New Hampshire Facts


New Hampshire Location In The US New Hampshire State Map

New Hampshire is known for:

  • Small, picturesque towns
  • Abundant wildlife
  • Large stretches of wilderness
  • Popular destinations for skiing and hiking

Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation NH
State Capital Concord
State Size Total (Land + Water): 9,350 sq miles; Land Only: 8,968 sq miles
Number of Counties 10
Time Zone Eastern Time Zone
Bordering States Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont
Highest PointMount Washington, 6,288 feet
Tallest Building City Hall Plaza in Manchester, 275 feet
Largest StadiumWildcat Stadium in Durham, capacity 11,015
National ParksNone
State Population (2020)1,377,529
State Population Density153.6 people / square mile
Area Codes 603
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) Manchester (112,546)
Nashua (89,167)
Concord (43,924)
Dover (32,443)
Rochester (31,719)

Government & Legislature

Statehood June 21, 1788
Electoral Votes4
State Flag New Hampshire State Flag
GovernorOfficial New Hampshire Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From New Hampshire
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From New Hampshire
State SenatorsList of New Hampshire State Senators
State RepresentativesList of New Hampshire State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionNew Hampshire State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateJanuary 1, 2010
Road ConditionsNew Hampshire Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date August 7, 2000

State Symbols

State AmphibianRed-spotted newt
State AnimalWhite tailed deer
State Bird Purple finch
State ButterflyKarner blue
State Flower Purple lilac
State Freshwater Game FishBrook trout
State FruitPumpkin
State GemSmokey quartz
State InsectLadybug
State MineralBeryl
State Motto Live Free or Die
State Nickname Granite State
State RockGranite
State Saltwater Game FishStriped bass
State SongOld New Hampshire
State SportSkiing
State Tree White birch
State WildflowerPink ladyslipper

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams None
NCAA Division I Schools Dartmouth College (Ivy)
University of New Hampshire (America West)

Popular Tourist Attractions

Festivals and Events

Top festivals and events in New Hampshire. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.

Festival / Event When Location
Laconia Motorcycle Week June Laconia
Cheshire Fair August Swanzey
League of NH Craftsmen's Fair August Newbury
Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally August Pittsfield
Hampton Beach Seafood Festival September Hampton Beach
New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival September Lincoln
Deerfield Fair Late September to early October Deerfield
Apple Harvest Day October Dover
NH Brewfest October Portsmouth
New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival October Laconia
Sandwich Fair October Sandwich

Popular Iconic New Hampshire Foods

New Hampshire is famous for the following foods:

  • Boiled Dinner - Corned Beef with vegetables, all boiled
  • Fried Lake Bass
  • Apple Cider Donuts
  • New England Clam Chowder
  • Pancake With Maple Syrup
  • Venison
  • Stonyfield Yogurt
  • Mead
  • Lobster Roll
  • Streamers

Famous People Born In New Hampshire

Nobel Prize Winners

United States Presidents

  • Franklin Pierce (14th President)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Wilson Bethel
  • Mandy Moore
  • Sarah Silverman

Famous Singers

  • Charlie Clouser
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Ray LaMontagne

New Hampshire Fun Facts

  • New Hampshire was named by Captain John Mason after the southern English county of Hampshire.
  • The first free public library supported by taxation in the United States was founded on April 9, 1833 in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
  • The record for the highest wind speed over land in the United States was recorded on Mount Washington April 12, 1934. The wind gust clocked in at 231 miles per hour. This is also the second highest wind speed over land recorded in the world.
  • Levi Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire, invented the first alarm clock in 1787. It only rang at 4 a.m., the time he needed to wake up for his job.
  • New Hampshire still uses its original state constitution, ratified in 1784. It's the second-oldest continuously used constitution in the United States, after Massachusetts.
  • For each presidential election cycle, New Hampshire holds the first primary election in the United States. New Hampshire state law stipulates that the primary shall be on the second Tuesday in March, though the Secretary of State can change the date to ensure that the New Hampshire primary will occur at least seven days before any other state holds a "similar election."
  • New Hampshire is the only state in the United States that does not require adults to wear seat belts in their cars while traveling. Not coincidentally, New Hampshire has the lowest seat belt usage of any state in 2010.
  • New Hampshire is the only state that saw the formal conclusion of a foreign war. In 1905, Portsmouth was the scene of the treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War.
  • New Hampshire was the first state to offer lottery in the twentieth century United States in 1964.
  • New Hampshire has the shortest ocean coastline of any U.S. coastal state, with a length of 13 miles.

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