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New Hampshire Myths Busted

When I first moved to New Hampshire I went to Kittery Trading Post and got myself some bear spray because as an out of stater at the time I was very concerned that bears were everywhere.

Well, 2 years later and I have yet to have a bear sighting and I hike a great deal in the woods.  My wife made me take the bear spray back immediately, so I guess I am pretty happy that I haven’t run into one.

So, yeah, not as many bears as I thought.

I didn’t need to learn to ski

When I first moved up here, I was super worried that I would be left out of most outdoor activates because I have never been on skis in my life.  I was beyond thrilled to find out how many avid beachgoers there are and how much beautiful coastline there is to explore.

When I saw the Live Free or Die Motto, I thought I was in the South

Live Free or Die and all the motorcycles I thought I was back in Georgia, where I lived for a short time.  Then I noticed that no one had a helmet.  Well, some people had helmets, but most didn’t, and I realized that Life Free or Die is kind of another way of saying I will make my own rules.

I knew right then and there I had found a home in New Hampshire.

The City Vibe is Way Cooler than I thought it would be

Hanging out in downtown Portsmouth is just like most cosmopolitan cities in the northeast.  Lots of art museums and live theater.  The live music in town is awesome.  It’s not like everyone lives in a cabin and knits.  The New Hampshire vibe is way cooler than I expected.  So many preconceptions about New Hampshire were in my head before moving here.  I now love to call it my home. Portsmouth is one of the coolest cities I've ever worked in.

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Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

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