. Joseph's Cathedral, and enjoy tax free retail therapy at the sprawling mall of New Hampshire. For an idyllic retirement lifestyle with a splash of adventure, this east coast gem won't disappoint.
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