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Census data reveals Nashua’s youth movement

NASHUA – Perhaps it should come as no surprise that U.S. Census Bureau data show that Nashua is, on average, younger than the rest of New Hampshire.

At least on (or near) Main Street in the heart of downtown, one finds several signs of a hipster’s haven:

Multiple craft beer breweries and pubs;

Eclectic eateries and coffee shops;

Chic boutiques;

Tattoo parlors;

E-scooters and VeoRide bikes; and

Perhaps most importantly, loft-style apartments.

Census information shows that 14.7% of those living in Nashua are above age 65, while 20.3% are under age 18.

By comparison, the New Hampshire statewide averages show 18.1% are above age 65, while only 19% are younger than 18.

As preparations for the 2020 Census continue, The Telegraph decided to take a snapshot look at several communities in the Greater Nashua area by exploring the most recent Census estimates. Although the official Census is taken every 10 years, the bureau provides estimates on an annual basis.

The city’s current population is estimated at 89,246, making it the second largest in New Hampshire.

The median value of an owner-occupied home in Nashua is $248,200. That is slightly higher than the state average of $244,900 — and notably higher than the national standard of $193,500.

Median household income in Nashua is $70,316. That is slightly lower than the New Hampshire average of $71,305, but is higher than the U.S. average of $57,652.

In Nashua, 34.3% of those age 25 or above have completed a bachelor’s degree. This is slightly lower than New Hampshire’s average of 36%, but is ahead of the national rate of 30.9%.

Manchester

The Queen City continues as New Hampshire’s largest with a population estimated at 112,525.

Percentage above age 65 — 13.3%

Percentage younger than age 18 — 19.7%

Median value of an owner-occupied home — $210,900

Median household income — $56,467

Percentage of those age 25 or above with a bachelor’s degree — 28.3%

Concord

The state capital is New Hampshire’s third largest city with 43,412 residents.

Percentage above age 65 — 15.6%

Percentage younger than age 18 — 19.1%

Median value of an owner-occupied home — $212,600

Median household income — $61,310

Percentage of those age 25 or above with a bachelor’s degree — 37.4%

Merrimack

Population — 25,969

Percentage above age 65 — 13%

Percentage younger than age 18 — 22.1%

Median value of an owner-occupied home — $263,200

Median household income — $97,400

Percentage of those age 25 or above with a bachelor’s degree — 45.7%

Hudson

Population — 25,559

Percentage above age 65 — 14.5%

Percentage younger than age 18 — 21.3%

Median value of an owner-occupied home — $270,500

Median household income — $93,042

Percentage of those age 25 or above with a bachelor’s degree — 34.7%

Bedford

Population — 22,696

Percentage above age 65 — 15.5%

Percentage younger than age 18 — 25.7%

Median value of an owner-occupied home — $381,800

Median household income — $127,945

Percentage of those age 25 or above with a bachelor’s degree — 60.7%

Milford

Population — 16,007

Percentage above age 65 — 15.2%

Percentage younger than age 18 — 23.6%

Median value of an owner-occupied home — $236,000

Median household income — $73,601

Percentage of those age 25 or above with a bachelor’s degree — 35%

Amherst

Population — 11,329

Percentage above age 65 — 16.9%

Percentage younger than age 18 — 25.7%

Median value of an owner-occupied home — $335,000

Median household income — $127,246

Percentage of those age 25 or above with a bachelor’s degree — 64.4%

Hollis

Population — 7,945

Percentage above age 65 — 16.1%

Percentage younger than age 18 — 22.1%

Median value of an owner-occupied home — $442,100

Median household income — $126,379

Percentage of those age 25 or above with a bachelor’s degree — 63.5%

Brookline

Population — 5,407

Percentage above age 65 — 10.6%

Percentage younger than age 18 — 27.5%

Median value of an owner-occupied home — $317,200

Median household income — $127,222

Percentage of those age 25 or above with a bachelor’s degree — 54%