6Durham, NH– Kenneth Johnson, professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire and senior demographer at the Carsey Institute, has written two new analyses based on U.S. Census Bureau data released today. 

The first analysis shows that New Hampshire’s population has surpassed Maine’s for the first time since 1800, when Maine had 152,000 residents and New Hampshire had 184,000. Johnson reports that New Hampshire has been growing faster than Maine throughout this decade. Since 2000, New Hampshire gained 89,000 new residents compared to Maine’s 43,000.
The second analysis shows that with less migration, natural increase is now more important to state growth. According to Johnson, the nation continues to experience reduced levels of domestic migration (movement from one state) as a result of the economic recession.
“For states that gained the most from domestic migration during the boom years of the mid-decade, the impact of the migration slowdown has been substantial. Florida, long a major recipient of migrants from other states, saw it domestic migration drop from a gain of 263,000 in 2005, to a loss of 31,000 last year,” he said. “In contrast, Massachusetts, which lost migrants to other states for most of the decade, enjoyed an inflow of domestic migrants and population growth last year.”