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This page contains a list of cities in New Hampshire, and other information about local governments.

New Hampshire allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 10 total counties in New Hampshire. All 10 are subject to General law.[1]

There are 234 total municipalities in New Hampshire. Of those 234, 221 of them are General law municipalities while the remaining 13 are Charter/Home rule cities.[1]

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.[2]
  • In addition, there are 132 special districts and 166 independent school districts.[3]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in New Hampshire

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.[4]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in New Hampshire
City[5] Population City Type Next election
Manchester 109,830 Charter N/A
Nashua 86,704 Charter N/A
Concord 42,733 Charter N/A
Dover 30,168 Charter N/A
Rochester 29,935 Charter N/A
Keene 23,354 Charter N/A
Portsmouth 20,848 Charter N/A
Laconia 15,986 Charter N/A
Claremont 13,268 Charter N/A
Lebanon 13,120 Charter N/A

Full List of Cities

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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.[6]

See also