Nashua, proudly known as "The Gate City" presents itself as a distinctly "liveable" place. Its traditional New Hampshire heritage combined with its progressive Northeastern urban qualities and vitality offers an attractive lifestyle opportunity. Nashua is the only community twice-honored by being named "The Best Place to Live in America" by Money Magazine. Nashua, New Hampshire is the kind of place to make the most of life. Read a brief history of Nashua, NH.
Downtown is the place that makes Nashua a memorable place, a distinctive place, a civic place, a historic place, an eternal place, and an authentically human place. Downtown Nashua is not only about visiting, shopping, and dining; it is most excitingly becoming recognized as a great place to live and work.
Here you can enjoy a walk along some recently refreshed sidewalks as part of the ongoing downtown streetscape improvement project, people-watch at a “hip” sidewalk café, visit retail shops where two or three generations of family business-owners will provide you with traditional personalized service.
You will dine at some of New Hampshire’s finest & most distinctive award winning restaurants, discover & wonder at world-class historic architecture, take a romantic stroll on the riverfront, take in a performance of Symphony New Hampshire or Nashua’s own ActorSingers and Peacock Players. You can attend worship services within some of New Hampshire’s great historic church buildings, check out the Farmer’s Market at the Main Street Bridge, attend wonderful Public Events such as the Downtown Nashua Winter Holiday Stroll and Taste of Downtown Nashua; and the list and experiences go on and on!
The combination of reinvestment in our traditional urban neighborhoods and the new and emerging riverfront condominiums and restored/reinvented industrial buildings of the historic center district, exhibit Downtown Nashua’s renaissance of downtown living and lifestyle.
Nashua's schools and "schoolhouses" have for generations been the pride of the neighborhoods, the community, and indeed the State of New Hampshire. Our school buildings, from historic to the most modern, span every section of the city; they serve as epicenters of our neighborhoods, and serve as the generators of hope and promise for the city's bright future.
New Hampshire's first Lyceum was established in Nashua before 1830. The Nashua Lyceum was chartered to encourage, advance, and establish a shared culture and heritage of higher education and enlightenment among all citizens of Nashua. Nashua's educational legacy continues today as the center of an impressive community of highly recognized and regarded institutions of higher education.
Our Citizens and Government
The citizenry of Nashua have faithfully been active, interested, informed, and involved in the affairs of our local, regional, state, and national government since chartering of the township in 1673. After more than 325 years the tradition of the “democratic principle” is stronger than ever.
Our Citizens and Government
Whether interested in running for local office, volunteering for ward electoral activities, being active in a neighborhood improvement organization, experiencing the New Hampshire US Presidential Primary scene, or making public comment at the Board of Alderman meetings, Nashua is a place where one voice can be heard, and where government of the people, by the people, and for the people” is not just a concept, but a way of life.
Nashua's neighborhoods offer a great diversity in compactness, affordability, open space, housing-type, ethnicity, culture, history, architecture, and street character. In each neighborhood there will be a fine school and well-maintained park for the benefit and health of our youth. Whatever your lifestyle or family preference, you will discover the "right" neighborhood in Nashua.
Nashua is the result of a well-planned, nicely compact, early 19th century New England manufacturing village, once surrounded by 30 sq. miles of woodland, meadows, and farmland until recent decades. Today, Nashua offers the wonderful combination of a grand historic downtown district, ringed with traditional pedestrian-oriented urban neighborhoods, and finally generating outward to more rural and contemporary suburban neighborhoods.
Nashua's wonderful quality of social cohesion and community distinctiveness is built upon our safe, clean, vibrant, and unique public gathering places. Living in Nashua means coming together with family, friends, and neighbors, sharing in the “people-places” that really make Nashua a memorable place worth caring about.
Whether the "Victorian-era" Greeley Park on majestic Concord Street; Le Parc de Notre Renaissance Francaise at Water Street on the Downtown Nashua Riverfront; the “hot” and vibrant Sidewalk Caf�’s of Downtown Main Street; historic Monument Square and the 1889 Soldiers & Sailors Monument; or one of our many beautiful neighborhood parks, your time spent in one of our many memorable public places will provide you and your family a special enjoyment and appreciation of Nashua’s quality of life.
Nashua has always been on the vanguard of cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity in the State of New Hampshire. All are and have always been welcome in Nashua, as it has served and will continue to serve as a location that one and one's family may embark upon the “American Dream” of education, freedom, employment, liberty, investment, and unlimited opportunity.
Those of indigenous-Pennacook, English, Scotch-Irish, and African ancestry have been in this community since colonial days. Our first Irish and Roman-Catholic residents arrived in the late 1830’s, followed by the French-Canadian people of Quebec Province in the late 1860’s, then the great wave between 1885-1925 of the Jewish, Greek, Polish, Lithuanian, Armenian, Romanian, Lebanese, Albanian, Italian, Chinese, and others to the great manufacturing and railroad city on the Merrimack River. And from the 1950’s onward to today the Puerto Rican, Mexican, Dominican, Brazilian, El Salvadorian, Indian, Pakistanian, Russian, Cambodian, Vietnamese and countless others have made Nashua their hometown. Diversity whether industrially, commercially, socially, ethnically, and culturally is the fundamental strength of our city, and this heritage will continue for many generations to come. Ethnic festivals, celebrations, ceremonies, events, exhibitions, and expressions abound in Nashua.
Volunteerism is the most valued resource in Nashua. One may volunteer in the schools, at the library, at the hospitals, at the food pantries, at the senior centers, at the churches & synagogue, and at any number of social & human service organizations & institutions. This proud legacy of volunteerism is respectfully celebrated and supported by the Mayor's Volunteer Recognition Committee.
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Planning the Future
Nashua places great value upon Citizen Participatory Planning. The future vision of the city must be the product of diverse opinions, experiences, perspectives, interests, and hopes. The City encourages you to participate in creating a shared vision for Nashua's future.
Planning the Future
Whether it is Downtown Nashua, the inner-city neighborhoods, the Nashua Riverfront, Daniel Webster Highway South District, the Nashua River/Pennichuck Brook/Salmon Brook Watersheds, the proposed re-establishment of passenger rail service between New Hampshire & Boston, regional transportation planning, or the preservation of open-space/green-space, the entire citizenry of Nashua is encouraged to actively participate in Planning & Development efforts.
The population of Nashua is approximately 89,000; the region continues to grow in population and socio-economic complexity, as does the State of New Hampshire.