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New Hampshire
( The Granite State )
New Hampshire Map One of the original 13 states (it entered the Union in 1788), New Hampshire was named after the English county of Hampshire. New Hampshire is called the "Granite State" because of its numerous granite quarries; the nickname may also reflect the state's attachment to tradition and its history of a frugal government. There are no general sales or individual income taxes, which fits with the state motto of "Live free or die". A relatively small state, New Hampshire plays a major role every four years in the presidential election, as it holds the first primary election. New Hampshire was first settled in 1623, just three years after the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts. New Hampshire's history is the story of the transformation of a wilderness to farmland and then to a thriving industrial society. Visitors to New Hampshire enjoy a great variety of recreational activities in six major vacation areas: the White Mountains region, the Lakes area, the Seacoast region, the Merrimack Valley area, the Monadnock region, and the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee area. The state offers rugged mountains, blue lakes, sandy beaches and quiet villages. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in New Hampshire include: Randy Harrison,

The Flag of New Hampshire
New Hampshire state flag Ratified the Constitution in 1788 as the ninth state; flag adopted in 1909, modified in 1932. The importance in New Hampshire of shipbuilding during the Revolutionary War is suggested by the State seal. The nine stars correspond to New Hampshire's rank among the States.

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Manchester, 107,006; Nashua, 86,605; Concord, 40,687; Derry town, 34,021; Rochester, 28,461; Salem town, 28,112; Dover, 26,884; Merrimack town, 25,119; Londonderry town, 23,236; Hudson town, 22,928
Business and Trade in New Hampshire
Agriculture: Dairy products, nursery stock, cattle, apples, eggs.

Industries: Machinery, electric equipment, rubber and plastic products, tourism.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Purple Finch
  • Flower: Purple Lilac (syringa vulgaris)
  • Tree: White Birch (betula papyrifera)
  • Song(s): Old New Hampshire
  • Motto: Live Free or Die

New Hampshire Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Surry Mountain Lake - KEENE
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site - Cornish
Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - Durham
Blackwater Dam - Franklin
Otter Brook Lake - Keene
capital  Capital: Concord

statehood  Statehood: 1788-06-21

population  Population:
1,235,786 (137.8 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 9,349.94
    Water 381.84
    Land 8,968.10
    Rank 44th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In New Hampshire, there are 547,024 housing units, averaging to 61 per sq mile.

Posters and Artwork
Manchester, New Hampshire - View of Queen City Bridge
Manchester, New Hampshire - View of Queen City Bridge
Giclee Print 12" x 9"

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