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Growing NH: Modest signs of population growth

September 06. 2018 8:57AM

If demographics are destiny, New Hampshire received some good news in a new report on population growth in the 50 states.

Between 2016 and 2017, 8,000 more people moved into the Granite State than moved out, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. That’s the fastest growth rate in New England, and a slightly above the national average. It’s hardly the Oklahoma Land Rush.

New Hampshire’s growth rate over the past decade has lagged behind the national average, but perhaps last year’s increase is a sign we’re reversing that trend.

It’s also one more piece of evidence that New Hampshire need not change its nature to entice new people to move here. Central planners keep looking for a silver bullet, be it commuter rail or “diversity,” to change New Hampshire’s image.

If we want people to move to New Hampshire, we need to let them know what New Hampshire has to offer, rather than chase what we think they want. Some might call it the New Hampshire Advantage, to coin a phrase.

New Hampshire can boast of low taxes, good schools, and safe communities. We are a four-seasons outdoor destination, but a short drive from a big city. Let’s focus on attracting people who love New Hampshire as we are.

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