A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$361,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,158
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%

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
    79
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    55
    41
  • Robbery
    23
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    125
    500
  • Theft
    1,448
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    120
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$69,664
National
$55,322
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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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 wonderful area to live or study in. The night life and restaurants in Portsmouth give college students a place to socialize and have some much needed fun amidst their busy schedules. Additionally, the wealth of businesses in Portsmouth give many options for part time work, internships, and full time work once graduated. The city has everything from business, engineering, art, music, and science careers. It is also perfect for anyone looking to go into the hospitality field as the majority of businesses are hotels and restaurants.

The one area in which Portsmouth may be lacking is parking. Portsmouth is very expensive for the average commuter, with both tolls and parking fees. The opposing option for travel in the area is the utilization of the trolley that goes through downtown and outlying areas, offering and opportunity to cut the travel cost, and a route new students and young professionals should consider if they move to the area.