30. Windham, NH

City of Windham Windham, NH

Top 50 rank: 30

Population: 13,599

Windham attracts professionals who want to live near Boston while enjoying New Hampshire’s tax structure (no sales or income taxes) and quaint atmosphere.

Natural beauty abounds: The town boasts a pond, a lake, and 1,500 acres of recreation and conservation land. Windham has a quiet town center with little commercial development and relies on the amenities of neighboring Salem. The town’s first high school just opened its doors in 2009 and has earned good reviews. –K.F.

Windham, NH

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $124,655
Job growth % (2010-2012) 2.52%
Median home price (2012) $340,000
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 15.0%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 19.7%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 11


Median family income (per year) $124,655
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $88,489
Sales tax (state) 0.00%
State income tax rate (highest bracket) 0.00%
State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 0.00%
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $1,452
Job growth % (2010-2012) 2.52%


Median home price (2012) $340,000
Average property taxes N.A.


Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 26
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 15.0%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 19.7%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 94.5/5.5

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 89.1%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 11
Median commute time (in minutes) 30.4
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 27.8%
% population walk or bike to work 1.4%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 15
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 1,793
Bars (within 15 miles) 169
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 180
Libraries (within 15 miles) 43
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 24
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.6


Annual rainfall (inches) 37.6
% clear days in the area 55%
High temp in July ° F 82.9°
Low temp in Jan ° F 14.5°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 41.7
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 70.1%
Married % 65.2%
Divorced % 4.9%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 17.6
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