Concord has been rated one of the safest and best places to live, not only in New Hampshire, but in the country.
The capital city of Concord offers businesses and families everything desired for a thriving community—revitalized downtown, excellent business opportunities, education, a leading hospital and more. Learn more about these great assets to New Hampshire's capital city:
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Situated on the Merrimack River in south central New Hampshire, Concord is the seat of Merrimack County as well as the state capital. Concord is 42 miles from New Hampshire's southern boundary and 135 miles from the northern boundary. Conveniently located, Concord is 18 miles north of the state's largest city, Manchester, and 70 miles north of Boston.
City of Concord - 64.1 square miles
Population – 43,019
Time Zone – Eastern
Area Code – 603
Average Temperature in January (coldest month) – 22 degrees F
Average Temperature in July (warmest month) – 70 degrees F
Average Annual Temperature – 46.3 degrees F
Average Annual Precipitation – 44 inches
Average Annual Snowfall – 62 inches
Elevation (at the State House) – 288 feet
Average home price - $275K
In January 2022, Concord, New Hampshire was named #6 in the list of best US capital cities! WalletHub's recent analysis also shared that Concord's crime rate is the lowest in the nation for a capital city. Learn more.
Watch the video below to see why Tim decided to live, work and raise a family in New Hampshire's capital city.
With an area of 9,304 square miles, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, and the Canadian province of Quebec and the Atlantic Ocean border New Hampshire. The ninth of the original 13 states to ratify the Constitution, New Hampshire entered statehood on June 21, 1788. The state's highest point is Mt. Washington in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains at 6,288 feet; the lowest point is sea level. Nicknamed the Granite State, New Hampshire's state bird is the purple finch, the state flower is the purple lilac, the state tree is the white birch and the state fruit is the pumpkin. New Hampshire has hosted the First in the Nation presidential primary for more than a century.
With more than 800 health care professionals and state-of-the-art facilities, Concord's thriving medical community provides residents with first-class care. The region offers several types of hospitals and a growing number of outpatient clinics, in-home, clinical and outreach services. Cutting-edge treatments ensure that residents receive the quality of service they deserve, and a growing number of alternative medicine practitioners serves and increased demand for natural healing options.
250 Pleasant Street, 225-2711
Concord Hospital is a nationally accredited health system providing comprehensive acute-care services, primary and specialty care, together with health and wellness programs to residents throughout New Hampshire. As a regional health resource for specialized care, the hospital provides comprehensive diagnostics, sophisticated treatment and support for more than 40 medical specialties and offers the very latest medical and informational technology. Concord Hospital is a not-for-profit charitable organization which invested more than $51.5 million in community benefit programs and services in 2017.
Main Facility (primary and specialty care): 253 Pleasant Street (603) 226-2200
Primary Care: 2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 401 (603) 224-7575
Quality Orthopaedic Care: 246 Pleasant Street—Memorial Building Suite 106 (603) 224-1223
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord is a multi-specialty, community group practice providing primary and specialty care to people of all ages, from infants to seniors. Patients can see their primary care provider, have lab work done and X-rays taken, or schedule an appointment with a specialist. A full-service approach to healthcare, backed by the resources of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire’s only teaching and specialty care hospital, makes Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord your comprehensive resource for injuries, illness and everyday healthcare.
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Concord is home to many private, parochial and secondary schools. Post-secondary offerings in the Capital region include NHTI-Concord’s Community College (part of the Community College System of NH), New England College, Granite State College , Southern NH University, UNH Manchester and UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law in Concord which has an enviable reputation for excellence—the institution continuously ranks as one of the top five intellectual property law schools in the country according to U.S. News and World Report's annual assessment.
You can learn more about the Concord School District at www.concordnhschools.net or contact any of the surrounding communities at their websites listed below.
According to the College Board, New Hampshire has 44,072 students enrolled in colleges and universities. For information and statistics about education in New Hampshire, visit www.education.nh.gov
New Hampshire received the nation's top ranking (A-) from Education Week in its 2018 Chance-for-Success rankings.
