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Keeping NH growing: A great place to live

January 01. 2018 9:07PM

New Hampshire had a very good year in 2017, at least according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The annual population estimates, which run from July 2016 to July 2017, show that the Granite State added 7,800 Granite Staters, mostly migrants from other states.

Overall, the Census Bureau estimates that 4,700 more people moved to New Hampshire than moved away, a 60 percent increase from the prior year. That is a reversal from the years of the Great Recession, which saw the state’s population falling.

The boom years of the ‘80s and ‘90s resulted from New Hampshire attracting waves of new residents. The net migration of the past two years does not match the high tides of decades ago, but it is a good sign for the state’s future.

With no disrespect to our seasoned citizens, New Hampshire has to become a more attractive place for young people to stay after college, and for young professionals to choose when starting careers and families. These demographic trends fuel economic growth, as well as state and local budgets.

We would not give all the credit to the Legislature’s decision to lower business taxes, which dropped another notch yesterday. Government policies are just one part of a much bigger picture. But such policies can help make a state more or less attractive as a destination.

We welcome our new neighbors, and hope New Hampshire continues to grow.

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