• Portsmouth Quick Facts

    • Population: 21,000

    • Located on banks of Piscataqua River

    • Home to Pease Tradeport

    • NH's only deep water port

    • High quality of life

    • Stable real estate market

    • Diverse economic base

    • Regional employment hub

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  • Quality of Life

    • Vibrant / walkable downtown on waterfront
    • Rich history / architecture
    • Strong independent retail
    • Culinary / film / craft brewing
    • Interstate highway access
    • Easy access to Boston / ocean / mountains
    • Low crime rate
    • Great schools & higher education
    • Arts / cultural resources

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  • Transportation / Accessibility

    Pease International Airport

    • Charter flights available
    • Limited commercial passenger flights available
    • Designated Foreign Trade Zone
    • Port
    • The Port of New Hampshire is ice-free year-round with a channel depth of 35 feet and bridge clearances between 135 and 150 feet
    • Designated Foreign Trade Zone

    Highways

    • Portsmouth has a prominent position within regional transportation network
    • Interstate 95 has three interchanges in Portsmouth and is a major corridor for travelers in New England

    Rail

    Three rail lines run to and through Portsmouth: the Main Line-East, the Newington, and Portsmouth branches.  These lines are used solely for rail freight.

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  • Tourist Destination

    • Over 7 million visitors per year to seacoast
    • Over 50 non-profit arts and cultural org. in city
    • Over 307 food establishments, 20 hotels with over 1900 rooms
    • Home of Strawbery Banke Museum, The Music Hall, Prescott Park Arts Festival
    • Strong culinary & cultural tourism component

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  • Workforce

    Low Unemployment

    Portsmouth is consistently lower than the state, region and nation.

    Annual Average Unemployment Rate %

      2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
    United States 5.0 5.4 8.1 8.6 8.9 9.6 9.3
    State of New Hampshire 3.4 4.3 5.0 5.5 5.4 5.8 6.3
    Portsmouth Area 2.5 3.2 4.1 4.1 4.7 5.4 5.6

    Source: NH ELMI

    Educated Workforce

      Education Level 2005 - 2010 (American Community Survey)

      Portsmouth Area United States
    Below High School 3.6% 14.9%
    High School Graduate 96.4% x%
    Some College, No Degree 17.0% 20.6%
    Associates Degree 8.1% 7.5%
    Bachelor Degree 31.0% 17.2%
    Graduate / Professional Degree 17.7% 10.3%

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