New Hampshire 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

15 Communities in New Hampshire

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Those looking to purchase a home in an active adult community in the northeast should seriously consider all that New Hampshire has to offer. The 9th of the 50 United States, New Hampshire is known for its rich history, beautiful fall foliage, and low taxes. Residents of the state also enjoy great outdoor recreation with some of the best hiking trails and skiable mountains in the northeast.

Climate & Geography

New Hampshire experiences a humid continental climate. Summers here are hot and humid with cold and snowy winters. Average snowfall ranges from 60 to 100 inches during the winter months, depending on location. Most of the state averages less than 20 days of thunderstorms per year with an average of two tornados statewide. With 18 miles of coastline, tropic storms sometimes reach New Hampshire however usually dissipate by the time they reach land.

Bordered by Quebec, Canada to the north, Maine and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Massachusetts to the south, and Vermont to the west, New Hampshire consists of 9,304 square miles. The White Mountains span the central-northern part of the state while the southern regions are mostly rolling countryside and dense hardwoods. Less than 5% of the state s population lives in the northern region of the state with the majority of people living in the larger southern cities. Most of New Hampshire s active adult communities are located in the southern area.

Recreation, Culture & Entertainment

New Hampshire has a strong history with many major events in America s history happening here. One of original thirteen states to fight the British during the American Revolution, Hew Hampshire is the 5th smallest state in the country. The site of the presidential primaries, many consider it to be the testing ground for presidential nominees. It is also known for its numerous educational institutions offering continuing education to active adults. Most of the active adult communities in New Hampshire are located in the Manchester area.

The capital city is Concord while the largest in the state is Manchester. CNNMoney ranked Manchester in the top 15 best cities to live and launch a business in and was also called the second most tax-friendly city in the United States by Kipllinger. Some of the more notable attractions in Manchester are the Palace Theater, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Coliseum, and the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Another thing active adults enjoy about New Hampshire is the endless amount of outdoor recreation available all year. During the summer months many people enjoy hiking the 100 miles of trails in the White Mountain National Forest, camping at one of the many state parks or sailing up and down the Atlantic coastline. During the winter some of the best downhill and cross-country skiing in the northeast is available along with snowmobiling and snowshoeing. There are numerous outdoor activities for active adults to enjoy.

Cost of Living & Taxes

Cost of living in New Hampshire is slightly above the national average. Personal income tax is the 32nd highest in the country. There is no sales tax making New Hampshire taxes slightly lower than the national average. With no broad-based tax system property taxes are among the highest in the country. The median price of a single-family home in the state is $220,000.


Active adults concerned about medical services in New Hampshire should be relieved knowing there are 298 active physicians per 100,000 residents. Two hospitals in the state meet the national standards of strong performance. The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the only educational medical center in the state and is also the only level-one trauma center. With over 30 hospitals and numerous specialized medical centers active adults are never too far from the medical attention they may need.