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New Hampshire’s 50
Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles

2020

New England charm meets major recreational activities in New Hampshire, a state known for being a great place to experience all four seasons. The White Mountains range beckons ski and snowboard enthusiasts while the Merrimack River and Hampton Beach are perfect for the water sports lovers. Varied geography and climate mean that every active lifestyle can find its fit in New Hampshire. With real estate on the rise as a significant economic player, more individuals are settling down in New Hampshire, where active lifestyles are encouraged. 

Interesting things to know about New Hampshire: 

  • Apples are one of New Hampshire’s top crops, a food with many impressive health benefits. 
  • Early potato crops were planted in New Hampshire. 
  • New Hampshire is sometimes called the “Switzerland of America” because of its scenic mountain ranges. 
20 %

The percentage of adults who report excessive drinking. Heavy drinking is linked to higher blood pressure, poorer liver function, increased stroke risk and larger waistlines.

20 %

The percentage of adults who report lack of physical activity.

28 %

The percentage of adults who report a BMI — or body mass index — above 30%. Higher BMI may be an indicator of greater risk to physical health.

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1
Bow, New Hampshire
Bow
Fit Score: 78.24

Bow, NH

Population 7,949
Exercise Opportunities 930
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 250
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.7
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 12

2
South Hooksett, New Hampshire
South Hooks.
Fit Score: 77.53

South Hooksett, NH

Population 5,927
Exercise Opportunities 930
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 250
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.7
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 12

3
Pembroke, New Hampshire
Pembroke
Fit Score: 77.41

Pembroke, NH

Population 7,227
Exercise Opportunities 930
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 250
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.7
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 12

4
Hanover, New Hampshire
Hanover
Fit Score: 77.34

Hanover, NH

Population 11,500
Exercise Opportunities 890
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 190
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.45
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 12

5
Hooksett, New Hampshire
Hooksett
Fit Score: 77.33

Hooksett, NH

Population 14,428
Exercise Opportunities 930
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 250
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.7
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 12

6
Hopkinton, New Hampshire
Hopkinton
Fit Score: 77.28

Hopkinton, NH

Population 5,739
Exercise Opportunities 930
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 250
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.7
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 12

7
Loudon, New Hampshire
Loudon
Fit Score: 76.63

Loudon, NH

Population 5,616
Exercise Opportunities 930
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 250
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.7
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 12

8
Newport, New Hampshire
Newport
Fit Score: 76.55

Newport, NH

Population 6,366
Exercise Opportunities 770
Physical Inactivity 230
Access to Healthy Food 170
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.7
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 12

9
Suncook, New Hampshire
Suncook
Fit Score: 76.48

Suncook, NH

Population 5,272
Exercise Opportunities 930
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 250
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.7
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 12

10
Concord, New Hampshire
Concord
Fit Score: 76.42

Concord, NH

Population 43,412
Exercise Opportunities 930
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 250
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.7
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 12

11
Charlestown, New Hampshire
Charlestown
Fit Score: 76.25

Charlestown, NH

Population 5,012
Exercise Opportunities 770
Physical Inactivity 230
Access to Healthy Food 170
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.7
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 12

12
Claremont, New Hampshire
Claremont
Fit Score: 76.12

Claremont, NH

Population 12,967
Exercise Opportunities 770
Physical Inactivity 230
Access to Healthy Food 170
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.7
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 12

13
Conway, New Hampshire
Conway
Fit Score: 76

Conway, NH

Population 10,266
Exercise Opportunities 810
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 340
Obesity 260
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.38
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 12

14
Franklin, New Hampshire
Franklin
Fit Score: 75.94

Franklin, NH

Population 8,712
Exercise Opportunities 930
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 250
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.7
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 12

15
Wakefield, New Hampshire
Wakefield
Fit Score: 75.88

Wakefield, NH

Population 5,098
Exercise Opportunities 810
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 340
Obesity 260
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.38
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 12

16
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
Wolfeboro
Fit Score: 75.68

Wolfeboro, NH

Population 6,389
Exercise Opportunities 810
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 340
Obesity 260
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.38
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 12

17
Lebanon, New Hampshire
Lebanon
Fit Score: 75.35

Lebanon, NH

Population 13,602
Exercise Opportunities 890
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 190
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.45
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 12

18
Plymouth, New Hampshire
Plymouth
Fit Score: 74.5

Plymouth, NH

Population 6,779
Exercise Opportunities 890
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 190
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.45
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 12

19
Littleton, New Hampshire
Littleton
Fit Score: 74.41

Littleton, NH

Population 5,895
Exercise Opportunities 890
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 190
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.45
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 12

20
Bedford, New Hampshire
Bedford
Fit Score: 73.58

Bedford, NH

Population 22,696
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 450
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 11

21
Amherst, New Hampshire
Amherst
Fit Score: 73.55

Amherst, NH

Population 11,329
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 450
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 11

22
Brookline, New Hampshire
Brookline
Fit Score: 73.55

Brookline, NH

Population 5,407
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 450
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 11

23
Hollis, New Hampshire
Hollis
Fit Score: 73.52

Hollis, NH

Population 7,945
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 450
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 11

24
Berlin, New Hampshire
Berlin
Fit Score: 72.87

Berlin, NH

Population 10,200
Exercise Opportunities 670
Physical Inactivity 260
Access to Healthy Food 350
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.17
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.6
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 12

25
New Boston, New Hampshire
New Boston
Fit Score: 72.69

New Boston, NH

Population 5,795
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 450
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 11

