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Report: More people moved in to NH than moved out

New Hampshire Union Leader

December 26. 2016 9:14PM
This chart from a report by the Department of Employment Security's Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau shows the location of people who migrated into New Hampshire in 2015. (

More people moved into New Hampshire last year than moved out, according to a new report.

Specifically, 53,000 residents came to call New Hampshire home in 2015, and 42,000 left the state.

And while Massachusetts still remains the most popular place for New Hampshire residents to move to, other states and regions are competing for this honor.

This annual report is released by the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security’s Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau, which analyzes federal studies.

“Where do people (who) move into New Hampshire come from? Where do people moving out of New Hampshire go? Those questions can be answered using the U.S. Census Bureau’s State-to-State Migration Flow data,” said Labor Market Bureau Director Bruce DeMay.

The flow of people in and out of the state amounts to about 7 percent of the population. What’s worth noting is that more people actually change their address within New Hampshire than move in or out.

“Each year since 2010, between 9 and 10 percent of New Hampshire residents lived in-state one year earlier, but in a different residence,” DeMay observed.

The report can be viewed below:

As for those who move to New Hampshire, where are they most likely coming from?

Massachusetts by far is the top response at 19,000. That’s about 35 percent of those who call New Hampshire their new home.

About 58 percent of those moving in come from New England.

A total of 10 percent come from the Mid-Atlantic states of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Another 15 percent come from the South, with Florida the most popular state of origin in that region.

About 7 percent come from outside the country.

And should residents decide to leave New Hampshire, where do they most likely go?

Again, Massachusetts leads here, but not by as big a margin. Among the 42,000 who dropped New Hampshire as an address in 2015, about 20 percent — 8,200 — went just south of the border. Florida (5,100) and Maine (4,400) weren’t that far behind. Vermont (2,500) was the fourth most popular.

At least 1,000 residents each moved to one of these eight states: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Texas, California, Oregon and Connecticut.

All told, about half who left here settled either somewhere else in New England or in the Mid-Atlantic states.

The biggest contributor to this net immigration to New Hampshire in 2015 was Massachusetts. That’s because 11,000 more residents came from there to here (MA to NH) last year than went from here to there (NH to MA).

New Hampshire also had a net gain from New York (1,700) and Connecticut (1,500).

Where did New Hampshire have a net loss?

Florida, with 2,100 more people leaving here to move to Florida than the other way around.

The state also lost population to Oregon and Ohio (940 each) as well as to Washington, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Georgia (at least 400 apiece).

The survey also showed that, on balance, the state’s population is stable.

“New Hampshire homeowners tend to stay in place,” DeMay said. “Among owner-occupied housing units in New Hampshire, 76 percent of them moved in before 2010 and 22 percent moved into their home before 1990.”

In 2012, 42 percent of the people living here were born here. 2012 is the most recent year such figures are available.

Today, one in four residents in New Hampshire were born in Massachusetts. The next-closest is New York; one in every 20 New Hampshire residents was born in the Empire State.

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