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6. Hanover, NH
Hanover
Dartmouth was founded before the Revolutionary War
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Top 100 rank: 6
Population: 8,600
Unemployment: 4.4%*
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Dartmouth College, located in this hamlet near the White Mountains, gives Hanover an economic, social, and cultural advantage rare in towns so far from major urban centers. Unemployment in town is less than 3%, about half the statewide average (Dartmouth and its top-rated medical center provide over 12,000 jobs). Graduate programs spin out entrepreneurial start-ups in almost every industry. Housing--which ranges from century-old Victorians to new construction--isnít cheap, however. And students account for some fraternity-style rowdiness. --P.N.
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Hanover stats
  City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$120,957 $99,975
Job growth %
(2000-2010)*
-3.71% 24.63%
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Median home price $355,0001 $265,929
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Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
27.4% 25.1%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
28.7% 24.7%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 23 16
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
148 2,758
High temp in July ° F 82.9° 84.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F 8.7° 20.9°
Median age 23.2 36.35
Financial City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$120,957 $99,975
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$103,648 $95,706
State sales tax N.A. 5.75%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
N.A. 7.37%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
N.A. 3.13%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average price quotes, for the state)
$1,477 $1,687
Job growth %
(2000-2010)*
-3.71% 24.63%
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Housing
Median home price $355,0001 $265,929
Average property taxes N.A. $4,083
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Education
Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
4 28
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
27.4% 25.1%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
28.7% 24.7%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
100.0/0.0 92.1/7.9
Quality of life
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
95.0% 78.5%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 23 16
Median commute time (in minutes) 9.4 23.3
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
3.1% 15.4%
% population walk or bike to work 51.5% 2.6%
Leisure and culture
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
4 30
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
148 2,758
Bars
(within 15 miles)
5 208
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
27 165
Libraries
(within 15 miles)
27 74
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
2 10
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) 62 16
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.5 1.2
Weather
Annual rainfall
(inches)
38.69 39.07
% clear days in the area 25 27
High temp in July ° F 82.9° 84.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F 8.7° 20.9°
Median age 23.2 36.35
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
90.5% 74.5%
Married % 23.0% 61.5%
Divorced % 4.8% 7.6%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
72.1 71.0
From the September 2011 issue
Notes: *County data
(1) Median based on fewer than 100 home sales in the area.
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