New Hampshire named fifth best state for homeowners

State wins points for low foreclosure rate, lowest burglary rate

Real Estate Investment, Real Estate ValueNew Hampshire is the fifth best state to be a homeowner, according to a study released by SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company.

The study compared all 50 states across 10 metrics: median price per square foot; home value appreciation; ratio of home value to income; foreclosures per 10,000 homes; average annual homeowners insurance; burglary rate; median annual property taxes; effective property tax rate; average closing costs; and average closing costs as a percentage of median home value.

In its annual ranking, New Hampshire won points in particular for its low number of foreclosures and low burglary rate, SmartAsset said. According to July 2020 data from, there was only one foreclosure per every 125,524 homes in the state, or a rate of 0.08 per 10,000 homes, the second-lowest rate for this metric in the study. And, according to 2018 FBI crime data, New Hampshire has the lowest burglary rate – about 136 per 100,000 residents – of all 50 states.

In fact, the only real drawback cited by the study involved property taxes, which were the third-highest in the country in 2018, with a median tax bill of about $5,600. As a result, the effective property tax rate is 2.09%, the fourth-highest in the study.

The top state in the study was Wyoming. Massachusetts and Maine were sixth and seventh, respectively.

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