Independent Living in New Hampshire

Families searching for senior living in New Hampshire will be greeted by natural beauty in just about every direction. The Granite State remains a popular spot for seniors, largely for its outstanding scenery, but also for its easy access to the Atlantic Coast and nearby New England destinations. New Hampshire’s main metropolitan area, Manchester, is located in the south-central region, but most of the state is defined by its winding rivers, natural bodies of water, and conifer-covered landscape. Lake Winnipesaukee is a large glacial lake in central New Hampshire at the foothills of the White Mountains. This rugged subrange of the Appalachians stretches into the state’s Great North Woods region and attracts millions of tourists every year with its ski slopes, hiking trails, and climbing walls. New Hampshire may be small in area, but it offers countless opportunities for an active yet peaceful retirement.

Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 15 independent living communities in New Hampshire.

The median monthly cost of independent living in New Hampshire is about $3,200.

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New Hampshire Independent Living Regulations

Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in New Hampshire.

In New Hampshire, independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in New Hampshire is considered to be less affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 109
  • Groceries: 100
  • Housing: 110
  • Utilities: 120
  • Transportation: 111

Demographics

About 19% of New Hampshire’s population are seniors, which is higher than the national average. In the 2016 presidential election, New Hampshire leaned slightly liberal.

2016 Presidential Election

  • Voted Democratic: 47.6%
  • Voted Republican: 47.3%
  • Voted third party: 5.1%

Population

  • Median age: 43
  • Over the age of 55: 34%
  • 2018 population: 1,356,458
  • 2020 population: 1,369,940
  • Estimated 2025 population: 1,404,233

Miscellaneous

  • 22% regularly attend a religious service
  • 57% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 1,025 congregations
  • There are 65 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

New Hampshire’s climate is classified as humid continental, which means the state has four distinct seasons including typically mild summers and long, quite cold winters. New Hampshire’s southeastern region has a short Atlantic coastline with moderate temperatures, whereas winter weather is often extreme in the mountainous northern parts of the state. Severe weather like thunderstorms and tornadoes is somewhat rare, although the state experiences winter storms with lots of snowfall and — given its location near the Atlantic Ocean — is prone to nor’easters with extreme amounts of snow. Tropical storms and hurricanes usually weaken in the North Atlantic’s cooler waters before reaching New Hampshire, or they divert eastward and miss the state.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 70%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 4”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 10” (November)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 35 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 49 in May (Good)

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 44°F
  • Average summer temperature: 66°F
  • Typical summer high: 83°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 40°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 21°F
  • Typical winter high: 39°F (December)
  • Typical winter low: -4°F (January)

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