Famous Granite Staters and fun facts about NH

Quick facts about NH that will impress your dinner party guests (or, teach you a quick thing or two about your home state)


Source: 2011 U.S. Census Estimate

Quick history:

  • New Hampshire was settled in 1632.
  • NH was one of the original 13 colonies, and became the 9th state on June 21, 1788.
  • NH has 10 counties 13 municipalities, 221 towns and 25 unincorporated places.
  • NH has seven regions: Seacoast, Merrimack Valley, Monadnock, Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee, Lakes, White Mountains and Great North Woods

State taxes:

  • No personal income tax
  • No sales tax
  • 9% meals & rental tax
  • 8.5% business profits tax

Random things you should know:

  • NH’s ratio of forested land to developed is one of the highest in the United States.
  • NH is home to the highest peak in the Northeast (Mount Washington, at 6,288 feet).
  • NH has the country’s shortest stretch of seacoast (18 miles of shoreline).
  • NH is home to America’s first documented serial killer H.H. Holmes (yeah, we’re not super proud of this one either).
  • NH is home to Betty and Barney Hill of UFO encounter fame.
  • The Republican Party was founded in Exeter in 1853.
  • NH has the largest state legislature in the country with 424 members.

Famous people from New Hampshire:

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