Hampstead is a Southern New Hampshire town located in Rockingham County, southeast of Manchester. The town is located in a rural, densely wooded area where residents enjoy a close-knit community and a relaxed lifestyle.
Climate and Geography
Hampstead gets an average of 46 inches of rain, 54 inches of snow, and 199 sunny days per year. Summer temperatures can reach the mid-to-low 80s and winter temperatures may fall below 20 degrees. This is consistent with New Hampshire’s humid continental climate which consists of four different seasons including cold winters with frequent snowstorms.
Hampstead is located by the Merrimack River Watershed which drains into the Piscataqua River.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Top attractions in Hampstead include Sweet Baby Vineyard and the Yoga Room. Residents can visit the town beach at Wash Pond, join one of the many Hampstead Recreation programs, or explore the historic Main Street. The lakes in the area are popular summer destinations for travelers and locals alike.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Cost of living in Hampstead is higher than the state and national averages.
New Hampshire is very tax friendly for retirees. There is no sales tax, inheritance tax, estate tax, or income tax, which means there are no taxes on any form of retirement income, including Social Security benefits, pensions, and retirement savings accounts.
Property taxes, however, are some of the highest in the country. Some homeowners may qualify for property tax relief programs such as the elderly exemption program (for residents 65+) or the Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief Program
Nearby hospital rated high performing by U.S. News include Holy Family Hospital, Lawrence General Hospital, Catholic Medical Center, Lowell General Hospital, Portsmouth Regional Hospital. These hospitals are all less than an hour drive from Hampstead.