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Durham, New Hampshire 2nd Youngest Town in America

August 29, 2013


According to CNNMoney, Durham, NH is the 2nd Youngest Town in America. The median age is just 20.3 years old in the Census designated area. There goes the stereotype of New Hampshire being full of old people. Well not exactly, NH has kids, college students, working professionals and retired people. In other words, people of all ages enjoy the Switzerland of America. Durham, in addition to hosting the main University of New Hampshire campus, is on the Great Bay tidal estuary and only 1 city away from the Atlantic Ocean.  Durham hosts the Oyster River, historic farms and is a hop, skip and a jump away from an endless list of awesome activities. The New Hampshire Freecoast has a ton of activities to keep young people busy.

Outdoor activity, nature and sports are yours for the taking. Take to the ocean by fishing, boating, paddleboarding or even surfing! Enjoy kayaking and canoeing the areas rivers and at the Great Bay. Swim at a beach including America’s cleanest beach, Hampton Beach. The Water Country Water Park is perhaps the best water park in New England. The Rye Airfield is a 57 acre skate and bike park. It’s 50,000 sq ft indoor skatepark is the largest in New England.  1 of the largest rivalries in college hockey is New Hampshire vs. Maine. The teams face-off 4 times a season. Take the train to Boston to watch some of the top professional sports teams battle it out.

Like food? Portsmouth is famous for coffee shops, bakeries and upscale restaurants. Head to Dover if you want tasty but less expensive food. Seafood is king in the area as fisherman leave the shore daily in search of fresh seafood. There area is dotted with breweries and nano-breweries such as Redhook Ale Brewery, Smuttynose Brewing Company, Blue Lobster Brewing Company and Throwback Brewery. There are also several wineries and distilleries in the areas such as Flag Hill winery and distillery, WindRoc Vineyard and Sweet Baby Vineyard.

Some people, young or otherwise, don’t have a car. That’s perfectly OK for those living in Durham and the near-by communities. There is a commuter train with lots of stops all the way up past Portland, ME and south to Boston, MA. There is also a well functioning public bus system that connects 15 area communities and includes stops at shopping, eating, employment areas train stations and the airport.

That’s only some of what Durham and the Freecoast of New Hampshire off young people. There’s a good music scene, food and music festivals, comedians, night clubs, a book and bar, comic stores, arcades and a whole lot more.  Read 101 more things to do in New Hampshire.  If you are looking to check out the area, look at the NH Freecoast Calendar. It’s chock-full of pro-liberty monthly events for you to mingle with local liberty lovers.


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