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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

UNH study finds NH population growth on the decline

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - A new report analyzing New Hampshire's changing population says the trend of fewer people moving to the state will have serious implications if it continues.

The Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire used U.S. Census data and other information. It says New Hampshire's population growth over the last 10 years was the slowest in five decades, though it was still the fastest growing state in the Northeast.

But the dynamics behind that growth have changed. From 1970 to 2000, people moving into the state produced much of the increase. In the last decade, that migration has sharply decreased. The report says the decrease has significant implications because the state has long benefited from the social, economic and intellectual capital that migrants bring to the state.