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Childhood Poverty is Down in New Hampshire, But Pockets of Poverty Persist

Carsey School of Public Policy

New researchfrom UNH shows fewer children in New Hampshire are living in poverty.

The report from the Carsey School of Public Policy finds the rate of childhood poverty in New Hampshire is the lowest in the nation, at just under 8 percent. It says that number is down from last year, and on par with pre-recession levels.

But Yulya Spantchak with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation says that good news isn’t spread evenly across the state.

“We can kind of pat ourselves on the back for having really great statewide numbers, but we cannot use that to be complacent around some of the more local issues where there are high poverty numbers.”

Spantchak points to examples like Manchester or Franklin, where more than half of students qualify for free-and-reduced lunch.

Jason Moon is a senior reporter and producer on the Document team. He has created longform narrative podcast series on topics ranging from unsolved murders, to presidential elections, to secret lists of police officers.
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