New Hampshire has residential homes available for rent, followed by apartments, waterfront homes, townhouses, and condos. The state has a slightly higher than average cost of living and offers major recreation attractions such as skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports. Hiking, mountaineering, and motor sports are other popular activities.
Hillsborough County in New Hampshire has two county seats, Manchester and Nashua. It is New England's most populous country and is very densely populated. Nashua has been recognized as commercial, entertainment, and dining destination as well as a growing home to technical firms and retail shopping. Manchester is known for its affordability and livability with a reputation for being a business-friendly city and home to retail stores and higher education institutions. Rockingham County is known for its natural attractions, such as the Rockingham County Botanical Garden, the Robert Frost Farm, Canobie Lake Park, and its seacoast and resort towns. Another attraction is the Strawbery Banke Museum, a collection of historic buildings. Merrimack County is home to Mount Kearsarge and the John Hay National Wildlife Refuge. Strafford County, which is part of the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metropolitan Statistical Area, is in close proximity to the educational centers of Boston and Cambridge, in addition to arts, culture, and history.
New Hampshire's most prominent industry is agriculture, primarily in dairy, nursery stock, cattle, apples and eggs. Other major industries include machinery, rubber, plastics, and tourism. Textiles, shoe making, and small machining shops were once part of New England's economic base but currently have less of an impactful role. Healthcare is New Hampshire's biggest employer, with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center leading the pack, followed by Elliott Hospital. The education sector is the next largest employer, with the University System of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College being the largest institutions of this group. The UA Local 788 Marine Pipefitter is the state's naval shipyards and the largest government sector employer.