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Explore New England's Rich History and Culture Through the Beloved Community of Concord

By Pamela Sosnowski

New Hampshire's capital city of Concord is often overshadowed by more popular areas of the state; the White Mountain National Forest, Portsmouth, and Hampton Beach have long been favorite tourist destinations. But whether you're a prospective homeowner seeking a thriving community to reside in, or a visitor seeking some interesting family attractions, Concord is not to be overlooked.

Located at the intersections of 1-93, 1-89, and 1-393, and just 22 miles from New Hampshire's largest airport, Concord's centralized location in the state is attractive to businesses since it's easily accessible from all of New England.

According to Timothy Sink, President and CEO of The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, the city has a lot to offer residents as well. "Concord has an excellent public school system, very competitive housing costs, and beautiful neighborhoods," he says. "We enjoy excellent access to higher education, open space, and (we are) among the lowest crime rates in the country."

While other American cities have seen some rough economic times, Sink maintains that Concord's economy has remained strong. "As a state capital, our economy remains stable during economic upheavals," he explains. "The long term economic outlook for the region is excellent. Concord and the Capital Region enjoy many advantages in terms of attracting businesses and a talented workforce."

There are over 900 businesses and organizations in the Concord region that have helped make its Chamber the fastest-growing in the state. Attesting to its economic viability, Forbes included Concord among its list of the country's most recession-proof cities and the best communities to retire in.

In addition to its charming New England neighborhoods and healthy economy, Concord offers a variety of engaging attractions. The city is home to the Capitol Center for the Arts, New Hampshire's largest stage theater that regularly hosts Broadway shows and concerts by top performers. Other local attractions include the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (pictured below), a science museum, a sculpture garden, and Red River Theater, a non-profit movie cinema that shows first-run indie films and new releases.

Concord Community Music School hosts more than 200 public recitals, concerts, workshops and lectures each year, including jazz, folk and classical performances, an annual mandolin festival and an all-day Performathon in March. The New Hampshire State House and the Historical Society house art and artifacts of the state's history, and there are also numerous restaurants, galleries, and shops to explore downtown.

For those that love outdoor recreation, there is something for everyone in the Concord area. "There are endless trails within the city for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing," says Sink. "The Merrimack River is a big draw for swimming, boating and fishing." The city is also a relatively short drive to the White Mountains and Lakes regions to the north, and the state's coastline to the east.

So whether you're considering moving to a New Hampshire city or just thinking of visiting one, don't overlook Concord. It turns out the state's capital has an awful lot to offer - whether one is visiting for a day or a lifetime.

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