N.H. Sees Substantial Increase in Young Adults Moving In

Dec 6, 2018

New census data show that New Hampshire saw a substantial inflow of people from other states between 2013 and 2017.


The Granite State added an average of almost 6,000 people a year coming from other states over the last five years. That's according to analysis of the latest release of the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.


"I was actually surprised that the net inflows of people in their 20s and 30s had increased as much as they had,” said Ken Johnson, Senior Demographer at UNH’s Carsey School of Public Policy.


Migration gain for those in their 30s nearly doubled to 2,000 people a year over this period. That influx of young adults also led to a bump in the number of children coming to the state.


"That’s a significant source of new intellectual capital, social capital for the state as it struggles with this challenge of having an aging workforce, and an aging population."

Johnson says this is good news for New Hampshire, as it struggles with a rapidly aging population. But, he adds, these migration numbers are still modest compared to what the state saw in the 80s and 90s.