It’s no surprise that New Hampshire Seacoast towns usually lead the list of “Top Ten Places to……………..” In this case, it’s Top Places to Retire in New Hampshire. Exeter, NH placed number 1 on the list, followed closely by Portsmouth, NH. Both towns offer many benefits for retirees, including great medical care, retirement centers, recreational activities, cultural offerings, and lots of volunteer opportunities to keep busy during your golden years. 15% of Exeter residents are seniors, and 16% for Portsmouth.
Portsmouth leads the list with lots of things to do on the water for lovers of water sports. Rent a kayak and paddle around the waterways that surround Portsmouth and the Seacoast. Or, you can take a ride on several excursion boats and do your sightseeing in comfort.
Exeter offers plenty of options to stay healthy and get well with 5.42 medical centers per 1,000 residents; Portsmouth comes in a pretty healthy second place with 2.99 medical centers per 1,000. I’ve personally been a patient in Portsmouth Hospital twice, once for a routine procedure and once from a cat bit infection. I can testify I was treated both times royally and was very happy with my care.
Culture and the arts are plentiful in both towns too. Portsmouth boasts a lively performing arts scene with its flagship Portsmouth Music Hall, an iconic theatre that offers plays, talks, and musical events multiple times a year. Portsmouth’s waterfront Prescott Park also offers outdoor events with plays, concerts, and festivals throughout the warmer months.
Here’s the full list of Top Ten Places to Retire in New Hampshire.
If you have any questions about New Hampshire or any of our great towns to retire to, we’re happy to answer your questions. Ann Cummings or Jim Lee, we’re both Portsmouth residents and love living here. Our direct number is 603-436-2112, call or text.