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December 12, 2013

Londonderry ranks highly for being family friendly

Study ranks town ninth for being family-friendly

LONDONDERRY — Residents are listing all their favorite reasons why they love living in Londonderry.

The school system, apple orchards, the goodwill, friends and community spirit top the list.

That helped the town rank ninth out of 40 Granite State communities best in which to raise a family, according to a study done by NerdWallet.com, a California-based consumer advocacy website.

Residents wanted to talk about their town.

"This is the best community I've ever lived in," John Hempfield said.

Hempfield said he has backpacked and/or lived in 13 countries and about 57 communities and nothing compares to living in Londonderry.

"I've lived all over, it's the best," he said.

The study evaluated five factors to create the top community list: public school rating, median home value, ongoing cost of home ownership, income and economic growth.

Analysts studied communities in all 50 states to find the best places to raise a family. In New Hampshire, Durham took the top spot, with Hooksett and Littleton rounding out the top three.

Londonderry's neighbor Derry ranked 18th on the list. Officials there say it might be good to somehow tag team with Londonderry's success.

Derry Planning Board member Jim MacEachern said Londonderry has a lot to be proud of.

Londonderry has things in place that help boost its growth and vision, he said, including the approved 600-plus-acre Woodmont Commons project and strong industry and infrastructure plans near the airport.

Woodmont will have a big regional impact and Derry will be affected, he said. Somehow building on that success could help Derry.

"That's a golden opportunity," MacEachern said. "We might work with Londonderry."

NerdWallet.com's Mike Anderson did the study and said people ranked Londonderry high due to its sense of community and positive environment.

"Families also want affordable homes, high income and quality schools for their kids," he said.

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