You’ve seen them, the lists that rank states on issues like health, education, crime, and economy. It’s no surprise to us that New Hampshire consistently falls among the best in the country. That’s because the quality of life in our state is surpassed by few others. Surveys and data support our somewhat biased opinion that there’s no better place to live. Need proof? A 2017 U.S. News & World Report analysis breaks it down.
Starting with that first indicator we mentioned, Granite Staters are healthy. The lifestyles we choose to follow, which often include outdoor exercise on our beautiful hiking trails and ski slopes, lead to fewer chronic illnesses. In general, New Hampshire’s obesity, smoking, and mortality rates are low. We also have access to world class doctors and medical care at some of the best hospitals in the region.
When it comes to education, our high school graduation rate tops 88%, and we offer access to quality higher education opportunities. On crime, New Hampshire’s overall public safety rank is at number 3, reflecting both low property and violent crimes rates.
New Hampshire has the lowest unemployment rate in the country, at under 3%, while companies and industry clamor to open for business in our state. New Hampshire residents boast one of the highest median household incomes. The economy is boosted by the four-season tourism industry — visitors love our lakes, beaches, mountains, foliage, and tax-free shopping!
Analysts consider all of these factors and more when determining a state’s national rank. U.S. News & World Report placed New Hampshire at number 2.