Portsmouth, NH
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Portsmouth is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Hampshire. With a population of 21,796 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Portsmouth is the 13th largest community in New Hampshire. Portsmouth has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Portsmouth home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Hampshire, but Portsmouth real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Portsmouth is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.08% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Portsmouth is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Portsmouth who work in management occupations (14.82%), sales jobs (12.68%), and office and administrative support (8.99%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Portsmouth, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

Also of interest is that Portsmouth has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Portsmouth is also a city of artists. Portsmouth has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Portsmouth’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Portsmouth telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.73% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Portsmouth, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

One of the nice things about Portsmouth is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Portsmouth. 57.91% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Portsmouth in 2010 was $47,836, which is wealthy relative to New Hampshire and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $191,344 for a family of four. However, Portsmouth contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Portsmouth is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Portsmouth home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Portsmouth residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Portsmouth include Irish, English, Italian, German, and French.

The most common language spoken in Portsmouth is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.