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Portsmouth is a town in New Hampshire with a population of 21,644. Portsmouth is in Rockingham County and is one of the best places to live in New Hampshire. Living in Portsmouth offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Portsmouth there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Portsmouth and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Portsmouth are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$373,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,205
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Portsmouth Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    111
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    65
    41
  • Robbery
    28
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    120
    500
  • Theft
    1,189
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    79
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    19%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Portsmouth

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$72,384
National
$55,322
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Portsmouth Reviews

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Portsmouth is the go-to town in New Hampshire. It's a beautiful town right on the water with plenty of character. The town is safe and you rarely hear of crime or anything off putting. The schools are great and the sports teams always do well. The students really get the education their parents are paying for. Portsmouth is family friendly and there is always something to do. Take a trip downtown and shop at the hundreds of boutiques and good quality restaurants. You can visit the Music Hall and catch a play or performance, or even watch a play at Prescott Park. There is always nightlife in the town because there is so much to do! The only downside to Portsmouth, would be the cost of living. The town is a little more on the pricey side due to the fact that it has so many great qualities and that is right on the water.
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There is no place as charming as Portsmouth! A New England town with a European feel and beautiful town center that comes alive in the summer. Great restaurants, lots of activities and arts. Beautiful residential neighborhoods and great people. Truly a great place to live.
Portsmouth is a beautiful city to visit and bring the family. It is not a resident conscious city. It does not spend its time trying to make a better living environment but rather looks more toward getting money through tourism and tickets. Activities that locals have loved for years have been threatend due to this mentality. When we first moved here everyone at the local coffee shop or parks new each other. Now it is overrun with tourists and it doesn’t feel as much like home. The town treats hotels better than residents. It is like pulling teeth trying to keep certain residential areas from becoming huge parking lots. The Portsmouth circle is hardly monitored and several rodes I actually avoid due to unsafe driving.