The Sunshine Town - Newport, N.H. (pop. 6,500) is a small and friendly town (incorp. in 1761) with unparalleled quality of life nestled in the hills of scenic Upper Connecticut River valley and southwestern New Hampshire. It is conveniently located between Interstates 89 and 91.
The community is governed by Town Meeting, an elected 5 member Selectboard and an appointed Town Manager. Newport also serves as the County Seat of Sullivan County.
Our community is pleased to offer an unparalleled 4 season, quality of life with something for everyone. Come and enjoy our historic homes; farmers markets, craft fairs, the natural beauty of the great outdoors. Visit one of our many hiking or biking trails, area ski resorts, the water sports offered by area ponds and lakes, our Winter Carnival (the oldest in the Country), Historic Society Museum or just a quiet walk along our “rail trails” to visit one of our 3 covered bridges - Newport has it all.
Resident’s of the area are hard working, highly skilled, proud and offer good old Yankee work ethic and ingenuity in support of a wide variety of area employers. Businesses new and old will find both the Town and it’s local economic development office (ECON) and the State supportive of business development - with no State income or sales taxes. Among the largest professional and commercial employers in the area are: Sturm Ruger & Co., the Newport Medical Center, the Newport School District, RDS Machine and LaValley Building Supply to mention just a few – and we are only 30 minutes to a myriad of other Upper Valley businesses.
Educational opportunities abound. Area residents enjoy ongoing educational options through area public schools and a choice of colleges, two new regional vocational technical schools, a State technical college and proximity to Dartmouth College and its business, engineering and medical schools.
We invite you to visit our Town; our 1886 Opera House, our Paul Revere bells, our historic 1815 Hunneman fire hand pumper, or to witness the award of the Sarah Joseph Hale Medal - a resident and author of the Mary Had a Little Lamb poem and who was instrumental in the establishment of Thanksgiving as a national holiday.