Where would I want to live?
With input on Canada and New Hampshire
By- Wyatt Hoppa
New Hampshire...Or Not?
This would be where you live...
What you may not have known!
Crime Rate: New Hampshire is one of the safest states in the country, with only 25 crimes per every thousand people.
Climate: It also has one of the most diverse climate in the country- Hot summers, and frigid winters, with incredibly beautiful autumns.
Taxes: Also a plus- New Hampshire doesn't have a sales tax, or an income tax. On the downside, the property tax is one of the highest in the country
Religion: Only 36% of New Hampshire is religious, with 24% being Catholic and the other 12% being multiple other religions.
Unemployment: 5.1% unemployment in New Hampshire
Professional Sports Teams: None. Unless the Manchester Monarchs and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats count, there are no pro sports to cheer for in New Hampshire.
Property Value; The average property value of NH is about $379,000, with the cheapest county being $151,862, and the highest county average being $454,179.
Schools: New Hampshire has some of the best schools in the Nation, ranking number 3 and 4 on multiple articles
Racial Makeup: Almost 100% Caucasian
Economy: Most of New Hampshire's economy is in tourism and schooling. So unless you are a teacher or you work for a tourist company, New Hampshire doesn't have the job for you.
Even better- Ontario
Climate: In the summer, the temperature can fly above 90 degrees (F), while in the winter, it can plummet to -40 degrees (F). Rainfall is normal throughout the year in the Great Lakes area, while it is normally dry further north.
Taxes: There is a 13% sales tax in Ontario, with income taxes ranging from 5% to 13%. The property tax is not a set rate.
Religion: The most prominent religions are Protestant and Catholic, with only 17% of Ontario being irreligious.
Unemployment: 7.9% unemployment rate, which is 2.8% more than New Hampshire.
Pro Sports: There are multiple professional sports clubs in Ontario, such as the Toronto Blue Jays, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Ottawa Senators, the Toronto Raptors, the Toronto Argo-Nauts, the Ottawa Redblacks, Toronto FC, and Ottawa Fury FC. There are more, but these are the most major between Ottawa and Toronto.
Property Values: the median property value in Ontario is $285,000,m a bit less than NH
Schools: Schools Ontario wide are not ranked by the Canadian government, but province-wide testing reveals that only 53% of Ontario students are proficient in math, with 76% proficient in reading/writing.
Racial Makeup: Ontario is 75.4% white, with a multitude of minority groups, such as Asian, African, and Arab.
Economy: Ontario's economy is extremely diverse, with manufacturing, finance, technology, forestry, agriculture, and mining.
But what about Massachusetts?
Climate: There are actually very different climates throughout the state: the western and the eastern. The west is far colder than the east, with colder winters and summers. The east, running along the Atlantic Ocean, is much warmer than the west. The average winter temperature in the west is 22 degrees, while the summer average is 68 degrees. The east, however, has a winter average of 30 degrees, and a summer average of 75 degrees, noticeable warmer than the western side of the state.
Taxes: The income tax for Mass. is 5.25%, the sales tax is 6.25%, and the property tax is .8% to 13%.
Religion: 43% of Massachusetts is religious, out of the 57% religious in Mass.
Unemployment: 7.2% of all of Massachusetts is unemployed, compared to the 5.1% of New Hampshire.
Pro Sports: There are multiple professional sports clubs in Massachusetts, such as the Boston Bruins, the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, and the New England Revolution.
Property Values: The average price per home is $314,700, a touch lower than New Hampshire.
Schools: Massachusetts students are ranked number 1 in the NAEP test, a test given country wide to compare school quality in math and reading. Boston, Mass, also has some of the best colleges in the world, such as Harvard, MIT, and Boston College.
Racial Makeup: Mass is 83.7% white, 8% black, and a whole lot of other races. such as Hawaiian, Asian, and Latino.
Economy: The Massachusetts economy is extremely diverse, with agriculture, mining, manufacturing, fishing, and services. Now, the services include finance, private health care, private schools, law firms, computer programming and network services, engineering companies. Boston is the medical research center of the world as well.
So...Where Do I Want To Go?
As for Canada, I think that it is great, however, Boston is where I want to be. Switching countries seems to be a hassle, and I really don't want to go through it all if I have all I need right here in Boston.
"Crime Rates in New Hampshire." Neighborhood Scout. Location Incorporated, - - 2013. Web. 16 Mar 2014.
"Crime Rates in Massachusetts." Neighborhood Scout. Location Incorporated, - - 2013. Web. 16 Mar 2014.