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A+ Nashua Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Nashua Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% higher than New Hampshire
12020% more expensive than the US average
New Hampshire
11818% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Nashua cost of living
A Nashua Crime Total crime is 4% lower than New Hampshire
Total crime
1,52145% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6645% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-13%Year over year crime is down
Nashua crime
C Nashua Employment Household income is 1% higher than New Hampshire
Median household income
$68,94425% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$33,89614% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%9% lower than the US average
Nashua employment
C Nashua Housing Home value is equal to New Hampshire
Median home value
$239,10029% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,15522% higher than the US average
Home ownership
55%13% lower than the US average
Nashua real estate or Nashua rentals
C- Nashua Schools HS graduation rate is 3% lower than New Hampshire
High school grad. rates
86%4% higher than the US average
School test scores
48%3% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:17% lower than the US average
Nashua K-12 schools or Nashua colleges

Living in Nashua, NH

Nashua, New Hampshire is a mid-sized city with a population of 87,279 residents. If we look at the most recent Census, Nashua is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Nashua might be a good fit as 74% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 62% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Whether you’re relocating to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Nashua could be a positive experience compared to other cities in New Hampshire if you know where to search. To help you find the best places to live in and around Nashua, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living and more.

The livability score in Nashua is 73 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 77th percentile of all cities across America. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Nashua has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and crime (A). There is at least one category that did not score well in Nashua. The following was graded with a disappointing score: cost of living (F) and weather (D-).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Nashua has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Skyventure New Hampshire, Greeley Park, and Mine Falls Park.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Nashua gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 170 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Nashua is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Nashua come in at $239,100, which is 0.3% lower than the New Hampshire average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Nashua, the home price to income ratio is 3.5, which is 0% lower than the New Hampshire average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Nashua were 6.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.4%.

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Trash removal awful, all night parties unchecked, parking awful, credit card #'s lifted and food poisoning and objects in food (piece of thin metal at Italian restaurant on Daniel Webster highway). Folks with a giant confederate flag in the back of a pick up going through the neighborhood. Nazi memorabilia in the consignment shops. My first 6 months. Unless you are white and over 65, this is every evil that you can imagine. The no taxes is completely false. These folks call them fees, they are taxes. Everything from car to home ownership is punished. It is literally a STATE of denial. Business friendly means no service, no means of remediation, little to no consequence for bad service. We hired from Massachusetts after horrible experience with nh contractors. I also dine out in Massachusetts. Save your money and go to southern New England. New Hampshire and Maine are gone, check back after the boomers kick it, about 20-25 years.
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Great Family Atmosphere: Nashua, NH

Twenty-five years ago, there were few good meals to be had in Nashua, New Hampshire. You were just far enough from Boston to feel isolated, and the nightlife was non-existent. Things have certainly changed. Nashua is the only city in the U.S. to have been twice named "The Best Place to Live in America" by Money Magazine, and it's no wonder. Crime is almost non-existent, the downtown has been beautifully renovated, and there are actually some good restaurants now! What's more, the population has shifted decisively in the direction of hip and modern, as Massachusetts transplants have come north in search of a better quality of life for themselves and their families. In 2009 Nashua was named one of America's "Best Places to Raise Your Kids" by Bloomberg's Businessweek.

Three of my favorite Nashua restaurants are Lui Lui on Daniel Webster Highway, Martha's on Main Street, and Chen Yang Li on Amherst Street. There is a beautiful park (Greeley Park) right downtown that features summer performances and art shows, and at Mine Falls Park you can boat in the summer and cross-country ski in the winter. Nashua offers great family atmosphere without being dull. The city of Nashua is definitely worth considering for your next vacation destination or for permanent relocation.
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Source: The Nashua, NH data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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