Demography

Population change exerts a significant impact on communities, families, and institutions. Demography is not destiny, but researchers and policymakers ignore it at their peril. At the Carsey School of Public Policy, we seek to delineate the population change underway in communities and to analyze the demographic forces that cause it, using the latest data. We also consider the consequences that demographic change has for the environment, communities, and families in both rural and urban areas. Our analysis of demographic change and the implications it has for New Hampshire, New England, and the United States contributes to the informed policymaking needed to address the complex problems that population growth and decline produce.

The opioid crisis has had a significant impact on mortality trends in both rural and urban areas and as such is a critical policy concern in New Hampshire, New England and the United States. Learn more.

The media treat rural and urban voting patterns as a dichotomy, but Carsey research shows that voting in rural America occurs along a continuum that is influenced by numerous demographic, regional, and economic forces. Learn more.

A recent Andrew Carnegie Fellowship supports Senior Demographer Ken Johnson research on how the Great Recession continues to influence fertility and migration patterns in both rural and urban America long after economists declared the recession was over. Learn more

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Keeping People Rural

Keeping People Rural

What can lure people to rural areas?...

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Shrinking Birthrate Could Lead to Big Problem

Shrinking Birthrate Could Lead to Big Problem

U.S. birthrate drops for fourth year in a row...

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New Drivers in Rural Population Decline

New Drivers in Rural Population Decline

A recent paper co-authored by Carsey School of Public Policy demographer Kenneth Johnson, along with...

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Ken Johnson

Kenneth M. Johnson is senior demographer at the Carsey School of Public Policy and professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He is a nationally recognized expert on U.S. demographic trends. His research examines national and regional population redistribution, rural and urban demographic change, the growing racial diversity of the U.S. population, the relationship between demographic and environmental change and the implications of demographic change for public policy.  LEARN MORE