Cities in New Hampshire
Types of local government
Local government in New Hampshire consists of:
- Counties: There are 10 counties in New Hampshire. Although counties may adopt charters under state statutes Chapter 28-A, none have yet done so.
- Municipalities: There are 234 municipalities in New Hampshire. 13 have charters. Although some municipalities are called "cities" and others are called "towns," their legal authority does not differ.
- In addition, there are 132 special districts and 166 independent school districts.
Laws governing local ballot measures
All 13 charter cities have mandated initiative and referendum for charter amendments. Charters may also adopt initiative and referendum provisions for ordinances. All 221 towns have mandated initiative and referendum for ordinances through their town meeting form of government.
10 most populated cities
|List of Most Populated Cities in New Hampshire|
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Full List of Cities
|A guide to local ballot initiatives|
As of the 2010 Census, there are 234 incorporated cities and towns in New Hampshire. The 13 cities below specifically have charters as well. The remaining 221 municipalities are not included in the list. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.
|List of Cities and Population in New Hampshire|
- Local Government Types and Numbers Research Spreadsheet
- U.S. Census Bureau, "Governments--Individual State Descriptions, Pg. 263
- The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 study of local governments
- Ballotpedia: Types and #'s of local government by state
- US Census Bureau "City and Town Totals: Vintage 2011 (Population figures as of 2011 Census estimates)
- US Census "March 2011 Estimate of New Hampshire cities"