The Changing Faces of New Hampshire: Demographic Trends in the Granite State


Program Description:

While NH's 6.5 percent population gain since 2000 is modest compared to that of faster growing states in the West and South, it is nearly double other Northeastern states. However, the current recession has slowed NH's growth, forcing policy makers to again face the perennial quandary about the state's future demographics. In particular, they are concerned about two issues. First, are we an old state? Second, are young adults leaving the Granite State?


Ken Johnson

Kenneth M. Johnson is senior demographer at the Carsey Institute and professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He is a nationally recognized expert on demographic trends in rural and urban America. His research at the Carsey Institute examines national and regional population redistribution trends, demographic trends in recreational areas, the impact of immigration, and the relationship between demographic and environmental change. He has authored a book and more than 200 articles, reports, and papers. His research has been published in academic journals, including Demography, Population and Development Review, Social Forces, Ecological Applications, the Wilson Quarterly, and Rural Sociology. Dr. Johnson’s research has also been reported in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today, and he has appeared on ABC's World News Tonight, NBC's Nightly News, CNN, BBC, and National Public Radio. Ken received his doctorate degree in sociology and demography from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his undergraduate training at the University of Michigan.

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