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United States of America (USA) - New Hampshire
New Hampshire experiences all seasons, from warm humid summers to cold wet winters. New Hampshire has a continental climate and snowfall is very common during winter, particularly in the northern areas of the state with average snowfall recorded at between 60 inches to over 100 inches in some areas. New Hampshire suffers infrequent hurricanes and averages around 2 tornados per year.
New Hampshire – Employment
New Hampshire has experienced a shift in its economy over the last few decades. The traditional manufacturing outputs of textiles and leather products which the state was famous for has dipped dramatically as many firms have moved operations to southern states in favour of cheaper wage bills. Manufacturing is now centred on electrical equipments and plastics. There are some opportunities for both skilled and unskilled workers. Unemployment is lower than average at just 7%, so there is some competition for vacancies.
A major part of the economy is tourism and many people move to the state to take advantage of this by setting up their own guest houses and hotels. For expats it is always advisable to have some experience in this area before taking the risk. For non-owners there is some work available in hotels and the retail industry but these can be seasonal in tourist areas.
New Hampshire – Property
New Hampshire is very popular with expats and there are many areas which are ideal for setting up home, particularly for those with families. The city of Manchester in particular has many residential areas which may be suitable. The West Side of the city has several popular neighbourhoods, including the Northwest, which is a suburb of the city. The area is very reasonably priced and has many single family homes. The schools in the area are good and there are plenty of shops and other amenities. The Rimmon Heights neighbourhood used to be mainly occupied by French-Canadians, although there are now people of all heritages living in the area. The area is a mix of townhouses and detached homes and the prices are on a par with the regional average.
The East Side of Manchester is home to the Downtown district and is mainly a commercial area although there are some residential buildings. Property is mainly apartments, many of which are to rent rather than buy and are mostly populated with young professionals that work in the area. The North End is nearby and this is a more affluent area with large houses in one part of the district and smaller family homes in others. Prices vary depending upon the type of house and the street, but a reasonable sized family home can be purchased at around the regional average if you avoid the period properties.
The area of Corey Square is home to many family homes and is located in the city centre. Properties here range from apartments to townhouses and are popular with those who work in the city. The area is an ideal location for reaching the shops and other attractions in the city and there are some good schools in the area.
The city of Berlin is in the northern part of the state and is a fairly small community. Properties are available here at a reasonable cost and are mainly family homes, though the population has declined in recent years as people move to the larger cities for work. The area is ideal for those who are retiring as there is not much industry in the area, although the city has some good shops and leisure facilities. This is a peaceful part of the state and there are some good schools for those raising a family.
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