Commuting To Boston: The Daily Exodus Out Of N.H.

Sep 17, 2014

More than eighty-thousand Granite Staters travel to the Bay State for work, a fact that’s been cited as both an economic boon and drawback for New Hampshire. While both views could be valid, there are other impacts too: work-life balance and community involvement can take a hit when people spend a long time commuting.

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  • Dennis Delay economist at N.H. Center for Public Policy Studies and forecast manager for New Hampshire at the New England Economic Partnership.
  • Kerrie Diers – executive director of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, which serves thirteen communities in southern N.H.
  • Alan Pisarski - an independent researcher and analyst of travel behavior. He’s authored the Commuting in America series since the 1980's.


  • Ben Blunt – general manager of Boston Express, a bus company that offers commuter routes from New Hampshire to Boston
  • Anne Rugg -- manager of commuteSMARTseacoast, an organization that promotes alternative modes of commuting, such as carpooling, bicycling/walking and telecommuting.


  • A report from N.H. Employment Security about New Hampshire's commuters: "Overall, 106,338 New Hampshire residents commute out of state for work, accounting for 15.7 percent of the state’s working residents. The majority of these commuters (78.6 percent) work in Massachusetts. Smaller shares of these commuters travel to Vermont (8.5 percent) and to Maine (7.5 percent)."