US News and World Report ranked New Hampshire second best for Pre-K – 12 and fourth for education overall in the United States.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a nonprofit group focused on improving the well-being of American children, ranked New Hampshire the best state in which to raise a child.
A sampling of public and private schools in the Capital region:
Allenstown School District (SAU 53)
Bow School District (SAU 67)
Chichester School District (SAU 53)
Concord School District (SAU 8)
Epsom Regional School District (SAU 53)
Henniker School District (SAU 24)
Hopkinton School District (SAU 66)
Merrimack Valley School District (SAU 46)
Pembroke Regional School District (SAU 53)
Pittsfield and Barnstead School District (SAU 51)
Shaker Regional School District (SAU 80)
Beech Hill School (6-8)
Bishop Brady High School (9-12)
Concord Christian Academy (P-12)
The Derryfield School (6-12)
Parker Education (9-12)
Sant Bani School (P-8)
Shaker Road School (P-8)
St. John Regional School (K-8)
St. Paul's School (9-12)
For information about educational opportunities for veterans, please click here .
The Capital Region offers you enough things to do and see that you could easily spend a lifetime here. Skiing, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife, canoeing, historic sites, walking tours, farms, orchards, golf, youth activities and four beautiful seasons are part of the many features that enhance the quality of life in the area. The Merrimack River offers abundant opportunities for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Beaches and paths along the river provide a beautiful landscape for cyclists, skiers, joggers and dog walkers.
Concord’s public trail system includes 26 trails for exploring natural areas, and naturalists of all ages can enjoy hundreds of acres of protected wildlife and pocket-sized community parks. The city boasts 21 parks and seven community pools for residents to enjoy during warm summer months. Three community centers offer both residents and non-residents year-round recreational opportunities. Whether you're interested in a pick-up game of pickleball, after work sports leagues or learning a new skill or language, Concord has the facilities and classes to get you out of the house and into something fun! You can also rent these spaces out for your next event or meeting.
And for the very latest buzz on things happening in and around Concord, check out our dedicated blog site Visit Concord-NH for insider tips from those who know and love the capital city.
The cost of living in New Hampshire is one of the lowest in New England, and New Hampshire has no sales or state income tax. For information on Concord-area real estate agencies that handle sales of existing and new homes, land and rentals, call the Capitol Region Board of Realtors at (603) 225-5052, the NH Association of Realtors at (603) 225-5549, or click on one of the following links for a listing of real estate professionals in the greater Concord area.
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The constitution of 1784 provides for the governor to serve a two-year term. The state has the largest legislature in the country, and is represented in the U.S. Congress by two senators and two representatives who each have an electoral vote.
As the state capital and county seat for Merrimack County, Concord is headquarters to numerous state, county, local and federal agencies and also home to a number of major law firms and professional organizations that work with government.
Every four years the city springs to national attention during the presidential primary and is always cranking into high gear in anticipation of the next primary. Presidential hopefuls descend upon Concord and surrounding areas to court residents in the hopes of garnering a victory in the prestigious First in the Nation New Hampshire Primary. With the exception of 1992 and 2008, no presidential candidate has gone on to win the presidency without first winning our state primary.
Most New Hampshire towns still adhere to the traditional selectmen form of government, and each spring residents gather at annual Town Meetings to discuss and vote on the town budget and other municipal issues.
