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
- 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
- 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:
- Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr.
- Author Dan Brown
- Author Grace Metalious
- Author J.D. Salinger
- Author Jodi Picoult
- Basketball player Matt Bonner
- Baseball player Chris Carpenter
- Comedian and actor Adam Sandler
- Comedian and actor Seth Meyers
- Comedian Sarah Silverman
- Filmmaker Ken Burns
- First teacher in space Christa McAuliffe
- Founder of the Christian Science religion Mary Baker Eddy
- Olympian Hannah Kearney
- Olympian Jenny Thompson
- Olympian Scotty Lago
- Olympian Bode Miller
- Paralympian Victoria Arlen
- Poet Donald Hall
- Poet Robert Frost
- Pop singer Mandy Moore
- Professional wrestler Paul Michael Levesque (aka Triple H)
- Revolutionary War hero Gen. John Stark
- Singer Ray LaMontagne
- U.S. President Franklin Pierce
- U.S. Secretary of State Daniel Webster
- U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter