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Kingston is a small town in Southern New Hampshire. With three natural areas located within the city, Kingston offers active adults plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Retirees seeking a quiet, natural location that is just half an hour away from major cities like Manchester will be interested in what Kingston has to offer.
Climate & Geography
Located in a humid continental climate zone, the city experiences all four seasons with warm, humid summers and long, cold winters with regular precipitation throughout the year. As a result, residents can expect more rainfall and snowfall than the national average, as well as an above-average number of sunny days.
Kingston is situated on low-lying coastal land roughly 15 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Little River runs through Kingston, and Great Pond and Greenwood Pond are located within the city.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Kingston is a quieter town that is brimming with natural areas. Within the city limits, residents can visit Kingston State Park, Rock Rimmon Natural Forest, and Webster Natural Area. Some of the activities offered include hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, and boating. Those who appreciate the ocean air will want to visit Hampton Beach State Park, less than half an hour away from Kingston.
The Mall at Rockingham Park is roughly half an hour away from Kingston, offering easy access to an abundance of shopping opportunities when desired. Active adults can enjoy experiencing a bigger city in downtown Manchester, located just 28 miles away from Kingston. Boston is also a little over an hour away, which provides the perfect opportunity for a day trip or weekend getaway.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Kingston is higher than the national average, with the cost of homes and housing in Kingston have the biggest impact. Utility, transportation, and grocery costs are also above average, while health care costs are lower than average.
New Hampshire does not have a state income tax, meaning all forms of retirement income, including Social Security benefits, are exempt from taxes. However, property taxes are higher than average, though some residents may qualify for a property tax rebate depending on home value and income. Additionally there is no sales tax in the state.
The Manchester Area scores high on Gallup’s Well-Being Index, ranking in the top 28 communities in the country. New Hampshire ranks as the No. 11 state in the country.
There are no hospitals located in Kingston, however, the surrounding area has a number of options for locals to choose from. Exeter Hospital and Portsmouth Regional Hospital are located nearby. Portsmouth Regional Hospital ranks as high performing in hip replacement by U.S. News. Catholic Medical Center, located in Manchester, is ranked as the No. 3 hospital in New Hampshire, and is high performing in three procedures and conditions.