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Today the historic area supports businesses and the aviation industry.

Welcome to Portsmouth

A historical, hip town with the best of nature as its backdrop.
The coastal and vibrant New England town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, oozes charm and history. This walkable city provides everything from beautiful green spaces to quaint shops, coffee houses, and nightlife. Approximately 22,000 people take pride in calling this community home. 
The Naval shipyard dating back to the 1800s marks the site of the 1905 signing of the Treaty of Portsmouth. Today the historic area supports businesses and the aviation industry.
The residents of Portsmouth experience all four seasons. Though their winters get relatively cold and snowy, the temperatures rarely drop into the single digits. The comfortably warm summers don't get too humid, and the fall colors create an iconic scenic backdrop.

What to Love

  • A coastal city with beautiful seaside views
  • Plenty of boating and water sports
  • Vibrant history
  • An impressive art scene, from music to visual arts and theater
  • Urban feel surrounded by nature
  • Breweries and wine bars

Local Lifestyle

The residents of Portsmouth love the feel of a small town while simultaneously knowing that history surrounds them.
Geographically, the coastline measures relatively short at about 17 miles, but they pack a lot of entertainment into the area, especially in the summer with outdoor concerts and activities. In addition to the arts, Portsmouth continues to gain a reputation as a foodie city. Locals and tourists love specialty restaurants, craft breweries, and wine bars.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

When you think of dining in New England, delicious, fresh seafood comes to mind, and Portsmouth doesn't disappoint when it comes to seafood. Surf offers a menu emphasizing cuisine from the ocean, and they will serve you indoors or out from Wednesday through Sunday. If you feel like a succulent steak, head to the Library Restaurant. Located in the historic Rockingham House, this elegant restaurant serves steak and traditional New England fare while antiques and architectural treasures surround you. The Martingale Wharf represents the ultimate in seaside dining. Not only will you savor some of the freshest seafood, but they will also serve you on their historic waterfront patio. The Press Room offers a terrific option if you're looking for an excellent place for dinner and want to hear some great live music. For a night out in town head to Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club to experience a delicious meal paired with a one of a kind musical show. 
If you like to shop, you'll find some unique shopping experiences in Portsmouth. Pickwick's Dining and Shopping offers a one-stop shop for pub-style dining and a variety of retail shops such as apothecaries, candles, shaving and grooming, and a bookstore. Their tagline is “Experience Wonder.” If you're looking for women's clothing and accessories and love the personal attention you get in an actual boutique, Evie offers you the perfect shopping experience. Residents of Portsmouth wanting something unique in the way of home furnishings and décor might end up shopping at Seavey's Market Place or Weekender House. And to experience something completely different, you must try Wild Valentine. This establishment combines a gourmet coffee house with an imaginative florist specializing in weddings.

Things to Do

If you're a music lover, many restaurants offer live music. Prescott Park also offers free concerts and musical theater during the summer and fall as it surrounds you with beautiful gardens. You may also want to check out what's in store at The Music Hall.
Other art venues include 3S Artspace and The Portsmouth Film Festival. For and fun and possibly scary twist on history, try taking a Portsmouth Ghost Tour.
And, if you enjoy exploring the craft beer scene, Portsmouth's options seem unending. Check out all the options here. If you're more into wine, don't miss a trip to Raleigh Wine Bar + Eatery.
Heritage Boat Cruises will provide a relaxing and interesting trip if you want to enjoy some time on the water.


The Little Harbour Elementry School serves students in grade K--5. It is one of the highest-rated public schools in New Hampshire.

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Overview for Portsmouth, NH

21,897 people live in Portsmouth, where the median age is 42.2 and the average individual income is $62,756. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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42.2 years

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Around Portsmouth, NH

There's plenty to do around Portsmouth, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including India Bazaar, The Islander Cafe, and La Mulita Coffee.

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Dining 2.53 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.49 miles 16 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.95 miles 16 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.9 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.94 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.78 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Schools in Portsmouth, NH

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