Searching for a state that features pristine natural beauty and a fiercely independent attitude? Look no further than the small New England state of New Hampshire.
This state boasts great mountain skiing, beautiful lakes, densely wooded forests, and a small stretch of coastline. The state’s motto is “Live Free or Die”, a statement that reflects the bold, individualistic attitude of many of the state’s residents. New Hampshire is also known as the Granite State, due to the many rich mineral deposits that run through the state.
As of 2009, New Hampshire had a population of about 1.3 million people, making it one of the least populous states in the union. New Hampshire’s seacoast, while only 13 miles long, is home to some of the state’s best restaurants and historic sites. The entire state spans less than 9,400 square miles, with a portion of the northern part of the state covered by the White Mountain National Forest.
Also located in this portion of the state is Mount Washington, the highest point in the eastern United States. The summit can be reached by hiking, by car, or by the Cog Railway, a steep rack-and-pinion rail system. Mount Washington’s claim to fame for many years was that it was the site of the world’s wind speed record (231 MPH), a distinction that it held until January of 2010.
If you are planning a move to New Hampshire, here are some interesting facts to keep in mind:
- New Hampshire is one of the few states in the United States that does not charge sales tax, which can be a welcome change if you are considering a move from a state that does.
- If you are passionate about politics, New Hampshire is a great place to live during election season. New Hampshire hosts the first primary elections in the country, and many politicians take the time to thoroughly canvas the state.
- Famous New Hampshire residents have included Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown, poet Robert Frost, and President Franklin Pierce.
- New Hampshire’s state quarter features an image of “The Old Man of the Mountain”, a naturally occurring rock formation that looked like a man’s face in profile. Sadly, the Old Man tumbled down in 2003.
- Beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss attended Dartmouth College, New Hampshire’s only Ivy League college.
- The town of Peterborough was the inspiration for the fictional town of Grover’s Corners featured in the play “Our Town”.
Once you’ve moved to New Hampshire, you’ll no doubt be interested in finding some fun activities and cultural events. Here are some things that you and your family may enjoy:
- In the state’s capital of Concord, visitors can take in shows at the Capitol Center for the Arts, which frequently hosts performances by world-renowned singers, actors, and dance troupes.
- Just off the coast of New Hampshire are the Isles of Shoals, a series of windswept islands that are visited by curious tourists every summer. The islands are easily accessible by tourist crafts that leave from the city of Portsmouth.
- The northern part of the state is home to two kid-friendly amusement parks: Storyland and Santa’s Village.