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New Hampshire is a state that personifies everything Yankee.  The state was a part of Massachusetts Bay Colony until it was split off and granted its own status as a colony of the British Crown in 1673.  Today New Hampshire is known as a state of cautious and conservative leaders unlike its neighbors to the east and west, Maine and Vermont.  That was not, apparently, the case in 1776 as their delegates had been sufficiently predominant in the revolutionary rabble-rousing that they were given the honor of being the first to sign the Declaration of Independence.


The state’s poor soil and abundance of rivers turned it into an industrial area early on.  Driving north today on the interstate, as you enter Manchester New Hampshire today you will see 19th century brick mills and factories lining the riverbank alongside the highway like a scene out of a Dickens novel.  It remains an industrial state and as Massachusetts has become the technology center of the Northeast, some of those new enterprises have spilled into New Hampshire.  Portions of southern New Hampshire have become suburbs of Boston, particularly because New Hampshire has held fast to its policy of no state income taxes.


Tourism is a big part of the state’s economy.  Skiers are drawn to the White Mountains in the state’s north central region during the winter and summer vacationers seek out the lakes in the state’s central area: Lake Winnipesaukee being only the largest of the state’s 1200 lakes and ponds that dot the rural landscape.  In the fall, the changing foliage and apple picking season draws yet a third wave of visitors to the state.


The New England snows and warm, humid summers have left much of the state retaining the charm of its historic New England Villages connected by two lane roads.  In part because of the southern state’s connection to the Massachusetts economic machine, median income in the state ranks fifth in the nation.  It is no longer a sleepy state of taciturn Yankee farmers, nor has it been for some time. 


Some claim that the biggest industry in the state is the presidential primary that comes along every four years.  The state legislature goes through periodic convolutions to ensure its status as the first primary in the country, when other states show the temerity to move the date forward for their primaries or caucuses.


The state is home to Dartmouth, one of the Ivy League schools.  There is a good public higher education system, with the University of New Hampshire and a number of public state colleges.  For out of state students, tuition at the University is just under $20,000 per year.  If you want to get into the high tech industrial conglomeration in and around Boston, New Hampshire might be a reasonable living alternative because of the housing costs in Massachusetts. 


If that is a choice that you make having secured employment in Massachusetts, distance learning will be a worthwhile consideration if you need to upgrade your higher education status in order to pursue educational opportunities.  Boston University has gotten into the online delivery of higher education: they have a Department of Online Education that you can visit at
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