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Quality of Life

We work hard and play hard, and that gives Rochester and New Hampshire high marks for quality of life

Rochester sits at the heart of New Hampshire’s Seacoast region and has a four-season climate that offers the perfect setting for the best of New England’s recreation.  There are several freshwater lakes nearby, including New Hampshire’s Lakes Region and Lake Winnepesaukee. The state’s best beaches are just 30 minutes away and the White Mountains with hiking, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding are just an hour away.  Rochester hosts events year round, from concerts, family events and the weekly Rochester Farmer’s Market during the warm weather months to the annual Granite State Fair (formerly known as the Rochester Fair), an old fashioned agricultural fair held in mid-September with a carnival, demolition derby and circus events.  Rochester Recreation & Arena oversees multiple indoor and outdoor recreation areas, include an ice arena, parks, trails, a kayak launch and tennis courts.  Visit Facilities and Parks | rochesternh for more information.

A great place to raise a family

Just as important to quality of life is education, and the city has a robust public K-12 education system including public kindergarten, eight public elementary, middle and senior high schools. Of special note are the Maple Street Magnet School, serving grades K-5 and the Richard W. Creteau Technology Center, which offers hands-on career and technical education for high school juniors and seniors. The city also has three local campuses offering post-secondary education: University of New Hampshire, and Great Bay Community College.

All the amenities right at home, and just a jump to New England’s metro hubs

Portsmouth, NH is less than 30 minutes, Portland, Maine just 60 minutes and Boston 80 minutes away. With the cost of living in Rochester among the lowest in the region, there are more reasons than ever to live, shop and relax in Rochester. In recent years, the city has undergone a transformation, with the construction of new retail developments and the ongoing revitalization of the city’s cultural center, its picturesque and historic downtown district. We also are home to the Rochester Farmer’s Market, Frisbie Memorial Hospital,  an acute care hospital and several arts and cultural organizations: the Rochester Public Library, Granite State Choral Society, Strafford Wind Symphony, the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts and Rochester Opera House – an historic non-profit performing arts stage built in 1908.