Concord has been rated one of the safest and best places to live, not only in New Hampshire, but in the country.
Concord and the Capital Region continue to build a reputation as a great place to visit as well as an excellent relocation destination for families and businesses. On the asset side, our community compares favorably with any other city of similar size in the northeast and beyond. The combination of New England small town charm with bigger city amenities has long been the “Concord advantage”, and many improvements over the past few decades have provided the necessary building blocks to brand Concord as a destination city.
Concord is typically ranked among the best places to live and work in the United States. For instance, WalletHub recently named Concord to be the safest capital city in the country, and the sixth capital city overall. In this report, all 50 state capitals were ranked according to economic well-being, affordability, quality of education and health and overall quality of life.
Our community is rich in cultural amenities. We are home to the largest indoor theater in New Hampshire (Capitol Center for the Arts’s Chubb Theatre), a destination downtown lined with restaurants and boutique shops, independent movie theater and bookstore, the historic (and accessible) State Capitol building, State Library and State Historical Society literally within a stone’s throw from one another. We have four live performance venues within a mile of one another in the downtown. Each distinct neighborhood in the city boasts a beautiful park with public swimming pools, tennis courts and ball fields. We enjoy outstanding outdoor amenities for kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing, with over 85 miles of trails and open spaces within the city limits.
There is a growing offering of exciting outdoor festivals. This weekend, residents and visitors will enjoy the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament at White Park in conjunction with Concord NH Winter Festival. In the summer, Market Days and the Multicultural Festival entertain and educate thousands with food, music, live performances and much more. In the fall, Capital Arts Fest brings juried craftsmen, music performances, dance, poetry, theater and interactive arts experiences to Main Street. Halloween Howl and Midnight Merriment bring out thousands of people and families in the fall and early winter. Weekly farmers markets and monthly arts markets throughout the summer and fall provide delightful weekend fun for residents and visitors alike.
Centrally located at the intersection of three interstate highways, Concord is less than one hour from pristine ocean beaches, crystal clear lakes and the mighty White Mountains. Boston is less than 90 minutes away. The list of assets goes on and on.
With all that the Capital Region has going for it, we are still one of the best kept secrets. The Chamber, Intown Concord and others work hard to promote the community, but there is room for improvement in terms of becoming more strategic, consistent and sustained in our marketing efforts. Exploring how to make this happen will be a Chamber priority going forward.
Incorporated in 1919, New Hampshire's state capital chamber of commerce—the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce—develops economic opportunities, strengthens the business climate and enhances quality of life in the Capital region.