The New Hampshire Center for Public Policy publishes an "...annual survey of the major policy issues and critical questions shaping our future. The data explain where New Hampshire has been, forecast where it is heading, and explore how current trends and policy choices facing the state will affect the well-being of its citizens."
Here is a link to the full report.
-Among the new trends shaping the “new” New Hampshire: an aging population; increasing racial and ethnic diversity; a shift away from the high-growth economic model of the past; and continued demand on the state budget for public services
-Compared to the rest of the country, New Hampshire’s population is older, less racially diverse,better educated, wealthier, and more likely to have moved here from another state.
-The year 2020 will see the beginning of a shift in New Hampshire’s population towards the over- 65 population. By then, residents 65 years and older will account for nearly 20 percent of the state population, up from 13.5 percent in 2010.
-Average age: New Hampshire: 41.5 years . United States: 37.3 years
-Migration patterns have changed over the course of the Great Recession. Migration into New Hampshire has slowed considerably over the past decade, and the state is not expected to return to the past pattern of high growth for the foreseeable future.
- much of New Hampshire’s housing industry (builders, planners, public officials, etc.) have yet to fully transition away from the mindset of the past, in which consistent rates of high population growth was the norm. Instead, they need to prepare for a housing model defined by less growth overall, more senior households, fewer young households, financially strained first-time buyers, and changing lending standards.
-School enrollment continues on a decade-long decline, and several measures of youth well-being in the state show worrisome trends, including rising levels of childhood poverty.
- As of the summer of 2014, New Hampshire lagged behind the nation and the rest of New England in recovering jobs lost during the recession.