Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsB
- Crime & SafetyB
- Good for FamiliesA-
- Cost of LivingC+
- Health & FitnessB+
- Outdoor ActivitiesA
Merrimack is a suburb of Manchester with a population of 25,815. Merrimack is in Hillsborough County and is one of the best places to live in New Hampshire. Living in Merrimack offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Merrimack there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in Merrimack and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Merrimack are above average.
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Merrimack was a great place to grow up as a kid– it always seemed like a town where "nothing could happen here." In 2016, however, Merrimack residents received a letter from their water utility companies addressing the detection of a family of chemical compounds known as "PFAS," which are toxic at miniscule levels. Contamination in Merrimack originated from the Saint Gobain Performance Plastics facility and has been ongoing for over 40 years. PFOA is emitted from the facility's smoke stacks, contaminating the air, groundwater and soil for miles. NHDES, the CDC and other state and federal agencies have been conducting water samples and blood tests in Merrimack to investigate the full scope of the contamination and have found that residents are highly exposed and experiencing higher than expected cancer rates. Merrimack is both a quiet suburban town and a battleground for a silent war between industry giants opposing PFAS regulation and citizens fighting for their future.
Merrimack, NH is my home town. I appreciate it for never giving up and always trying to improve the community, however, there still is a lot to improve. Merrimack is a moderate to conservative town with little diversity and an average public school system. The Saint Gobain company has polluted the town's water supply making is a considerable wellness hazard for the citizens of Merrimack. There are no sidewalks anywhere but there are accessible hiking trails. Merrimack will always be a home to me, but I'm not going to raise my children there.
I was born and raised in Merrimack. The school system is poor in my opinion as it has been on a "needs improvement" list many times. It is a safe place to live, but housing is extremely expensive. Property taxes are high but there are no services. There is plenty of shopping with the premium outlets and finding employment is relatively easy. There are several large businesses in town and several new apartment buildings.