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Merrimack, NH
Shane Godfrey

Top 50 rank: 23

Population: 25,686

Merrimack is increasingly a hot spot for jobs. The town is home to military engineering firm Nanocorp, a range of startups and, soon, the headquarters of medical device manufacturer Atrium Medical. Visitors and residents alike are drawn to the Anheuser-Busch factory, and a premium outlet mall opened on the outskirts of town last year, bringing new jobs and tourists.

Several parks, a strong youth-recreation program, and proximity to the Merrimack River keep residents busy year-round. --K.F.

Merrimack, NH

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $99,434
Job growth % (2010-2012) 4.52%
Median home price (2012) $184,764
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 4.2%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 8.2%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 10




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