New Hampshire Education and State Information

One of the 13 original colonies, New Hampshire became a state in 1788. Nonprofit postsecondary schools in New Hampshire include Dartmouth College, the University of New Hampshire and Southern New Hampshire University.

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Information About New Hampshire

New Hampshire is one of nation's smaller states, in terms of both land area and population. At just 9,304 square miles, it ranks 46th in physical size, while its population was just over 1.33 million in 2015, ranking it 40th.

New Hampshire experiences cold winters and fairly short summers, along with spectacular falls. Skiing, hiking and mountaineering are major draws in New Hampshire, which features some of the East Coast's largest mountains. Most of White Mountain National Forest, which includes the Appalachian Trail, is located in New Hampshire, and the state's Lakes Region is a popular summer tourist spot. Also a major attraction, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon hosts both NASCAR and motorcycle races.

New Hampshire Educational Opportunities

New Hampshire is home to public and private nonprofit postsecondary schools, including Dartmouth College in Hanover, which was ranked the 12th best national university by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. This private university also was rated No. 2 for undergraduate teaching by U.S. News. The University of New Hampshire in Durham ranked at number 103 among the nation's national universities in 2016 as well, and it was ranked at number 47 on the list of the nation's public schools.

Also a public school, Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester is the state's largest college or university, with over 43,000 students in Fall 2014, including more than 29,000 undergraduates. Students seeking a 2-year school have several options, including NHTI - Concord's Community College, Manchester Community College and Nashua Community College, all public schools.

New Hampshire Economy

Tourism is an important industry in New Hampshire, while the state also produces its fair share of machinery and electric equipment as well as rubber and plastic products. New Hampshire's top commodities include apples, eggs and dairy products, along with cattle and nursery stock. For the period 2010-2014, New Hampshire residents had a relatively high median household income of $65,986, which compared to a national median of $53,482.

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