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New Hampshire: Land of Economic Opportunity for the Second Year

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

New Hampshire leads the Northeast for economic opportunity.

For the second year in a row, New Hampshire landed in the top five ranking of U.S. News and World Report’s Best States, leading the Northeast in a comprehensive review of economic and social criteria.

“New Hampshire is among the best states in the nation to live, work and raise a family,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “Our State’s #1 ranking for opportunity is something that all Granite Staters can be particularly proud of today. We will never stop emphasizing that New Hampshire is open for business, open for workers, and open for opportunity.”

The full report is available at usnews.com.

The Granite State also led the nation in economic opportunity for the second straight year, a category that looks at median income, poverty rates and other factors. The state also got high marks in multiple categories: Low crime rate (#1); educational attainment (#3); low unemployment rate (#3); quality of life (#4); patent creation (#6) and low tax burden (#7).

“New Hampshire consistently performs well in these comprehensive rankings because it offers the best combination of financial opportunity, education, and quality of life,” said Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs. “More importantly than rankings, we see it on the ground: New Hampshire’s businesses are expanding, communities are investing.”