Portsmouth, N.H., a city of roughly 21,000 people, sits near the mouth of the Piscataqua River, a short, wide river that divides New Hampshire and Maine. The city also is at the hub of a metropolitan region that includes the cities of Rochester and Dover, N.H., and many towns – Exeter, Hampton, Greenland, Stratham, Newington, and Rye, N.H.; Kittery, Eliot, South Berwick and York, Maine; and others.

Settled in 1623, Portsmouth claims to be the nation’s third-oldest city. It served as a focal point on the Eastern seaboard until the late 1800s when rail travel did in the shipping industry. John Paul Jones’ ship The Ranger was built in Portsmouth, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (which lies across the river in Maine) was established in 1800 as the country’s first Naval shipyard.

The geographic location, historic past and cultural strength of Portsmouth regularly lands it on various “best places to live” lists.

The region as whole is noted for its many restaurants, attractions and shopping opportunities, which include downtown Portsmouth, outlet malls in Kittery, Maine, as well as major malls in Newington, New Hampshire.

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By the Numbers

Distance from Portsmouth
Manchester NH – 50 miles
Boston – 50 miles
Portland ME – 50 miles
New York – 258 miles
Montreal – 294 miles

Elevation: 20 feet


Avg. High Avg. Low
July 79.0oF 60.8oF
January 31.5oF 15.4oF
Year 56.3oF 39.0oF

Precipitation: 46 inches annually