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New Hampshire is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. The state ranks 46th of the 50 states in land area and 41st in population. It was one of the Thirteen Colonies and became the ninth state admitted to the Union. New Hampshire was also the first U.S. state to have its own constitution. As of 2005, New Hampshire has an estimated population of 1,309,940, an increase of 6.0% since 2000.

The state license plates boast the famous state motto: "Live free or die." One state nickname is "The Granite State", in reference both to its geology and to its tradition of self-sufficiency. The state is also internationally famous for the New Hampshire primary, the first primary. New Hampshire has historically been dominated by the Republican Party, and is still considered to be the most conservative state in the Northeast; but in national elections it has become a swing state.

The state has no sales tax, no personal income tax and advocates a frugal budget, thereby attracting commuters, light industry, specialty horticulture, retail customers and service firms from other jurisdictions with higher tax policies, notably from neighboring states. New Hampshire has some of the nation's highest property taxes, but ranks one of the lowest states in combined average state and local tax burden.

New Hampshire's recreational attractions include skiing and other winter sports; observing the spectacular fall foliage; summer cottages along many lakes; and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, home of the Loudon Classic, the longest-running motorcycle race in the United States.

New Hampshire was home to the famous rock formation called the Old Man of the Mountain, a face-like profile in Franconia Notch, until May 2003, when the state icon fell apart. The White Mountains range in New Hampshire spans the north-central portion of the state, with Mount Washington being the tallest in the northeastern U.S., and other mountains like Mount Madison and Mount Adams surrounding it.

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Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. His work frequently used themes from rural life in New England, using the setting to examine complex social and philosophical themes. A popular and often-quoted poet, Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes.

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State facts

  • Population 1,330,608 (2015 est)
  • Admission to the Union: June 21, 1788 (9th)

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  • Motto: Live Free or Die, written by Revolutionary General John Stark.
  • State Seal: Seal of New Hampshire.svg - In the center is a broadside view of the frigate USS Raleigh, in the left foreground is a granite boulder, and in the background a rising sun. A laurel wreath and the words "Seal of the State of New Hampshire " on the border with "1776" at the bottom surrounded by a five-pointed star.
  • Flag: Flag of New Hampshire.svg - the state seal centered on a blue field surrounded by laurel leaves with nine stars.
  • State Emblem: Image:NHemblem.jpg - a replica of the Old Man of the Mountain surrounded with the name of the state above and the motto below.
  • Tartan: NewHampshireStateTartan.jpg - green 56, black 2, green 2, black 12, white 2, black 12, purple 2, black 2, purple 8, red 6, purple 28

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway (originally named New Hampshire International Speedway) is a 1.058 mile (1703 m) oval track which has hosted NASCAR racing since the 1990s. It is commonly referred to by its location, Loudon.


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New Hampshire news

  • January 8, 2008 – New Hampshire Hosts First US Presidential Primary for the 2008 election.
  • January 24, 2008 – Re-count of GOP ballots begins.

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