Portsmouth, a city of roughly 21,000 people, sits near the mouth of the Piscataqua River. The Piscataqua is a short, wide river that divides New Hampshire and Maine. The city also is at the hub of a metropolitan region that includes the cities of Rochester and Dover. Many other towns are in close proximity such as Exeter, Hampton, Greenland, Stratham, Newington, and Rye. Town in Maine like Kittery, Eliot, South Berwick and York, Maine are a short drive away.
Settled in 1623, the city claims to be the nation’s third-oldest city. It served as a focal point until the late 1800s when rail travel overtook the shipping industry. John Paul Jones’ ship The Ranger was built in the city. The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was established in 1800 as the country’s first Naval shipyard.
The geographic location, history and culture of the city regularly lands it on various “best places to live” lists.