Situated in the New England portion of the country and bordering Quebec to the north, New Hampshire is one of the smallest states in the nation. The small state houses a number of prominent and attractive cities, but there has been substantial growth in housing in the Portsmouth, Manchester and Nashua areas, as a variety of communities have been built including golf course and lake areas, costal areas and smaller town home communities.
The largest city in the state is Manchester, which covers Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire and it is the largest New England metropolitan area north of Boston. The city is often rated as a favorable place to live due to its relative affordability, and it offers a number of notable retail centers and boutiques. The city is also a cultural center with a number of recognized historic buildings and notable museums. The New Hampshire Institute or Art, located in the city, has attracted a number of notable young artists. Portsmouth, a significantly smaller metropolitan area, is a small seaside city that attracts a number of tourists, particularly in the summer months. The area offers a number of historic house museums along with an array of other cultural sites. Nashua is part of the larger Boston area, and provides access to Boston cultural activities and sporting events.
The New Hampshire median household income has been ranked relatively high compared to the rest of the country, and much of the economy is based on agriculture, industry and tourism. Eggs, cattle, apples, dairy and nursery stock largely contribute to the agricultural industry in the state. Machinery, electrical equipment and rubber and plastic products have developed as major producers in the area, and coastal towns and historical sites have largely contributed to a growth in the tourist industry. While energy costs are significantly low in the area compared to other regions, property tax is typically quite high throughout the state.