Median home price (2006): $428,329*
Average property taxes (N/A): N/A
Pros: Rich cultural and community opportunities; diversity
Cons: Winter isn't for wimps.
Hanover is more an international city than a pastoral hideaway. About 20% of residents are nonwhite, and more than two dozen nationalities are represented. A teaching hospital, environmental engineering and mid-size technology firms and Dartmouth College all attract the cosmopolitan crowd. Add a downtown dotted with shops and restaurants, throw in a myriad of year-round activities, and it's easy to see why people love it here.
But Hanover has drawbacks: It's out of the way - two hours from Boston and 90 minutes from Manchester, N.H. - and homes close to town can be pricey. If you can't stand winter, you won't like Hanover. But if you're the adventurous sort, the skiing and skating are great.
Hanover, N.H.: A mountain paradise
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