New Hampshire Demographic Trends in the Twenty-First Century
This brief summarizes current population redistribution trends in the Granite State and shows how fertility, mortality, and migration contributed to these trends. According to the 2010 census, New Hampshire gained 80,700 residents (a 6.5 percent increase) between 2000 and 2010, mostly during the earlier years of the decade. Migration contributed 35,400 to the population gain, and the excess of births over deaths accounted for 45,300. Author Ken Johnson reports that New Hampshire currently does not have a large population of seniors, but a rapid increase in the older population is inevitable and coming soon. In addition, racial diversity is growing but remains modest and concentrated in a few areas of the state, and pockets of high child poverty exist even in a state with the lowest poverty rate in the country. Johnson also discusses some of the implications that recent demographic change has for the people, governments, and institutions of New Hampshire.