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Old 04-03-2006, 12:20 AM
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I've heard manchester has a pop. of around 100,000 people and albuquerque has around 480,000 people, has anyone been to Albq and could tell me how big of a difference this would be in moving to manchester.
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:57 AM
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Never been to NM but southern NH is very influenced by Boston in many ways. Manch is a small but growing city, but New Englanders do not like change so growth takes a very long time here. Most all towns around the city are small, there are something like over 200 seperate towns in the state.
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Old 04-05-2006, 06:03 PM
Location: Portland, Maine
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I lived in Salem, NH for years, Manchester is getting crowded, but the outskirts have some nice homes to offer relative to income. Auburn, Raymond,
are very rural and affordable. There are plenty of converted space (warehouses, mills) that have been renovated for condos or apartments if you'd rather be in the actual city. Growing yet not out of control YET.
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Old 04-28-2006, 09:15 AM
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Default Don't do it

Its down right cold here most of the time and the sky opens up around November or earlier and doesn't close until April. Check the weather forecast for the amount of snow we get here... If I had a choice I would live in the south.

I live in a small town outside of Manchester, its called Auburn. The taxes go up every year, small town politics are hard to deal with, everyone is related and its all about the money. The developers don't care they come and build huge homes and leave.

The fees to register a car are out rageous.

As soon as my husband retires, we are going south.

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Old 05-31-2006, 07:13 PM
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I have lived in southern NH all of my life. I am married with children now and both my husband and I have chosen to stay in NH. New Hampshire is an amazing state to live in. We have both traveled, my husband more so as he was in the military and now travels occasionally for work. Although, we both enjoy seeing other places and appreciate their beauty, we still feel that there is no place like NH. The winters are not so bad, they are quite beautiful actually. The fall, there is nothing like it anywhere else other than here in Northern New England. If you like to experiece all four seasons, this is the place! I too, live in a small town, being part of it is rewarding, you do have a voice AND it matters! I have also lived in Manchester, and for "city" living it isn't so bad either. As for the couple from Auburn, to each their own, some like it better elsewhere, that is ok. But, I wouldn't knock it for others. Auburn too is a quaint beautiful little town. New Hampshire towns are wonderful places to raise a family or settle down into for an easier, slower lifestyle than the hussle and bussle of life. Imagine hiking along beautiful mountains breathing our fresh clean air or sitting by a quiet beautful lake enjoying something to drink while reading a great book. Fishing, or deep sea fishing on the Atlantic. We have it all here in New Hampshire.
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Old 06-01-2006, 02:27 PM
Location: Boise
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I've driven through Albuquerque a few times, and been to Manchester a few times too. A couple years ago, I moved from Idaho to Maine, and I really wish I had stopped a few hundred miles earlier, in Manchester. Manchester's beautiful (like Maine). There are a few things you should watch out for, but if I were you, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

In the interest of full disclosure, I don't live in NH, and never have. To all the NH residents: if I say something incorrect, please correct me.

NH residents don't have income tax, and they don't have sales tax. The state still needs money to provide services though, so you pay higher than normal property tax and vehicle registration tax. Oh, and you'll also have to learn to deal with toll booths. They're all over here in the northeast, something I never had to deal with in the west.

For what it's woth, New Hampshire is always rated as having the lowest (or near the lowest) tax burden on its citizens. (Maine is nearly always almost the worst, but I digress.)

The cost of electricity and heat in Maine is much, much worse than it was for me in Idaho. My electricity bill doubled (went from 7ish cents /kwh to around 14 cents / kwh). My heat bill went up 5x (at least). I live in an old 1900's home, heated with heating oil. My heating costs went to $350/mo, every month. (Overpay in the summer to make up for underpay in the winter.) I imagine around Manchester, they have natural gas, which would be more affordable. Just keep in mind that the cost of heating oil is truly outrageous compared to what I was used to paying out west. Avoid buying a house that uses heating oil, if at all possible.
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Old 09-14-2008, 07:00 AM
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Exclamation moving to Manchester, Nh from Albuquerque, NM

Originally Posted by councilor j View Post
I've heard manchester has a pop. of around 100,000 people and albuquerque has around 480,000 people, has anyone been to Albq and could tell me how big of a difference this would be in moving to manchester.
Well for one, if you want to be bored out of your mind...move to Manchester. Been to ABQ on many occasions and there is no way you will be happy. The drive to Boston stinks, the beauty of the area is great but the landscape in Abq is much more diverse. Cost of living is higher, weather rainy, dark,too much snow..............stay West.
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Old 09-14-2008, 01:30 PM
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I've lived in Albuquerque since 1991, and am originally from MA. I'm looking to get the hell out of NM in the next couple years and move up to NH. I'm sick of the ridiculously high violent crime rate, ridiculously high DWI rate, the ridiculously high school dropout rate, the gangs, the ridiculous number of people that don't speak a word of English, the racism, the crappy job market and crappy pay (yes, even if you have a degree). Heathcare is scary here...public schools suck (some high schools have as high as 40% drop out).
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Old 09-15-2008, 05:18 AM
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Check my post on your other thread.
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Old 10-10-2009, 07:06 AM
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If you are a New Englander through and through do not move west NM or the west coast. The west is open minded and friendly. New Englanders are neither. New Englanders are like their weather gray and depressed. Not to insult you but that is my opinion. I own a house on the coast of Maine and am from the west coast, but I live in New Mexico most of the year. Yes NM wages are low, and there is violence. But something about this places represents racial and monetary equality. But then if you are white and used to being around white folks and a bland Christian culture NM is not for you.
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