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Old 07-13-2017, 01:49 PM
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I posted a similar thread on the MA forum but I'd like to get an NH opinion as well - hope that's okay.

I'm relocating back to the USA after living abroad and I may have an interesting job opportunity in North Andover MA - therefore I'm considering living options.

I'm a 25 year old female and would be moving alone, possibly looking for a roommate(s). I don't need an area with tons of nightlife, but of course want to be able to make friends of a similar age and have access to restaurants, cultural activities, events, etc. Aesthetically pleasing is a big plus. I have some family that live near Keene and I spent some of my childhood there, so I'm familiar with the New England climate.

Any areas in NH that fit the bill and could be a relatively easy commute to N. Andover? I really like Portsmouth of course, but I think that could be a little too far in bad traffic/conditions.

Thanks for your thoughts!
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Old 07-14-2017, 12:55 PM
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Keene, as you probably figured out, and the rest of the Monadnocks, would probably NOT be a good choice. I don't think there are any great choices, but Portsmouth and Manchester would probably be the best. College towns are a bit too young, many other areas are family oriented, retiree havens, or thinly settled. And you're probably right about the commute from Portsmouth.

Andover opens up the possibility of a reverse commute, where you head north when most people are heading south. About 25 years ago, I commuted from Arlington, MA (in the heights) to NE Tewksbury, right by Andover. Cutting across Medford was a bit slow, but 93 North was full speed the whole way. Whole trip about 30 minutes. Might be different now, but I doubt it. This would open up a bunch of Millenial friendly options like Somerville. Boston and surrounds is a great youngish adult town. Not all there are students!
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