With its clean air, diverse seasons and geography, good neighbors, and lack of a sales or income tax, the phrase means many things to many people. To the folks at CQ Press in Washington, DC, it means a very specific set of measurable factors.
For the sixth year in a row, New Hampshire was named the “Most Livable State” in 2010, based on 44 positive and negative factors, ranging from median household income, job growth and percent of population with at least a bachelor’s degree to unemployment, crime and highway fatality rates.
While no one category paints the entire picture, the amalgam of all 44 has consistently put New Hampshire on or near the top, and since 2005 it has been Number 1 each year. And that’s not to mention the fact that CQ Press also deemed New Hampshire among the nations top few healthiest states as well.
Categories that further pushed the Granite State over the top were: crime rate; percent of population covered by health insurance; teenage birth rate; infant mortality rate; poverty rate; median household income; unemployment rate; percent of population with at least a bachelor’s degree; percent of eligible population voting.
So come see for yourself, and take advantage of all that New Hampshire has to offer.