Who Are We And Where Did We Come From

Credit New Hampshire Historical Society

Link to a PowerPoint Presentation from the New Hampshire Historical Society.

  • First to Arrive: Native Americans
  • The Next Wave (1500s): Europeans
  • 1623: English  (within 175 years, Native Americans were displaced by immigrants)
  • Census from 1790: 787 Africans, 153 Dutch, and 142 French
  • 1800s: Irish begin to move in to New Hampshire
  • 1880 - 1920: Large wave of immigrants of European and French descent. Also, immigrants arrived from Austria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Sweden.

Nationalities whose numbers of foreign-born New Hampshire residents exceeded 1,000 in at least one of the census years between 1890 and 1920.

Credit Source: New Hampshire Historical Society, data derived from the University of Virginia Geostat Center

Year 2000 Census: Nationalities whose numbers of foreign-born NH residents exceeded 1000 in year 2000.

Credit Source: chart prepared by the New Hampshire Historical Society using 2000 census data showing foreign-born New Hampshire residents