Governor’s Office, 271-2121
State House Switchboard, 271-1110
Legislative Office Building – Lobby, 271-3321
President’s Office, 271-2111
Senate Majority Leader, Jeb Bradley (R) 271-2106
Clerk’s Office, 271-3420
Sergeant at Arms, 271-3315
Speaker’s Office, 271-3661
House Majority Leader, Stephen Shurtleff (D), 271-3529
Clerk’s Office, 271-2548
Sergeant at Arms, 271-3315
Administrative Services (Dept. of) 271-3201
Air Resources Agency, 271-1370
Attorney General’s Office, 271-3655
Banking Department, 271-3561
Business Finance Authority, 415-0190
Cultural Affairs (Dept. of), 271-2540
Development Disabilities Council, 271-3236
Economic Development (Division of), 271-2341
Education (Dept. of), 271-3494
Emergency Management (Office of), 271-2231
Employment Security (Dept. of), 228-4000
Environmental Services, (Dept. of), 271-3503
Forests and Lands (Division of), 271-2214
Health and Human Services (Dept. of), 271-4331
Highway Safety Agency, 271-2131
Human Rights Commission, 271-2767
Judicial Council, 271-3592
Labor (Dept. of), 271-3176
Legislative Budget Assistant, 271-2389
Legislative Services, 271-3432
Liquor Commission, 271-3134
Port Authority, 436-8500
Postsecondary Education Commission, 271-2555
Postsecondary Technical Education (Dept. of), 271-2722
Public Utilities Commission, 271-2431
Public Works and Highways (Dept of), 271-3516
Real Estate Commission, 271-2701
Resources/ Economic Development (Dept. of), 271-2411
Revenue Administration (Dept. of), 271-2191
Safety (Dept. of), 271-2791
Secretary of State, 271-3242
Transportation (Dept. of), 271-3734
Travel & Tourism Development (Office of), 271-2665
Water Resources Board, 271-3406
Water Supply/Pollution Control Commission, 271-3503
Our wonderful downtown is full of historic Main Street charm and serves as a cultural hub of the state. We encourage you to enjoy our shops and restaurants, see a film, concert or play, and tour our historic buildings where you'll learn about Concord’s storied past.
New Hampshire's state capital is a pedestrian friendly-place that feels more like a town than a city at times. "Concord's Main Street really is New Hampshire's Main Street," said U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. "Concord is the civic heart of the Granite State."
A desirable place to work, shop, dine and live, Concord is home to a variety of businesses, state agencies and nonprofits that take full advantage of local opportunities for doing business, hosting events and social gatherings, and attending cultural experiences.
Concord attracts people from all over New England, the country and the world, with many cultures represented in the fabric of the community. The city celebrates the growing international population each year during Concord's Multicultural Festival.
For more information about city services, our community and doing business in the capital area, please visit the City of Concord website at www.concordnh.gov.
While each town surrounding Concord is distinctly different from its neighbors, all share a rural Yankee flavor. There is much for residents, employers and visitors to treasure and enjoy about the community spirit, low crime rate, quiet lifestyle, picturesque countryside, and grassroots government characteristic of the area. Antiques, skiing, hiking, wildlife, canoeing, arts, crafts, farms, orchards, golf, country fairs, community suppers, churches, old-fashioned general stores, quality schools, state-of-the-art health care, youth activities and four beautiful seasons are just some of the many features that enhance the quality of life in the area.
Up Close: Facts and Figures about Concord, New Hampshire and surrounding towns. Click the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the page for a two-page/spread view.
