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Old 10-10-2010, 01:03 PM
 
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A few questions for you all on Portsmouth. I've been thinking of relocating from upstate NY and from the pair of trips to Portsmouth, it really appeals to me.

1) What can you tell me about the economy and demographics (age, incomes, professions) of the city? I've heard it has a good high-tech economy? Is this true? Is it a business-friendly city and state (NH)?

2) What would be the require cost of living for a middle-class lifestyle (with and without kids)?

3) How far is Boston from Portsmouth? One of the appeals is the short distance to the big city and the rest of New England (Maine, Vermont, the rest of Mass.).

4) How is the health care and dental care quality? Can you go get treatment in Boston out-of-state?

5) Are the restaurants as good as they're said to be? Any great grocery stores with fresh produce, seafood, and quality meat?

6) Is the shopping upscale downtown Portsmouth?

7) How are the winters (both in the area and say commuting over to Maine or Boston)? I'm sure coming from Western New York it will feel like summer to me.
Thanks for your help.
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:14 PM
 
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A few questions for you all on Portsmouth. I've been thinking of relocating from upstate NY and from the pair of trips to Portsmouth, it really appeals to me.

1) What can you tell me about the economy and demographics (age, incomes, professions) of the city? I've heard it has a good high-tech economy? Is this true? Is it a business-friendly city and state (NH)?

2) What would be the require cost of living for a middle-class lifestyle (with and without kids)?

3) How far is Boston from Portsmouth? One of the appeals is the short distance to the big city and the rest of New England (Maine, Vermont, the rest of Mass.).

4) How is the health care and dental care quality? Can you go get treatment in Boston out-of-state?

5) Are the restaurants as good as they're said to be? Any great grocery stores with fresh produce, seafood, and quality meat?

6) Is the shopping upscale downtown Portsmouth?

7) How are the winters (both in the area and say commuting over to Maine or Boston)? I'm sure coming from Western New York it will feel like summer to me.
Thanks for your help.
City Data has a LONG list of demographics. The economy is in the toilet everywhere. Depending on the industry some are worse than others.

The cost of living for what you consider middle class and decent is different than what I call decent. You may want a downtown condo and I may want a farm in the country.

Google Maps will tell you how far it is to Boston and anywhere else from Portsmouth. Don't forget traffic depending on the time of day, time of year, and events happening.

There are plenty of doctors. Your health insurance would determine whether or not you can go to Boston. Why would you if you can see a doctor locally?

You say you've been to Portsmouth a couple of times.....but you didn't eat there or shop there? I find that HARD to believe. You're on the ocean, of course there are places to get fresh seafood. Farmer's market has produce as do grocery stores.

Winter is also a personal thing. You may love 36" of snow a week and I may like 2". The roads are plowed and treated.
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:20 PM
 
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City Data has a LONG list of demographics. The economy is in the toilet everywhere. Depending on the industry some are worse than others.

The cost of living for what you consider middle class and decent is different than what I call decent. You may want a downtown condo and I may want a farm in the country.

Google Maps will tell you how far it is to Boston and anywhere else from Portsmouth. Don't forget traffic depending on the time of day, time of year, and events happening.

There are plenty of doctors. Your health insurance would determine whether or not you can go to Boston. Why would you if you can see a doctor locally?

You say you've been to Portsmouth a couple of times.....but you didn't eat there or shop there? I find that HARD to believe. You're on the ocean, of course there are places to get fresh seafood. Farmer's market has produce as do grocery stores.

Winter is also a personal thing. You may love 36" of snow a week and I may like 2". The roads are plowed and treated.
Okay...

1) Was trying to find out about what the economy Portsmouth is based on (Besides hospitality and tourism). I know the economy is in the toilet.

2) I was trying to get a salary figure on what it takes to live in the city (or right outside it). Pay your everyday bills (rent/mortgage, the associated monthly bills that go with that, car payment, food, going out for dinner and entertainment every once in a while, ect.)? I know this isn't a hard figure due to the variables, but was looking for a general idea.

3) Google Maps is helpful, it isn't always reliable.

4) I currently go to Boston for specialized treatment that they can provide. My question was more on specialists than the general physician and routine treatments.

5) I only taken three day trips to Portsmonth. Only eaten at two restaurants, the Brewery and the old restaurant that was in the place where Mombo now sits. Not much to go on. Wanted to find out if any quality markets (farmers, quality bakeries, butcher or seafood markets) were around?

6) How many storms do you get? Are the winters long and brutal?
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:26 PM
 
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Okay...

1) Was trying to find out about what the economy Portsmouth is based on (Besides hospitality and tourism). I know the economy is in the toilet.

2) I was trying to get a salary figure on what it takes to live in the city (or right outside it). Pay your everyday bills (rent/mortgage, the associated monthly bills that go with that, car payment, food, going out for dinner and entertainment every once in a while, ect.)? I know this isn't a hard figure due to the variables, but was looking for a general idea.

