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 21,530 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Portsmouth is the 13th largest community in New Hampshire. Portsmouth has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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 87.55% 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 sales jobs (15.79%), management occupations (12.87%), and teaching (9.35%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.39% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

If knowledge is power, Portsmouth is a pretty powerful place. 55.33% of the adults in Portsmouth have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Portsmouth in 2010 was $42,724, which is wealthy relative to New Hampshire and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $170,896 for a family of four. However, Portsmouth contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 English, German, French , and Italian.

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