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Adults 18 to 29 Lead Recent Migration to NH

Published Thursday Dec 17, 2020

Author Kenneth Johnson, Carsey School, UNH

Adults 18 to 29 Lead Recent Migration to NH

The net inflow of migrants to New Hampshire from other states was significantly greater between 2015 and 2019 than it was earlier in the decade, according to new Census Bureau data. Each year an average of 8,300 more people moved to NH than left it for other US destinations between 2015 and 2019. In contrast, the net domestic migration gain was about 1,000 annually between 2010 and 2014, and just 100 annually during the Great Recession and its immediate aftermath.

Migration gains were greatest among young adults (18 to 29), who had an average annual migration gain of 3,800 compared to no gain at all between 2010 and 2014. Among those in their 30s, the net annual migration gain more than doubled during the same period, while the net inflow of those 40 to 49 diminished.

As more adults in their 20s and 30s migrated to the state, they brought their children, which is reflected in the migration gain among those under age 18. In contrast, among those aged 50 and over, there was a minimal net migration gain each year compared to a small loss annually between 2010 and 2014.

Modest migration from other countries at all ages supplemented the domestic migration gains analyzed here. These recent domestic and international migration gains provide additional human and social capital to a state challenged by an aging workforce and population.

Analysis: K.M. Johnson, Carsey School, University of New Hampshire. Source: U.S. Census ACS, 2010–2014, 2015–2019. Note: This analysis uses sample estimates and should be interpreted with caution.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Kenneth M. Johnson is senior demographer at the Carsey School of Public Policy, Class of 1940 professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire, and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. His research was supported by the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station in support of Hatch Multi-State Regional Project W-4001 through joint funding of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 1013434, and the state of New Hampshire. The opinions are his and not those of the sponsoring organizations.

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