We know New Hampshire is pretty awesome, but did you know that there are plenty of reasons to be proud of New Hampshire? The Granite State, although small, has played a significant role in history, and has in some cases even changed the course of history. Here are 9 reasons why you should be proud to call New Hampshire home.
1. For a little state, New Hampshire has played a big role in space exploration.
The Granite state was home to the first astronaut, Alan Shepard. Shepard, who was born in Derry, made a 15-minute flight on May 5, 1961 and later walked on the moon. Christa McAuliffe was supposed to be the first civilian sent to space, but she tragically died on January 28, 1986 when the Challenger exploded. Today, Shepard’s and McAuliffe’s spirit of exploration is celebrated at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discover Center in Concord.
2. New Hampshire is home to the first publicly funded library in the United States.
The Peterborough Town library, established in 1833, was the first tax-supported library in the nation.
3. New Hampshire has the most government representatives per person.
This means your voice is more likely to be heard.
4. The rest of the nation knows this is a great place to live.
CNBC rated New Hampshire the number one state to live in 2012, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development listed New Hampshire as number 1 in 2015.
5. New Hampshire has long been an inspiration to some of the greatest artists in the nation.
The Cornish Art Colony was a popular retreat for artists from 1895 through the end of World War I. Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens had a summer residence in Cornish and attracted other artists to the small New Hampshire town, including Winston Churchill, a novelist; Thomas Dewing, a painter; and President Woodrow Wilson.
6. We know how to finance beauty on a budget.
New Hampshire is full of world-class public parks, but it is also the only state where state parks are funded entirely by user fees, rather than public tax dollars.
7. New Hampshire is the only state to have hosted the conclusion of a foreign war.
In 1905, the treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War was signed in Portsmouth.
8. A 17 year-old from New Hampshire, Luther C. Ladd, is believed to the first casualty of the Civil War.
Ladd died in Baltimore in 1861.
9. New Hampshire is the safest state in the nation.
Our crime rate is well below the national average.