Just minutes away, Allenstown combines a rural feel with many conveniences typically found in larger cities. While many of the town’s residents work in Concord and Manchester, Allenstown offers sound employment opportunities as well. The town has a public library, several churches of various denominations, the New Hampshire Snowmobile Museum, a municipal park and tennis courts. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Bear Brook State Park, offering cross-country skiing, swimming, snowmobiling, camping and more. www.allenstown.org
Named in 1760 for British Navy Admiral Edward Boscawen, this mainly residential community is home to the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, one of 43 state veterans cemeteries in the United States. While there are job opportunities in town, most residents commute to Concord. Major area employers include Elektrisola, Page Belting and Ross Express. The Jamie Welch Memorial Park features tennis courts, ball fields, picnic areas and a playground, and a boat ramp offers access to the Merrimack River. Residents can participate in many civic groups including the Lions Club, police and fire auxiliaries, Boosters Club, Snowmobile Club and Boy and Girl Scouts. www.townofboscawen.org
Incorporated in 1727, Bow is a vibrant community and among the fastest growing in Merrimack County. Its excellent schools and recreational facilities include five multipurpose fields, an extensive trail system, playgrounds, an active community center and popular sliding hill, outdoor tennis courts, indoor sports center with soccer fields, and an outdoor skating rink. Bow has an active heritage commission, garden club, Rotary, snowmobile club and Boy and Girl Scouts. Major employers include The Grappone Companies, Blue Seal Feeds and Bovie Screen Process Company, Inc. Public Service Company of New Hampshire is the largest taxpayer, due to its Merrimack Station coal-fired electric generating facility. www.bow-nh.com
Located in the beautiful Lake Sunapee Region, Bradford offers a wealth of opportunities for outdoor pursuits, including several lakes for swimming, boating and fishing, and downhill skiing at Mount Sunapee Resort in nearby Newbury. Nature trails offer cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. Take a walk through the trails that weave through the 200-year-old Tall Pines of Bradford or stroll across the historic Bement Bridge, an 1850s covered bridge that spans the Warner River. Rest and relax after a busy day outdoors at one of Bradford’s several quaint inns and restaurants. The town’s thriving artisan community includes writers, painters and furniture makers, and is located squarely between Concord, Manchester, Keene and Lebanon, all of which offer strong job markets. www.bradfordnh.org
Incorporated in 1727, Canterbury’s planning and zoning regulations preserve rolling fields and forested land, the beautiful setting for Canterbury Shaker Village, a living tribute to more than 200 years of the Shakers’ gentle way of life. The town center is also replete with New England tradition from the bandstand to the white Colonial homes. Golfers will enjoy Canterbury Woods Country Club, an 18-hole, public golf course, an alpaca farm, an orchard and a nano-brewery. Canterbury Artisans have something for every eye and every taste (more info here). Experience 200 plus years of collective craft expertise in furniture making, woodworking, pottery, rug braiding, quilt making, photography, basketry and hand-crafted guitars. www.canterbury-nh.org
Chichester is a traditional rural town affording residents an easy five minute commute to Concord and easy routes to Hooksett or Manchester. In addition to Boy Scouts and a historical society, the town has an active recreation commission and every August gets newcomers and old-timers alike together for some fun on Old Home Day. Major employers include The Weathervane Seafood Restaurant, Camping World RV Sales and Clarks Grain Store. www.chichesternh.org
Historic Dunbarton is the very center, ( 43.117199 latitude, 71.593498 longitude), of the six New England States. Incorporated in 1765, Dunbarton is a residential community, rich in conservation land, ponds, hiking trials and 8.7 miles of the General John Stark (Father of our State Motto, Live Free or Die), Scenic Byway. Dunbarton celebrates Old Home Day and still holds Traditional Town Meetings on the second Tuesday in March. www.dunbartonnh.org
Incorporated in 1743, Epsom is a growing residential and commercial community with close proximity to Concord and an atmosphere that is both suburban and rural. The historic home of Captain Andrew McClary, who died while leading his troops at Bunker Hill during the American Revolution, still stands in the town. In addition to the Old Home Day festival each August and an old-time variety show each autumn, the town sponsors an active athletic association at the local school. Major employers include Epsom Healthcare Center and Beaumac Company, Inc. www.epsomnh.org/
