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New Hampshire -The Granite State

New Hampshire is situated in the New England area of the United States. The state is bordered by Canada, Maine, the Atlantic Ocean, Massachusetts, and Vermont. When in New Hampshire, one can look forward to warm-humid summers and a cold-wet winter season. The state experiences an overall humid continental climate.

The state has an estimated population of about 1.38 million. Concord is the capital city of the state whereas Manchester is the largest city here. The original inhabitants of New Hampshire were Native American tribes such as the Abenaki, Winnipesaukee, Pigwacket, Sokoki, Cowasuck, and the Pennacook. New Hampshire received its statehood on June 21, 1788, making it the 9th state of America. New Hampshire is popularly known to be one of the safest states in the United States of America.

Major Cities in New Hampshire


Manchester is the largest city in the state of New Hampshire with a population of around 116,000. The city is located in Hillsborough County and is often called 'Queen City', 'Manch Vegas'. It was founded in 1722 and was later established as a city in 1846. The University of New Hampshire at Manchester, and Mount Washington College are popular institutions situated here. The city is home to many major attractions such as The Currier Museum of Art, Zimmerman House, Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, Studio 550 Art Center, Massabesic Lake, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and more.


With an estimated population of 92,000, Nashua is the second-biggest city in the state of New Hampshire. Located in Hillsborough County, the city is popularly known as one of the most livable cities in the United States. Originally known as Dunstable, it was renamed Nashua after the River Nashua, and was later established as a city in 1853. The city is also a major commercial center. Popular educational institutions such as Daniel Webster College and Rivier University are located in this city. Popular tourist attractions include Mine Falls Park, Greeley Park, Millyard Brewery, The Reflection Garden & Labyrinth, and so on.


Concord has an estimated population of around 44,000 and is the third-biggest city in the state of New Hampshire. It is also the capital city of New Hampshire and is located in Merrimack County. It was originally known as Rumford and was later renamed Concord by Governor Benning Wentworth. It was founded in 1659 and was established as a city in the year 1733. The University of New Hampshire-School of Law is situated in this city. The New Hampshire Historical Society, New Hampshire State House, Carter Hill Orchard, Capitol Center for the Arts, Dimond Hill Farm, and so on, are some of the popular sites in this city.


Derry is the fourth largest city in New Hampshire with an estimated population of around 35,000. The city is a major economic epicenter and is known for its flourishing service industry. Alan Bartlett Shepard, an American astronaut, who became the second man and the first American to travel into space in 1961, was born in this city. Because of this Derry is also popularly called 'Spacetown'. Derry was first settled in 1719 and was later established as a city in 1827. Robert Frost Farm State Historic Site, Appolo Vineyards, Canobie Lake, Windham Rail Trail, are some of the popular places in the city.

Economy/Job Market

Tuition Fee and Living Cost in New Hampshire

The cost of living in the state of New Hampshire is a lot higher than the national average. Housing costs are expensive followed by utility costs when compared to the national average. However, the cost of transportation, and healthcare services is much lower than the national average. Durham, Newmarket, Manchester, Portsmouth, and Nashua are the most expensive cities in the state. Some of the most affordable cities here are Somersworth, Newport, Franklin, and Rochester. The cost of education can range from affordable to expensive based on the standard or quality of the institution. For example, the tuition fee charged in Dartmouth College (Hanover) is around $61,000, which is higher than the national average tuition in private institutions.

List of Few Major Universities/Colleges

Some of the best universities/colleges in the state of New Hampshire are:

Scholarships/Financial Aid for Students


New Hampshire, apart from being known as the 'Granite State', has numerous nicknames solely to describe the beauty of the state. It is called the Mother of Rivers for the rivers that come from the Mountains like the Connecticut River, the Pemigewasset River, the Merrimack River, the Androscoggin River, and the Saco River. It is also known as the White Mountain State for the White Mountain Range, and Switzerland of America to describe the natural beauty of the state. Some of the most fascinating tourist attractions in New Hampshire that attract numerous tourists from all over the country and the world are The Flume Gorge and Franconia Notch, Mount Washington Auto Road, Conway Scenic Railroad, Hampton Beach, White Mountain National Forest, Mt. Monadnock, Lake Winnipesaukee, and a lot more. Fall is the ideal season to visit the state to fully enjoy the colors of foliage.

Universities & Colleges in New Hampshire

University (city) Total StudentsUG (in) / UG (out)G (in) / G (out)
Dartmouth College (Hanover) 7081$60636 / $60636$58545 / $58545
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus (Durham) 16673$19863 / $37636$17772 / $31363
University of New Hampshire at Manchester (Manchester) 1452$16727 / $34499$15681 / $16727
Franklin Pierce University (Rindge) 2522$41817 / $41817$18818 / $18818
Keene State College (Keene) 3896$15681 / $25090$12545 / $13590
Plymouth State University (Plymouth) 5868$15681 / $25090$11499 / $15681
University of New Hampshire-School of Law (Concord) 253$N/A / $N/A$39727 / $43908
Mount Washington College (Manchester) 751$10454 / $10454$N/A / $N/A
Antioch University-New England (Keene) 731$N/A / $N/A$24045 / $24045
Colby-Sawyer College (New London) 1228$40772 / $40772$N/A / $N/A
Daniel Webster College (Nashua) 741$16727 / $16727$24045 / $24045
Northeast Catholic College (Warner) 36$22999 / $22999$N/A / $N/A
Rivier University (Nashua) 2791$35545 / $35545$12545 / $12545
New England College (Henniker) 4545$27181 / $27181$15681 / $15681
Saint Anselm College (Manchester) 1927$39727 / $39727$N/A / $N/A
Granite State College (Concord) 2179$8363 / $9409$9409 / $9409
New Hampshire Institute of Art (Manchester) 452$26136 / $26136$16727 / $16727
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (Merrimack) 87$21954 / $21954$N/A / $N/A
Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester) 61285$32408 / $32408$19863 / $19863

*UG - Undergraduate
*G - Graduate
*in - In-state Fees
*out - Out-of-State Fees
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