New Hampshire Business Opportunities

Lake Winnipesaukee and the Ossipee Mountains
Lake Winnipesaukee and the Ossipee Mountains[1]

A Quick Glance at New Hampshire

New Hampshire, whose nickname is The Granite State, first obtained its statehood in 1788. With a population of 1,323,459 people, New Hampshire is the forty-second most populated state in the United States.

If you are considering starting your new business in New Hampshire, you might want to look into one of New Hampshire's top three most populous cities - Manchester, Nashua or Concord (which is also the state's capital).


Top Industry

The largest industry in the state of New Hampshire is insurance carriers and related activities.

  • The gross domestic product (GDP), of this industry, is roughly $3.3 billion and accounts for 4.6% of New Hampshire's GDP.
  • Insurance carriers and related activities also employs 1.9% of New Hampshire's private workforce.

Small Businesses

In the United States, the more than 600,000 plus franchised small busineeses account for 40% of all retail sales and provide jobs for some 8 million people. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), their standard definition of what constitutes as a small business includes a maximum of 500 employees or operations with and/or up to $7 million in revenue, depending on the industry.

  • There are 289,914 small businesses, in the state, of New Hampshire.
  • Small businesses in New Hampshire, make up 38.5% of the state's private workforce.

State and Local Taxes

Listed below are the state and local taxes, for the state of New Hampshire, and how they rank against other states in the U.S.

State Tax Rate Avg. Local Tax Rate Combined Rate Combined Rank* Max Local Tax Rate
0% 0% 0% 47 n/a
*Combined Rank is rank from highest to lowest tax percentage

California has the highest state tax rate in the United States at 7.25%, but Lousinana has the highest combined tax rate, overall, at 9.98%. Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon share the spot for lowest combined tax rates at 0%.


Additional Information

If you need additional information about how to start a business in New Hampshire, their official state page might be a good place to start. If you are looking to own your own established franchise in New Hampshire, we have collected a comprehensive list of companies that are actively looking to expand in New Hampshire, for you to explore.

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