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Fun Facts about New Hampshire & Why It's Ranked 4th Best Place to Live

May 26, 2021 02:02PM ● By Virginia Dean
Known for its excellent quality of life, robust economy, and pristine wilderness, New Hampshire is ranked No. 4 on U.S. News and Report’s list of best states to live. With a population of just over one million (2019), the state has natural beauty in all seasons with easy access to ski mountains, hiking, the beach, and the lakes, all while staying within an hour from Boston. Crime rates are low, and no income or sales tax makes it a great place to live. As one of the original 13 colonies, the state has old-world charm and historic towns and cities dotting the breathtaking landscape. During the recent pandemic, the “Live Free or Die” state became home to thousands of new residents who have taken advantage of its ample job opportunities, exciting nightlife, and natural habitat. Some fun facts about the Granite State are:

  • The originator of Tupperware (Earl Tupper)
  • The popularization of the lowercase written word (thanks to poet E.E. Cummings)
  • Disney’s Oscar-winner “Frozen” song, Let It Go
  • Mary’s Little Lamb songwriter Sarah Josepha Hale
  • The first potato in North America
  • The nation’s first ski club and the birthplace of extreme skiing
  • The creation of fast food
  • The first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe
  • Famous comedians as Adam Sandler, Seth Meyers, and Sara Silverman
  • Pulitzer prize-winner Robert Frost
  • Baseball icon Jackie Robinson
  • Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy
  • Land conservationists
  • And even Velcro – to name just a few.

New Hampshire ranks high on the list as the best state to retire in the country in terms of taxes. Both social security and retirement incomes are tax-free. The picturesque landscape, abundant nature, excellent healthcare, and ability to spend time outdoors away from city life are other reasons many come to the state to retire. New Hampshire was the first state to declare its independence from England. It became the “live free or die” state six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed.

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