3) Google Maps is helpful, it isn't always reliable.

4) I currently go to Boston for specialized treatment that they can provide. My question was more on specialists than the general physician and routine treatments.

5) I only taken three day trips to Portsmonth. Only eaten at two restaurants, the Brewery and the old restaurant that was in the place where Mombo now sits. Not much to go on. Wanted to find out if any quality markets (farmers, quality bakeries, butcher or seafood markets) were around?

6) How many storms do you get? Are the winters long and brutal?
Like I said, a lot of your questions vary from person to person and are subjective. There are people who could live comfortably on $20K a year and others who would barely survive on $150K. Best thing you can do is Google a Cost of Living calculator and see what it is for where you live currently and what it would be in Portsmouth.

You didn't ask about specialists or specific treatments. If you want to know what's available, you have to ask for what you are looking for and not just doctors. Doctors are all over the place.

Portsmouth is on the coast, of course there is seafood! Plenty of it. There's farmer's markets. Fabulous bakeries and amazing restaurants.

About the winter.....what one considers long and brutal others don't. My husband loves snow and I detest it. He loves storms and shoveling and I think it's torture. Every year the number of storms vary. Also you get snow without a storm.
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Old 10-12-2010, 05:07 AM
 
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Coming from upstate NY, you shouldn't find the winters too bad. Depending on your health care plan and/or the specialist, location probably isn't as much a factor as a referral from your primary care physician. That really hasn't much to do with Portsmouth, other than the drive -- which is about an hour.
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:25 AM
 
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Coming from upstate NY, you shouldn't find the winters too bad. Depending on your health care plan and/or the specialist, location probably isn't as much a factor as a referral from your primary care physician. That really hasn't much to do with Portsmouth, other than the drive -- which is about an hour.
I guess the last part is more about the health insurance itself.
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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Like I said, a lot of your questions vary from person to person and are subjective. There are people who could live comfortably on $20K a year and others who would barely survive on $150K. Best thing you can do is Google a Cost of Living calculator and see what it is for where you live currently and what it would be in Portsmouth.

You didn't ask about specialists or specific treatments. If you want to know what's available, you have to ask for what you are looking for and not just doctors. Doctors are all over the place.

Portsmouth is on the coast, of course there is seafood! Plenty of it. There's farmer's markets. Fabulous bakeries and amazing restaurants.

About the winter.....what one considers long and brutal others don't. My husband loves snow and I detest it. He loves storms and shoveling and I think it's torture. Every year the number of storms vary. Also you get snow without a storm.
Thanks for the info. I'll check out the cost of living. I just wanted to find out if the cost of living isn't like it is in the Boston area.

I do love seafood. Other than fish fries, it isn't something you find often here. Sometimes, however, you go to a big-tourist place and the restaurants tend to be tourist traps. After reading up some more, it appears to have a lot of great, quality options.

The best part I like is the location of Portsmouth. A hour to Boston/Western MA, 2 hrs or so to Cape Cod, Kittery, Maine is just next door (which has the outlets and some great restaurants from what I hear). Portland and Manchester are close-by as well. Not to mention access to the airports, such as Boston and Manchester, that have competitive multi-daily flights to most US cities and international destinations. Throw on top of it the benefits of being in NH from the taxes and the ability to breathe, so to speak, in comparison to Boston.

I think I just sold myself.

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Old 10-12-2010, 01:14 PM
 
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I think I just sold myself.
Yes, Portsmouth really is a wonderful place to live. Your initial post seems to look for a reality check on that expectation -- as if to ask, surely, there must be downsides -- but Portsmouth is simply fantastic.

We live in Amherst, so for us the downside was finding a big yard in our price range. Otherwise, we would have settled in Portsmouth.
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Old 10-13-2010, 01:43 PM
 
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Yes, Portsmouth really is a wonderful place to live. Your initial post seems to look for a reality check on that expectation -- as if to ask, surely, there must be downsides -- but Portsmouth is simply fantastic.

We live in Amherst, so for us the downside was finding a big yard in our price range. Otherwise, we would have settled in Portsmouth.
You could said that. Thanks!

Strange question, but is the TV and radio channels fed mostly from Boston? Is the Boston Globe or Herald widely distributed or is it mostly the Portsmouth Herald?
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Old 10-13-2010, 02:20 PM
 
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You could said that. Thanks!

Strange question, but is the TV and radio channels fed mostly from Boston? Is the Boston Globe or Herald widely distributed or is it mostly the Portsmouth Herald?
Portsmouth (and NH in general) isn't much under the influence of Boston (or MA in general) if that's what you are asking. I'm sure there are plenty of people who get the Globe, but probably not as many as get the Union Leader or Portsmouth Herald. Personally, I'm more interested in my own local news than someone else's local news. With that said, I am only projecting a guess at what other people are interested in news-wise; really, I haven't paid much attention to it.
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