New Hampshire's Foreign-Born Population Growing More Slowly Than National Average

Oct 19, 2015

A screenshot from the Pew interactive "U.S. Immigration: National and State Trends and Actions."

  New Hampshire’s foreign-born population continues to grow, though not as quickly as the national rate.

An analysis of census data from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows the percentage of foreign-born residents in New Hampshire has risen to 5.4 percent.

That's up a percentage point since 1980 - but the rate more than doubled over that time nationally, to 13 percent.

Pew’s Michele Waslin says three decades ago U.S. immigrants were concentrated in just a few states - “California, Illinois, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Florida. But now," she says, "we really see that all 50 states have larger immigrant populations.”

The report also shows that of New Hampshire’s roughly 71,000 foreign-born residents, an estimated 10,000 are unauthorized – less than 1 percent of the population.

For NHPR News, I’m Brady Carlson.