6) New Castle, New Hampshire
New Castle, founded in 1623, is the smallest town in New Hampshire and located entirely on an archipelago. There is one large island and several small surrounding ones. The population is 975 and the median household income is $122,604. The poverty rate is extremely low. The area contains the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, Fort Constitution State Historic Site and the Fort Stark State Historic Site. The Great Island Common is a family-friendly area with a beach, playground and picnic area. Boating is another popular activity given the location on the Atlantic Ocean. Odiorne Point State Park is also accessible for outdoor enthusiasts. New Castle is about an hour from Manchester and an hour and 15 minutes from Boston. Nearby Portsmouth also provides many employment opportunities in agriculture, fishing, service and tourism. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is major employer.
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