Quality of Life
"I could really live here." That's what people so often say when they first "discover" Portsmouth and the Seacoast region. They can sense immediately the confluence of those elements that make life worthwhile. There is the sea, of course, the finger-like rivers of the Piscataqua and its speeding tides. There is the sense of history all around, the excitement of the Arts, and the pulse of festivals, concerts and events.
There is also that persistent Yankee attention to politics, touched with wry humor. But if you think this community is tied to the old ways--think again. The region is wired into the future, high-tech and forward-thinking, yet rooted in its New England past. In fact, this region was recognized as #2 in the country in per capita high-tech workers and New Hampshire is one of the most wired states in the union with more than 85 percent of its inhabitants tied into the worldwide web.
There are shops and more fine restaurants per capita than places like Boston, Seattle, LA and Chicago. And Portsmouth is just an hour by car from Boston, Manchester, Concord and Portland, Maine. The city has its own airport, an expanding infrastructure of public transportation, and proximity to new railroad lines and, of course, its longstanding ancient link to the sea.
Portsmouth and the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and Southern Maine is dedicated to preserving every possible acre of precious open field, wetlands, and shore. And it is populated, not surprisingly, by people who care deeply about keeping life here perpetually good.