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Overview

Salem is a town with picturesque scenery and deep-rooted history. Located less than two hours from Boston, Salem is one of the largest cities in New Hampshire. The town is the perfect place for retirees looking for the perfect mix of rural and small town living.

Climate & Geography

Nestled in the northeastern region of the country, Salem residents experience distinct seasonal variation. Summers are warm and winters are very cold and there is twice as much snowfall as the national average. 

Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment 

Salem is home to one of the country’s oldest man-made constructions, America’s Stonehead, a mysterious 30-acre historic maze of stone structures that visitors can roam. 

Bien Soigne offers a luxurious spa experience with various packages, massages, and body treatments. The New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra performs a series of concerts at the Seifert Performing Art Center in Salem. 

For active adults who enjoy an adrenaline rush, Canobie Lake Park is an amusement park with rides, live shows, and events like SCREEEMFEST, a six-week event with terrifying haunted houses, games, musical performances.

Cost of Living & Taxes

Though the cost of living in Salem is higher than the national average, New Hampshire is considered one of the most friendly states for retirees’ taxes. Residents pay no taxes on Social Security benefits pensions or distribution from other retirement plans. 

New Hampshire is also one of the few states with no sales tax. 

Health Care

There are seven hospitals located within 10 miles of Salem. Lawrence General Hospital is considered high performing in cases of heart failure. Holy Family Hospital is high performing in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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