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Looking for more NH city/regional data and reviews
« on: November 24, 2010, 12:40:19 am »

Hi, I am very seriously considering (planning?) a move from CA.  I've spent a week or so roaming around the message boards getting acquainted, but have not (yet) found a central clearinghouse for data/reviews for the various cities/regions in NH.  It would seem that every prospective porcupine would have the same questions..How about a sticky for the various regions on a map?  Instead of each newcomer asking "Hey, where should I live? I am looking for....x, y, z." 

I used to live in San Diego, and I frequently helped newcomers with the local knowledge of the region...things only a longtime resident would know.

Items that we probably all look for when we move to a new area (and don't change much):

Cultural venues - symphony, libraries, etc
Coffee shops
Pubs
Shopping
Religious service outlets
Climate..I hear the coast is a bit more moderate but the snow is wetter?
Property taxes
Rental cost averages
Home values
Power outage repair expectations
Roads
Traffic jams

Does this info exist somewhere that is readily accessible?  I know I will need to visit a few times to get a feel for the state, but would like to eliminate areas that are a low quality match, and focus on the others.

Mahalo!  ;D



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Re: Looking for more NH city/regional data and reviews
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2010, 12:45:36 am »

I thought this website was pretty interesting (although NH cities don't look very walkable because of the large rural areas in the city limits), if you put in an address, it will give you things within walking distance.

http://www.walkscore.com/score/03101
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Re: Looking for more NH city/regional data and reviews
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2010, 01:00:52 am »

A lot of those things are all over NH (like libraries, coffee shops, pubs and churchs).

By far, the best source is city-data.  http://www.city-data.com/

You may also want to check this out.  http://freestateproject.org/nhinfocenter
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Re: Looking for more NH city/regional data and reviews
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2010, 09:47:46 am »

Getting more interested in moving..but was hoping to find a resource where I could compare the various townships/regions.  Google and the city data charts are fine..but was hoping actual residents could post why they like their region (other than if it was for work) as compared to others.  Perhaps this idea is too subjective..
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Re: Looking for more NH city/regional data and reviews
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2010, 11:09:10 am »



Cultural venues - symphony, libraries, etc
Coffee shops
Pubs
Shopping
Religious service outlets
Climate..I hear the coast is a bit more moderate but the snow is wetter?
Property taxes
Rental cost averages
Home values
Power outage repair expectations
Roads
Traffic jams



What you suggested is a good idea.  a map and then things listed on it.

(Join the FSP doers list on yahoo... maybe a volunteer will do it... )


Cultural venues - symphony, libraries, etc
Most towns have libraries.  I know that Nashua has a symphony.

Coffee shops
Many towns have these and def the cities have them.

Pubs
Many towns have these and def the cities have them.

Shopping
NH has lots of shopping.
Outlet malls in Tilton and Conway.
Huge Malls along the border with MA (they come up for tax free shopping)

Religious service outlets
All over... all flavors.

Climate..I hear the coast is a bit more moderate but the snow is wetter?
I hear it is more moderate but I am not convinced.

Property taxes
totally varies by town. I know that someone has a chart floating around here.

Rental cost averages
?

Home values
varies by town.
realtor.com

Power outage repair expectations
Varies where you live and how remote.
During the ice storm last year... some people were out a few hours... I think that the longest was 17 days.

Roads
Roads are generally good.

Traffic jams
Expect some in the big cities during some rush hour.
Near Malls and the 'main drags' there tends to be some.
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Re: Looking for more NH city/regional data and reviews
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2010, 01:20:21 pm »

Cultural venues - symphony, libraries, etc
Coffee shops
Pubs
Shopping
Religious service outlets
Climate..I hear the coast is a bit more moderate but the snow is wetter?
Property taxes
Rental cost averages
Home values
Power outage repair expectations
Roads
Traffic jams

What you suggested is a good idea.  a map and then things listed on it.

(Join the FSP doers list on yahoo... maybe a volunteer will do it... )


Someone has volunteered to make some updates to PorcManor.com that sound a lot like this sort of thing. It remains to be seen if they will come through, but they are a doer (but not on the list, IIRC).
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Re: Looking for more NH city/regional data and reviews
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2010, 05:37:37 pm »

Getting more interested in moving..but was hoping to find a resource where I could compare the various townships/regions.  Google and the city data charts are fine..but was hoping actual residents could post why they like their region (other than if it was for work) as compared to others.  Perhaps this idea is too subjective..

1776,

You will find exactly the detail you are looking for about Keene here on our 130+ reasons to move to Keene, which includes demographics, shopping, details on some activism, activities, and more: http://move.freekeene.com

As far as the other areas are concerned, I can't help you.  Welcome!
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Re: Looking for more NH city/regional data and reviews
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2010, 06:13:51 pm »

Getting more interested in moving..but was hoping to find a resource where I could compare the various townships/regions.  Google and the city data charts are fine..but was hoping actual residents could post why they like their region (other than if it was for work) as compared to others.  Perhaps this idea is too subjective..
Its a little hard because travel from one area to another is relatively easy. So its sort of specific to your situation and desires.
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Re: Looking for more NH city/regional data and reviews
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2010, 10:37:55 pm »

Look for threads like, "101 Reasons to move to Seabrook" and others.  The best way, IMHO, to get an idea of what town to live in is to stay at a porc manor (www.porcmanor.com) and spend some time in the state.  You might like Portsmouth, or you may prefer Hampton Beach.  I love Seabrook, but you might like downtown Dover or Rye.  It depends on what you want to do for a living and for activism.
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