Portsmouth, New Hampshire Education and City Information

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a major port in the East Coast shipping network. The city also is home to Great Bay Community College, a small, public 2-year school.

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Information About Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth is situated on the coast of New Hampshire and has a population of around 21,600, based on 2014 U.S Census Bureau estimates. The city experiences four seasons, but its weather is not as extreme as some parts of New Hampshire, as the ocean helps moderate temperatures both in summer and winter.

Notable tourist attractions in Portsmouth include the USS Albacore Museum and Park and the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse. The city also has a vibrant arts community, with The Music Hall, a 19th-century-era theater, hosting dance, movie, music and theater performances throughout the year and the Prescott Park Arts Festival held each summer in Portsmouth's waterfront park.

Portsmouth Educational Opportunities

Great Bay Community College enrolled nearly 2,100 students in Fall 2014. The school offers more than 10 certificate programs in fields such as business administration and management, computer programming, and homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services. GBCC also features nearly two dozen associate's degree programs in biotechnology, digital media technology, nursing, veterinary technology and other subjects. Residents looking for a 4-year school might opt to commute to the University of New Hampshire main campus in Durham or Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, both located less than 40 miles away.

Portsmouth Economy

Portsmouth owes its existence to its position as a port city, and much of its industry is centered on this function. It has facilities for liners, passenger ships, container vessels and bulk carriers. The port also has links inland via road and rail. Additionally, Portsmouth is a repair base for submarines, mainly taking place in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard over the river in Maine.

Several companies are based in Portsmouth, including publishing house Heinemann USA, software producer Bottomline Technologies and frozen yogurt producer Sweet Scoops. As of March 2016, the city's top employers were in the areas of trade, transportation, and utilities; education and health services; and government, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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