The State

History and tradition

New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional district covers the western portion of the state and includes the cities of Nashua and Concord. It had a population  of 618,211 in 2000, and a median income of 48, 762. Its population is 96 percent white.

New Hampshire was one of the original 13 colonies. It borders Massachusetts to the south, Vermont to the west, Maine and the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Canada to the north.

Government and politics

New Hampshire holds the first Presidential primary in the nation every four years, and has a strong democratic tradition.

The state motto is “Live Free or Die,” and the state nickname is “The Granite State,” after both the popular rock produced in the state and the population’s seemingly resilient nature.

New Hampshire has no sales tax, and personal income is not taxed at the state or local levels. Same-sex marriage is recognized in the state, and it generates a good deal of revenue from tourism.

Electoral maps

Click here to see maps of the districts and counties in NH and how they’ve voted in previous elections.

Fun NH facts

  1. Of the thirteen original colonies, New Hampshire was the first to declare its independence from Mother England — a full six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed.
  2. The highest wind speed recorded at ground level is at Mt. Washington, on April 12, 1934. The winds were three times as fast as those in most hurricanes.
  3. New Hampshire is the only state that ever played host at the formal conclusion of a foreign war. In 1905, Portsmouth was the scene of the treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War.
  4. The first potato planted in the United States was at Londonderry Common Field in 1719.
  5. Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., the first American to travel in space is from East Derry, New Hampshire.
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