Moving to New Hampshire soon? Here are a few things you should know if you don’t already!

1. “Wicked” Isn’t a Bad Thing

Wicked

This basically goes for any portion of New England, but “wicked” is a prevalent slang term in New Hampshire. When something is “wicked awesome”, it isn’t a bad thing. It’s super easy (maybe even wicked easy?) to get sucked into saying “wicked” yourself. That’s alright, though, adopting your new region’s terminology is just part of fitting in.

2. New Hampshire is not a right-to-work state

NH State

Right-to-work is a highly debated law that is still in effect in many parts of the country. New Hampshire is not currently one of those states. What that means is that in right-to-work states, unions are sparse or nonexistent, and those that do exist have been in existence for a very long time. It also means that an employer has the right to terminate your employment at any point, for any reason, without any justification or reason to give to you. This can mean many other things as well, and may be worth reading more about. NH has not currently joined in on that fad, but it is an issue that is contested almost yearly.

3. New Hampshire is a swing state

Voting

Ah, being a swing state comes with a heavy burden. What is a swing state? That means that NH isn’t decidedly republican or democrat, so can fall either way in an election. This makes politics very heated, and can mean seeing endless smear ads on television, targeted ads on the internet, and many, many visits from potential candidates and current politicians. It can even come down to unexpected traffic if the president is in town and you didn’t know. The most important thing to remember here is to register to vote and make sure you vote in each and every election. Keeping up with politics in New Hampshire shouldn’t be too hard — as long as you have some friends on Facebook who are in NH, you’ll most likely be kept in the loop.

4. No income tax, sales tax = higher property tax

Old House
Image by JensStockCollection on DeviantART.

Woo hoo! No income taxes! No sales taxes! Live free or die, man! But those missing dollars have to be made up somewhere, and they can usually be seen in the way of property taxes. Property taxes can be twice or even quadruple that of border state Massachusetts’ property tax, depending on where you live. If you’re moving to a highly industrialized area, expect lower property tax rates, but not as low as Massachusetts.

5. Things that are not illegal in New Hampshire:

Fireworks
Image by AreteStock on DeviantART.
  • Fireworks
  • Riding in the back of a pickup truck
  • Open carrying of a firearm
  • Not wearing your seatbelt (as long as you’re 18+)
  • Driving a motorcycle without a helmet

Some other things that are legal in NH (and a few other places) worth noting:

  • Driving barefoot
  • Defacing money
  • Removing the tag from a mattress
  • Going topless (male and female)

6. Many independently owned businesses are closed on Mondays

Closed Sign

Don’t learn this the hard way! When moving to New Hampshire, lots of people don’t know it is a “thing” for businesses to be closed on Mondays. Many small and independently owned businesses are, in fact, closed on Mondays. So before you make the trip down to your favorite shop, make sure you check with your shop’s website, or even just with Google to make sure they’re open, just to save you the aggravation and time.

7. No sales tax

Customer paying with credit card

Whu-What? As I mentioned above, New Hampshire doesn’t have sales tax. This is great if you’re buying… well, basically anything, because then you don’t have to pay pesky sales taxes. Even if you’re purchasing online, that means that thing you wanted that is $9.99 is *really* $9.99, not $9.99 *plus sales tax*. This makes calculating whether that crumpled ten in your pocket can pay for that thing you really really want super easy.

Are you an NH native? What else should people know before they move here? If you’re considering a move, what do you want to know?

How to Pack Shoes for a Move

Contrary to popular belief, the best way to pack shoes for a move is not to just throw them all...
Read More

How to pack a bathroom for moving

When it is time to start thinking about a big move, your first thought probably isn’t about the bathroom. The...
Read More

Going Mobile: What Is Essential and What Can Go

Did you know that many retirees and even millennials are going the mobile home living route? For some, this is...
Read More

How to Help Your Pet Feel Comfortable in Their New Home

Moving to a new home can be stressful for some pets and even dangerous if not planned with them in...
Read More

Should I Move to New Hampshire?

Moving, no matter where you’re moving, can be a big decision full of stress. But if you’re thinking of crossing...
Read More

5 Silly New Hampshire State Laws

New Hampshire was founded in 1776, it’s an old state. So, some of the laws and regulations may not make...
Read More

What to Consider When Moving Out for the First Time

After what seemed like an eternity of your parents asking when you will be home and telling you to clean...
Read More

What to Consider When Moving into a Shared Home

Communal living arrangements and shared homes are becoming a practical option for many students, people looking to save some cash,...
Read More

Minimalism and How a Move Can Begin a New Lifestyle

You are organizing and packing up your belongings for the big move and can’t help but think “What is all...
Read More

Spooky Sights and Hauntings in New Hampshire

October means fall colors, but it also means the spooky fun of Halloween. Here are few places you can visit...
Read More
Want updates like this delivered straight to your inbox?
Subscribe to our blog to receive moving tips, the latest and greatest around NH, and more. We don't share your email address with anyone and you can unsubscribe at any time.

2 thoughts on “7 Things You Should Know About New Hampshire Before You Move Here”

  1. First of all, removing the tag from a mattress is not illegal anywhere. Secondly, most every place is open on Mondays except some restaurants. Three, the taxes are not terrible because half the homeowners are summer residents who pay for full-time residents’ kids to go to school but do not get to vote.

    Whoever wrote this does not live in NH.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *