Merrimack, New Hampshire Ranks in top 100 Places to Live

Real Estate Agent with BHG The Masiello Group


Merrimack NHCNN/Money Magazine recently released its 100 top places to live and Merrimack, New Hampshire was ranked 86 out of 100!

Merrimack, NH offers its citizens a unique quality of life experience not found in many areas. The population was 25,494 at the 2010 census, making it the eighth-largest municipality in New Hampshire.   Residents enjoy life in a small town yet have access to the many conveniences found in larger cities.   Merrimack, NH is conveniently located near the state’s two largest cities; it is just north of Nashua (also named as one of the top 100 places to live in 1987 and 1997) and approximately 10 miles south of Manchester, NH.  It is only 1 hour away from Boston.

Legend has it that the first log cabin was built in Merrimack in about 1665, settlement did not begin until the 1720s.  The town was separated from Dunstable (Nashua) in 1746 and it was incorporated as Merrimack, after the river. In 1766, a ferry concession was granted to Edward Lutwyche, to facilitate trade and traffic between Litchfield and Merrimack and in 1784, the ferry was granted to Revolutionary War patriot Matthew Thornton, an area still known as Thornton's Ferry.  Origionally, there were four villages in the town: (formerly known as Merrimack Village, Souhegan Village), Thorton's Ferry, Reeds Ferry and South Merrimack.

Merrimack is rich in history. For example, Matthew Thornton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, lived in Merrimack until his death in 1803.

The job market is healthy in Merrimack, NH.  Fidelity recently moved more than 1,000 jobs to Merrimack.  Since 1970 it has been the home to the Anheuser-Busch brewery and  locals and tourists enjoy the brewery tour and viewing the Budweiser Clydesdales. GT Advanced Technologies, formerly GT Solar, a leading global provider of polysilicon production technology, and sapphire and silicon crystalline growth system and materials for the solar, LED and other industrial markets is located in Merrimack.

The are six public schools in Merrimack which are managed by the Merrimack School District:  Thorntons Ferry Elementary School, Reeds Ferry Elementary School, James Mastricola Elementary School, James Mastricola Upper Elementary School, Merrimack Middle School and Merrimack High School.   In addition, there is a charter school, the Academy for Science and Design, established for the 2007-08 academic year, which is New Hampshire's first charter school to concentrate on science, math, engineering, and design.  It is tuition free for Merrimack, NH students.

The town government consists of a 7-member town counsel. This form of government was recently adopted by a ballot measure on May 25, 2006.d

Merrimack was the home to Roy's Variety in South Merrimack which sported a sign that read  “Eat Here and Get Gas” !

There are affordable houses available in Merrimack, NH ranging from condominiums to single family homes. Give me a call, I would love to show you around.



Discover the New Hampshire Advantage.  New Hampshire was named the Most Livable State in Americafor the 6th year in a row!   New Hampshire is the Safest State in America, 2010  and the Third Healthiest State in America!

 If  you are interested in finding out more about the New Hampshire real estate market, contact me. I would welcome the opportunity to assist you!

____Disclaimer: Information herein may come from various sources, some of which may not be reliable and may change without any notice. Joan Whitebook does not guarantee or is any way responsible for the accuracy of the information in this blog and information provided is without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Information on this blog represents the opinions and ideas of the author; comments by others may not express the views of the author. Joan Whiteook, BHG, The Masiello Group, Andrew White, managing broker. Copyright © 2011 By Joan Whitebook, Merrimack, New Hampshire (photos& blog) " Merrimack, New Hampshire Ranks in top 100 Places to Live"      

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Comments (36)

Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Another great localism report, Joan.  You really do know your New Hampshire :)

Aug 20, 2011 02:05 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Joan, as everyone else has said, this is a fantastic Localism post!  It's such an honor to make that list and definitely something to boast about for your area.  Beautifully done!

Aug 20, 2011 02:09 PM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I am quite envious of those that can say they live or work in the places that made the list!

Aug 20, 2011 02:40 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Jane ~  While it is true that I left my heart in San Francisco, I am glad I relocated to So. NH.  It has so much to offer.

Debe ~ Thanks for your kind words.  It is such an honor to be able to post such positive news about Merrimack, NH.

Judi ~  As you know I grew up in Tulsa OK.. I have to say that parts of NH remind me of OKLA>

Aug 20, 2011 03:36 PM
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

love the slide show!! i will have to check out that site.. congrats on the great news about your area... :)

Aug 20, 2011 04:43 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi Joan, Congratulatios on this very well deserved Feature. I love it when local posts are featured because it reinforces the importance of these posts for coonsumers. Well Done! I am on my iPad and will come back and put a Gold Star here in comment when I log on to the desk top.

Joan's Gold Star

Aug 20, 2011 05:02 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Congrats on being awarded one of the top places to live in the US.  I can certainly understand why.  Merrimack NH is a wonderful town in a great area.

Aug 21, 2011 01:02 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Shiela ~  Glad you enjoyed the tour of Merrimack, NH.  It is a great place to call home.

William ~  Thanks for the gold star!  It is truly a compliment coming from you!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are able to visit NH... especially in the fall.

Gabe ~ Thanks for the congrats.  You are not far away, so plese come and visit Merrimack, NH.  I'll be glad to show you around.

Aug 21, 2011 01:26 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is always great whaen a national magazine honors us here in NH for our great state, It is nice to share the "secret" of how good things are here. A low unemployment rate, no income or sales tax, great schools and great people.

Aug 21, 2011 01:45 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Scott ~  We are so lucky to live and work in New Hampshire.  Hope you are doing well and that we continue to enjoy the great state of New Hampshire.

Aug 21, 2011 02:30 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Joan, Congratulations on the well deserved feature .Have a good day.

Aug 21, 2011 02:45 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Joan, Merrimack, NH sounds like a great place to live. There is a lot of history in your area. Congratulations on making the top 100.

Aug 21, 2011 02:52 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Gita ~  I hope we have the opportunity to meet in person ... come to NH to visit .. I'd love to show you around.

Michael ~  Thanks for stopping by and for your very kind words.


Aug 21, 2011 03:01 AM
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Joan, no wonder it made the top 100! It looks like a great place to live. Well done!

Aug 21, 2011 07:44 AM
Robert Hammerstein -
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Joan - We love your area. I have to say as well take some shots in couple of weeks and do another slide show for us when the colors start  kicking in. Wonderful news for the Merrimack area.

Aug 21, 2011 08:05 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Hi Sandy ~  If you want to take some time away from Oxnard, please visit NH. I think you will enjoying seeing this very special state.

Lisa and Roberts ~  I have the camera ready.. I am just waiting for mother nature.  It's still a bit early for the colors to arrive!

Aug 21, 2011 03:09 PM
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Joan - Seems to me that I did read that somewhere.  I love all those Money and Forbes lists; kind of a list fanatic.  I'm sure that's where I read it.  Although I have never been to NH, I know people who have and they say it's incredible country.  Must be to make it to the top 100 places to live.  :)

Aug 22, 2011 06:08 PM
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Joan  Merrimack certainly deserves the recognition - history, charm and living in the 21st century in one very attractive package - your report tells it all

Aug 23, 2011 11:00 PM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Joan-Thanks for the history of Merrimack. I'm not much of a beer drinker, but the beer tour that A-B puts on are really great. The Clydesdale's are awesome.

Aug 24, 2011 03:26 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Karen ~  Merrimack is a very nice community and folks love living there.

Wayne~  Even if you don't like beer, it is a great tour... the plant is incredible... and the Clydesdales are definately worth visiting.  Hope you are able to visit Merrmack NH.

Aug 24, 2011 02:06 PM