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A+ Portsmouth Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Portsmouth Cost of Living Cost of living is 13% higher than New Hampshire
Portsmouth
13434% more expensive than the US average
New Hampshire
11818% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Portsmouth cost of living
A- Portsmouth Crime Total crime is 1% higher than New Hampshire
Total crime
1,59242% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6342% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-21%Year over year crime is down
Portsmouth crime
B Portsmouth Employment Household income is 2% higher than New Hampshire
Median household income
$69,66426% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$45,74553% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
2%51% lower than the US average
Portsmouth employment
C+ Portsmouth Housing Home value is 51% higher than New Hampshire
Median home value
$361,00095% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,15822% higher than the US average
Home ownership
52%19% lower than the US average
Portsmouth real estate or Portsmouth rentals
A+ Portsmouth Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than New Hampshire
High school grad. rates
93%13% higher than the US average
School test scores
67%37% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:118% lower than the US average
Portsmouth K-12 schools or Portsmouth colleges

Living in Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth is a medium-sized city located in the state of New Hampshire. The city has a population of 21,458 inhabitants. The majority of Portsmouth residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 80% of the population considered married and 62% with kids under the age of 18, Portsmouth could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Whether you’re relocating to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, weather, employment and more.

Portsmouth, NH receives 78/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #3 in New Hampshire and #3,019 in the USA. Clearly, Portsmouth is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Portsmouth ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A-), education (A+) and employment (B). There are some categories that Portsmouth scores poorly for, including: cost of living (F) and weather (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to determine why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Portsmouth, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Portsmouth: Strawbery Banke Museum, Water Country, and Prescott Park.

Knowing that the Portsmouth schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 67%, which is far higher 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 Portsmouth is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Portsmouth come in at $361,000, which is 50.6% higher than the New Hampshire average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Portsmouth, the home price to income ratio is 5.2, which is 48.6% higher than the New Hampshire average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Portsmouth will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Portsmouth, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 12%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.1%.

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Compare Portsmouth, NH Livability To Other Cities

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Derry, NH7630.322,392
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Londonderry, NH7532.711,049

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What a town! If you haven’t been to our lovely city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, let me be the first to welcome you to this beautiful gem. Located in the gorgeous New England region of Northeastern United States, this small city offers its residents and visitors many opportunities for adventure, excitement, shopping, and entertainment. As a Portsmouth resident, I often find myself eating out at many of the top-notch restaurants or enjoying a craft beer on tap at a local bar or brewery.

As an individual who enjoys an exploratory lifestyle, I personally frequent many of the town’s attractions and I recommend that anyone looking to experience Portsmouth, do the same. One of best areas in Portsmouth that I often pay a visit to is the Strawbery Banke Museum. This indoor-outdoor museum depicts early life in our small New England town from the 1600s until the latter half of the 20th century.

Living in Portsmouth, I often find myself venturing to the outdoors when the weather is nice! Prescott Park has beautiful landscapes, offering scenic views and plenty of space to spend an afternoon.
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Source: The Portsmouth, NH data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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