Where I Want To Live

New Hampshire, Canada, or Alaska?

Living in NH

NH is a safe, economically stable and generally good place to live. First of all...

  • The crime rate is relatively low at an average of just over 2,000 crimes per 100,000 people
  • New Hampshire is the sixth richest state in the United States of America, with a per capita income of $31,871 as of the 2011 American Community Survey 1-year estimates
  • New Hampshire's lack of a broad-based tax system has resulted in the state's local communities having some of the nation's highest property taxes. However, the state's overall tax burden is relatively low; in 2010 New Hampshire ranked 44th highest among states in combined average state and local tax burden.
  • New Hampshire has more than 80 public high schools, many of which serve more than one town. The largest is Pinkerton Academy in Derry, which is owned by a private non-profit organization and serves as the public high school of a number of neighboring towns. There are at least 30 private high schools in the state.
  • A Pew survey showed that the religious affiliations of the people of New Hampshire was as follows: Protestant 34%, Catholic 29%, LDS (Mormon) 1%, Jewish 1%, Jehovah's Witness 0.5%, Muslim 0.5%, Buddhist 1%, Hindu 0.5% and non-religious at 26%.
  • Climate: cold winters and warm, humid summers.
  • Unemployment rate is 5.1% as of 2013.
  • The recent Census Bureau report shows New Hampshire has the highest median household income in the country at $65,028 over the two-year period of 2008-09.
  • Recreation: Skiing/snowboarding! NH has some of the biggest and best ski resorts in the region.
  • New Hampshire Racial Breakdown of Population
  • Racial composition (2010)
  • White 93.9%
  • Asian 2.2%
  • Black 1.1%
  • Native 0.2%
  • Other race 0.9%
  • Two or more races 1.6%
  • New Hampshire's most popular sport: hockey.

Living in Toronto, Canada

  • Crime: one of the safest cities in North America, at just over 3 homicides per 100,000 people
  • GDP per capita: $38,997
  • Schools: Canada ranks in the top ten in the world for reading scores on standardized tests.
  • Tax brackets: between 15 and 29%
  • Toronto is a racially diverse city, the racial make up is:
  • 50.2% White
  • 12.7% East Asian; 10.8% Chinese, 1.4% Korean, 0.5% Japanese
  • 12.3% South Asian
  • 8.5% Black
  • 7.0% Southeast Asian; 5.1% Filipino
  • 2.8% Latin American
  • 2.0% West Asian
  • 1.1% Arab
  • 0.7% Aboriginal; 0.5% First Nations, 0.2% Metis
  • 1.5% Multiracial; 1.7% including Metis
  • 1.3% Other
  • In 2011, the most commonly reported religion in Toronto was Christianity, with 54.1% of the population adhering to this group. The census reports that a plurality, 28.2%, of the city's population is Catholic, followed by Protestant (11.9%), Christian Orthodox at (4.3%), and other Christian denominations (9.7%). With the city's significant number of Methodist Christians, Toronto was sometimes referred to as the Methodist Rome. Other religions in the city are Islam (8.2%), Hinduism (5.6%), Judaism (3.8%), Buddhism (2.7%), and Sikhism (0.8%). Those with no religious affiliation made up 24.2% of Toronto's population.
  • Climate: very similar to NH, in that it has cold winters and warm, humid summers.
  • Unemployment rate: 8.1%
  • Median household income: $68,110
  • Most popular sport: Ice hockey as well!
  • Recreation: again, go skiing, or go play some hockey.

Living in TExas

  • Crime rate: 3,770 crimes per 100,000 people in 2012.
  • GDP per capita: $40,147
  • Schools: not so good. Texas ranks worst in high school graduation rate
  • Taxes: According to the Tax Foundation, Texans' state and local tax burdens are among the lowest in the nation, 7th lowest nationally, with state and local taxes costing $3,580 per capita, or 8.7% of resident incomes.[29] Texas is one of only 7 states not to have a state income tax.[29][30] The state sales tax rate, 6.25%, is above the national medium, with localities adding up to 2% (8.25% total).
  • Religion:
  • Roman Catholic 28%
  • Baptist 21%
  • No religion 11%
  • Methodist 8%
  • Christian—Others 7%
  • Lutheran 3%
  • Pentecostal 3%
  • Presbyterian 2%
  • Non-denominational 2%
  • Mormon 2%
  • Episcopalian 1%
  • Muslim 1%
  • Jehovah's Witnesses 1%
  • Assemblies of God 1%
  • Church of God 1%
  • Other 2%
  • Racial composition 2010[180]
  • White 70.4%
  • Black 11.9%
  • Asian 3.8%
  • Native 0.7%
  • Other race 10.5%
  • Two or more races 2.7%
  • Climate: The large size of Texas and its location at the intersection of multiple climate zones gives the state highly variable weather. The Panhandle of the state has colder winters than North Texas, while the Gulf Coast has mild winters.
  • Unemployment rate: 6.1% as of 2013
  • Median household income: $51,563
  • Most popular sport: football!
  • Recreation: football games, anything redneck, poker, etc.

Where I Would Like To Live

I would like to stay in NH when I grow older. NH is a generally good state to live in, with a low crime rate of just over 2,000 crimes per 100,000 people. I'll probably get a pretty good income, after finding a job - the unemployment rate is only 5.1% after all. My kids will be secure and have a good school, with the 80+ public schools offered, or if that's not good enough- there are plenty of private schools state-wide that would suffice. I will have a place to practice whatever religion I may choose, as well as have plenty of fun things to do in my free time. This just all adds to my desire to live here, with only a slight touch of bias of myself being raised here...

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