I grew up in NH and live in RI now.
Most of what needed to be said has been said. NH is great if you need elbow room and a general sense of freedom.
The only reason Wifey and I bought a house in RI is because of our jobs, I would move back to NH in a heartbeat if I could find parallel employment. The area in RI I live has a significantly more New Hampshire-y feel to it than the rest of the state.
Live free or die.