The New Hampshire Advantage

There are many advantages to living in New Hampshire, and New Hampshire regularly ranks high in economic and quality of life indicators, compared to other states. The 101 Reasons to Move highlights the advantages that deserve a special mention.

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Accessibility of Officials

New Hampshire officials, from town clerks to the state governor, are accessible to the public and generally have a "walk-right-in" office policy.


New Hampshire is the only state with no laws restricting knife ownership, except for convicted felons.


State House

Reflecting New Hampshire’s relationship and openness to the public, the state capitol building has no metal detectors (and, at 190 years old, is “the oldest state house in the nation in which the legislature still occupies its original chambers").

Photo by Walter Parenteau


Executive Council

New Hampshire's unique Executive Council provides an additional check on the power of the Governor. Support of the independently elected, five-member council is required for state contracts over $10,000, high-level agency appointments, and pardons.


Automobile Insurance

New Hampshire is the only state that does not mandate automobile liability insurance or charge a related fee for being uninsured. Compared to national averages, New Hampshire has more insured drivers, and, as of 2014, the 3rd lowest insurance rates in the country.



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