26
Pelham, New Hampshire
Pelham
Fit Score: 72.63

Pelham, NH

Population 14,049
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 450
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 11

27
Merrimack, New Hampshire
Merrimack
Fit Score: 72.44

Merrimack, NH

Population 25,969
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 450
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 11

28
Litchfield, New Hampshire
Litchfield
Fit Score: 72.3

Litchfield, NH

Population 8,617
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 450
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 11

29
Hudson, New Hampshire
Hudson
Fit Score: 72.28

Hudson, NH

Population 25,559
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 450
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 11

30
Weare, New Hampshire
Weare
Fit Score: 72.17

Weare, NH

Population 9,076
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 450
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 11

31
Alton, New Hampshire
Alton
Fit Score: 72.14

Alton, NH

Population 5,335
Exercise Opportunities 870
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 360
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.38
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 12

32
New Ipswich, New Hampshire
New Ipswich
Fit Score: 71.94

New Ipswich, NH

Population 5,374
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 450
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 11

33
Gilford, New Hampshire
Gilford
Fit Score: 71.9

Gilford, NH

Population 7,194
Exercise Opportunities 870
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 360
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.38
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 12

34
Goffstown, New Hampshire
Goffstown
Fit Score: 71.86

Goffstown, NH

Population 18,106
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 450
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 11

35
Rindge, New Hampshire
Rindge
Fit Score: 71.82

Rindge, NH

Population 6,273
Exercise Opportunities 770
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 230
Obesity 300
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.91
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 12

36
Meredith, New Hampshire
Meredith
Fit Score: 71.73

Meredith, NH

Population 6,415
Exercise Opportunities 870
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 360
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.38
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 12

37
Peterborough, New Hampshire
Peterboroug.
Fit Score: 71.72

Peterborough, NH

Population 6,625
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 450
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 11

38
Barrington, New Hampshire
Barrington
Fit Score: 71.66

Barrington, NH

Population 9,193
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 380
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.59
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 12

39
Milford, New Hampshire
Milford
Fit Score: 71.56

Milford, NH

Population 16,007
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 450
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 11

40
Chester, New Hampshire
Chester
Fit Score: 71.55

Chester, NH

Population 5,240
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 320
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.77
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

41
Belmont, New Hampshire
Belmont
Fit Score: 71.52

Belmont, NH

Population 7,306
Exercise Opportunities 870
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 360
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.38
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 12

42
Jaffrey, New Hampshire
Jaffrey
Fit Score: 71.5

Jaffrey, NH

Population 5,297
Exercise Opportunities 770
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 230
Obesity 300
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.91
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 12

43
Hillsborough, New Hampshire
Hillsboroug.
Fit Score: 71.44

Hillsborough, NH

Population 5,992
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 450
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 11

44
Nashua, New Hampshire
Nashua
Fit Score: 71.43

Nashua, NH

Population 89,246
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 450
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 11

45
Pinardville, New Hampshire
Pinardville
Fit Score: 71.42

Pinardville, NH

Population 5,142
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 450
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 11

46
Swanzey, New Hampshire
Swanzey
Fit Score: 71.41

Swanzey, NH

Population 7,196
Exercise Opportunities 770
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 230
Obesity 300
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.91
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 12

47
Windham, New Hampshire
Windham
Fit Score: 71.37

Windham, NH

Population 14,747
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 320
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.77
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

48
Keene, New Hampshire
Keene
Fit Score: 71.34

Keene, NH

Population 23,056
Exercise Opportunities 770
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 230
Obesity 300
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.91
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 12

49
Durham, New Hampshire
Durham
Fit Score: 71.29

Durham, NH

Population 16,574
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 380
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.59
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 12

50
Auburn, New Hampshire
Auburn
Fit Score: 71.25

Auburn, NH

Population 5,538
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 320
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.77
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 50?

RankCityPopulationExercise OpportunitiesPhysical InactivityHealthy Food AccessObesityAir Pollution (PM2.5)SmokingDrinkingPhysical DistressFit Score
51Laconia164928702203602902.381602003.271.13
52Atkinson70158801903202702.771402203.171.01
53Stratham74658801903202702.771402203.171
54Dover317718802103802902.591602003.870.98
55Manchester1125259002004502802.631502003.470.92
56Rye54528801903202702.771402203.170.87
57Somersworth119708802103802902.591602003.870.86
58Nottingham51148801903202702.771402203.170.85
59Sandown64518801903202702.771402203.170.81
60Farmington69238802103802902.591602003.870.78
61Rochester313668802103802902.591602003.870.6
62Londonderry263028801903202702.771402203.170.55
63Kingston63338801903202702.771402203.170.47
64Hampstead86578801903202702.771402203.170.38
65Plaistow77298801903202702.771402203.170.14
66Salem295548801903202702.771402203.170.01
67Hampton155648801903202702.771402203.169.93
68Exeter153178801903202702.771402203.169.77
69Epping70458801903202702.771402203.169.75
70Portsmouth218968801903202702.771402203.169.7
71Newmarket91478801903202702.771402203.169.61
72Derry336678801903202702.771402203.169.57
73Raymond104518801903202702.771402203.169.54
74Seabrook88698801903202702.771402203.169.29

How Did We Determine the Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles?

We compiled our list of Best Cities for for Fit Lifestyle by looking at 11 key metrics backed by scientific research. Keep reading to find out which metrics we chose and how they affect slumber.