NH Public Policy
New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies

What is New Hampshire? 2013 Edition

Executive Summary

Date: September 26th, 2013

With the most severe impacts of the Great Recession receding into the past, New Hampshire – like every other state – is now grappling with the question: What next? And while New Hampshire emerged from the recent economic downturn in better shape than much of the rest of the country, the state also faces significant challenges in coming years. These include not just short-term responses to the recession, but also shifting trends in our long-term demographic and economic model. New Hampshire is a state in flux, and describing it remains a complicated task. While the implications of the changes now underway are still unclear, they do raise critical policy questions, many of which we introduce in this annual report.

"What is New Hampshire?" presents data on New Hampshire’s people, economy, public services, and local governance in the context of critical questions shaping our future. The data explain where New Hampshire has been, forecast where it is heading, and explore how current trends and policy choices facing the state will affect the well-being of its citizens. New Hampshire is changing, and this information is one way to measure that change.

One thing is certain: There is no single New Hampshire. This year’s edition updates many of the sections included in past editions, including an overview of the state’s regions. This selection of data on demographic, economic and environmental differences across New Hampshire will hopefully ground readers in some of the geographic variation underlying the policy challenges facing the Granite State as a whole.

New this year, you can download an Excel file of the various sets of demographic, economic and community-level data in the report by clicking the link in the right-hand column above. There you'll also find a set of charts illustrating that information. In addition, explore our interactive map of the state, below. Click on any city or town to get detailed demographic data about that community.

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