Nashua, New Hampshire is located on the Massachusetts border on Interstate Route 3, and thusly is known as the "Gate City." Since a commercial development boom in the 1980s, the city of Nashua has served as a shopping mecca for those seeking to avoid Massachusetts� sales tax. Built around the now-departed textile industry, in recent decades Nashua has been swept up in southern New Hampshire's economic expansion as part of the Greater Boston region. Several major high-tech companies call Nashua home, such as Compaq (formerly Digital Equipment Corp.), Nashua Corp., and BAE Systems, formerly Sanders a Lockeed-Martin company. The city also plays host to New Hampshire's only professional baseball team, the Nashua Pride, which plays in the independent Atlantic League.
Nashua was first granted as part of a 200-square-mile tract of land in Massachusetts called Dunstable. After New Hampshire formally separated from Massachusetts in 1741, the state line was redraw, and the land that now comprises Nashua fell within New Hampshire's new border. Situated at the confluence of the Nashua with the Merrimack River, Nashua - still known as Dunstable until the 1830's - emerged as a major industrial city over the course of the 19th century. By 1836, the city's cotton mills produced 9.3 million yards of cotton annually; on December 31st of the same year, Dunstable was officially renamed Nashua for the river that provided so much of its water power.
While most Nashua's old mills ceased operations in the decades after World War I, the arrival of several high tech-firms in the region shortly after World War II drove an economic resurgence which continues to the present day. The arrival of the highways brought an influx of new residents and commuters as Nashua became an integral part of the Boston-area high-tech corridor. By the end of the 20th century, Nashua sat at the heart of one of the richest and most prosperous regions in the country. At the outset of the 21st century, Nashua and the Southern New Hampshire region look to enjoy continued economic and residential growth for the forseeable future.
Centrally located near the cities of Manchester, Concord, Boston and Worcester, Nashua offers easy access to the scenic Lakes Region, the snowy peaks of the White Mountains, New Hampshire's beautiful Atlantic Ocean coast and the idyllic seaside villages of Cape Cod. The city Nashua boasts a newly revived downtown area, easy access to major highways, 10 outdoor skating rinks, four public swimming pools, and more than 25 parks and playgrounds. Money magazine has chosen the Nashua area as the "best place to live" twice: first in 1987 and most recently in 1997.
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