Incorporated in 1768, Henniker prides itself on being “The Only Henniker on Earth.” Home to New England College, Henniker is rich in the arts and cultural activities. Quaint shops, antiques, bookstores, country inns and many restaurants add to the charm. A small college town and residential community, Henniker has a well-respected school system and a full array of small businesses, as well as an active conservation committee, historical society, and athletics program. Located on the Contoocook River, the area attracts whitewater, kayak and canoe enthusiasts from around the country. Henniker also offers many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, including trails, fishing and boating access, ice-skating and tennis courts, and downhill skiing at Pats Peak Ski Area in the winter. www.henniker.org
Incorporated in 1735, Hopkinton’s Main Street is lined with lovely Colonial homes and a traditional town hall which once served as the state Capitol. The town’s business center, Contoocook, is home to the oldest surviving covered railroad bridge in the world, a restored railroad station and bandstand, and the home of Civil War hero, Commodore George Hamilton Perkins. There are many athletic fields, a large town library and the Slusser Senior Center. The Contoocook River provides opportunities for water sports, and nearby Georges Park offers baseball, softball, basketball and tennis, and a skateboard park. The town hosts the Hopkinton State Fair each September featuring rides, music, animals and a demolition derby. Hopkinton’s major employers include TDS Telecom, YBP Library Services, Milton CAT, Hopkinton School District and McLane Company-NE/Concord. www.hopkinton-nh.gov
Named for Scot soldier John Campbell, the fourth Earl of Loudon, the town was chartered in 1773 when it separated from Canterbury. Located 8 miles northeast of Concord, Loudon is best known today as the home of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the only super speedway in New England. Loudon also has a private campground, a Little League diamond, a town beach and summer programs for area children. Major employers include the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Pleasant View Gardens, D.S. Cole Growers, Plan Tech, Inc. and Interstate Concrete Co., Inc. www.loudonnh.org
Chartered in 1759, Pembroke was an industrial center for much of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Suncook and Soucook rivers flow through the town, attracting outdoor enthusiasts for fishing, kayaking, and sculling. Trails and natural areas offer hiking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Pembroke is also home to the Pembroke Pines Country Club. Over the last decade, Pembroke has seen tremendous commercial, industrial and residential growth but has retained its country charm with annual events such as Old Home Day and Christmas in the Village. Major employers include the Associated Grocers of New England, A&B Lumber, National Power Sports and Rymes Propane & Oil. www.pembroke-nh.com
Located in the heart of Suncook Valley, Pittsfield’s origins stem from the textile manufacturing industry. Pittsfield continues to boast of Globe Manufacturing, a major employer that enjoys international markets. The town’s business community is blended with many registered historical sites and walking trails, rich with activities such as Winterfest, a Christmas tree lighting and Old Home Day. The local Rotary Club sponsors a yearly hot-air balloon rally that is one of the pinnacle events of the area. The town has an active baseball and soccer program, a public swimming area with swimming lessons, and a summer youth program at the municipal Drake Field. www.pittsfield-nh.com
Mainly a bedroom community, historic Salisbury is located 18 miles northwest of Concord. The town’s signature buildings include the Salisbury Free Library, the Baptist Church, the original town hall and many fine period homes. Residents have many opportunities to come together thanks to many town groups, including the Boy Scouts, Salisbury Congregational Community Church, 4-H, Salisbury Historical Society, Friends of the Library, Salisbury Boosters, PTO and Ladies Aid group. Soccer and baseball games at local fields and an annual Old Home Day illustrate the small-town community spirit. www.salisburynh.org
Nestled at the foot of Mt. Kearsarge is the quaint New England village of Warner. The town is also home to Rollins State Park, the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, the Nature Discovery Center and two restored covered bridges over the Warner River, a favorite for canoeing. Its proximity to I-89 makes it attractive for commuters to Concord, Manchester and the Hanover/ Lebanon region. The 120-year-old Pillsbury Free Library offers more than 14,000 books, tapes and periodicals. Many artists, writers, poets and craftspeople live in the area and each year, the town celebrates autumn with its Warner Fall Foliage Festival. Major employers include Market Basket and Sugar River Bank. www.warner.nh.us
Webster is a nice, quiet place to come home to and relax. Beautiful old farms, fields and homes are prevalent in this residential community. The town is home to the Blackwater Dam, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreational area. The Blackwater River is used for world-class whitewater kayaking competitions. Other recreational areas include town-owned ball fields, a playground, and a private campground. The town hosts an active grange and Old Home Day. Incorporated in 1860, Webster’s major employers include Cedar Mill Group, White Mountain Imaging and Santa Cruz Gunlocks. www.webster-nh.gov