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Everyone has a story about why they moved here.

Some flee cities to start a family, a company, or both. Some want affordable homes from which to telecommute. Some seek jobs where others just get to vacation. Chosen “most picturesque in NH” by USA Today, Peterborough combines opportunity with culture, natural beauty, fascinating people and delightful community. We hope these pages provide a glimpse of why Peterborough’s proven over and over a great place to grow companies and raise families. — Jeanne Dietsch, Founder, MobileRobots Inc

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Hyndsight Vision Systems CEO in Peterborough NH
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We moved to Peterborough to start a family.
  • 1/1Gbps Redundant Fiber
  • Low Sq Footage Costs
  • Workforce Proximity
  • Capital
  • Plentiful space
  • Mentoring
  • Capital
  • Maker space
  • Quality of life
  • Employers eager to hire
  • Affordability
  • Community
  • Quality of life
  • Good Broadband
  • Affordability
  • Proximity

Want lower costs and big-city amenities? Peterborough’s Route 202S and 101E corridor offers redundant, separately sourced gigabit connections. Providers from first-mile sources in 2 separate locations maximize broadband up-time. And, unlike the City with its clogged winter streets, Peterborough typically clears roads of snow within hours. In addition, because Peterborough attracts wealthy retirees, many opportunities exist to raise private capital for a growing business.

You and your employees will have the option of beautiful views, family homes, excellent schools, outdoor recreation and abundant arts and music for a fraction of the cost of living in Boston or NYC. Hiking, skiing and cycling trails traverse the town. Swimming, kayaking, sailing and fishing sites dot the area. Quaint shops and cafes provide a downtown worth visiting. Drive to MHT airport (50 min.), Hampton Beach (75 min.), Cambridge (75 min), the White Mountains (90 min) and Boston Logan (90 min.)

Despite its small size, Peterborough has long been a business seedbed. NH Ball Bearing, the state’s third largest employer, started here in 1948. SDE, the nation’s largest provider of teacher training, began here three decades ago. Armored Textiles, Brookstone, Byte Magazine, CIM Industries, Eastern Mountain Sports and MobileRobots Inc. are just a few of the international firms that sprouted here. Current start-ups include Microspec, Hyndsight, Drum, Arcad, Microbends and New England Wood Pellet.
Why do start-ups thrive here? Peterborough is the home of bright, industrious and creative people; abundant capital, rich connections, good infrastructure and support firms that fertilize new enterprises. Services such as MAXT makerspace, business training, SEO/web marketing consultancies and low-cost incubation spaces support entrepreneurs. Area colleges graduate students in advanced manufacturing, medical technology, computer programming, marketing, design, construction and business skills provide skilled employees.
Peterborough attracts entrepreneurs and grows companies. That means talented and educated young people quickly find interesting, fast-growth jobs. Those who can wear multiple hats and love to explore new challenges will thrive in companies here. Those involved in advanced manufacturing, medical technology, education, the arts, publishing, IT, graphics, alternative energy, the environment, senior care, wildlife, local farm and foods will find themselves at home here.
Housing costs are a fraction of Boston and New York. Apartments and yards are larger. Parking is more plentiful. People can access groceries, pharmacies, shops and restaurants via pedestrian walkways. A ride-share board and a rental car company serve residents needing inter-town or special event transportation. Both singles and families find plenty of recreational activities: venues for music, cinema, contradance, fitness, museums, seminars, coffee house, restaurants and pubs. Residents enjoy swimming, paddling or ice-skating in or on Cunningham Pond amidst the woodland beauty that surrounds the town. Dogs are always welcome there, because the beach area was donated by author Elizabeth Marshall Thomas based on the success of her bestseller, Hidden Life of Dogs.
Telecommuters find Peterborough a delightful place to balance life and work. Three of ten Peterborough workers who responded to a recent town survey work from home. Two-thirds work for an employer other than themselves. Some telecommuters work for companies in the EU, others telecommute across the US and some, within NH. With lower costs of living and no commute, telecommuters find abundant time and resources to enjoy Peterborough’s wealth of cultural and recreational activities.
Telecommuter connectivity options range from redundant business gigabit service to residential gigabit service with DSL backup, in most residential areas of town. Lower levels of service are available for those with lesser needs. Local IT services provide support for those who need it.
Some telecommuters work beside the falls in the spacious eatery of the local coffee roaster. After all, it’s only a quarter mile along the common pathway through the woods. Others take a break from the home office at the Peterborough Library. This first free library in the US stands beside the Contoocook River. It’s a brief walk to the many luncheon sites and shops in downtown’s Depot Square.