Durham : New hampshire

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What it's Like to Retire in Durham

Durham is a thriving town near the coast of New Hampshire, not far from Portsmouth. A college town, it is home to the University of New Hampshire.  The population is just over 14,000.  It is situated beside Great Bay at the mouth of the Oyster River. Photos courtesy of Wikipedia and Olivier Aumage.


Where to Retire in Durham and Home Prices

There are active adult communities here and in neighboring Portsmouth (see Active Communities link at right). The median value of a home was about $180,000 in late 2014. Real estate taxes are high in NH and in Durham, with the median payment here being over $6,000. However there is no sales tax, and wages are not taxed (interest and dividends are taxed at 5%).


What is special about Durham

Living in a college town near the coast and beautiful Portsmouth are big advantages. Thompson Hall was designed in the Romanesque Revival style by the Concord architectural firm of Dow & Randlett, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


What is not special about Durham

Winter weather


Who will like retirement in Durham

People who want to live in a college town with a favorable tax situation will like it here.


Local economy is driven by

Education and retail. NH does not have a state sales tax, which is part of the reason for the success of the state's retail sales.


Climate and Physical Environment

Portsmouth is just inland of the New Hampshire coast. Average Jan temp is in the mid 20s and average July temp in the low 70s.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are restaurants both here and in Portsmouth. The University offers cultural opportunities, as does nearby Portsmouth.  Durham Historic Association & Museum.



Durham has a low crime rate


Medical facilities

Wentworth Douglas Hospital



Amtrak services Durham.


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