A new survey of residents under age forty found the vast majority are satisfied with New Hampshire, but 30% are likely to consider moving out of state in the next two years.
The survey, sponsored by Stay Work Play, included 420 adults. It was intended to evaluate the quality of life for young residents and whether they plan to stay in New Hampshire. Stay Work Play is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and growing the young adult population in New Hampshire.
When comparing New Hampshire to other states, most poll respondents said New Hampshire had better taxes, public schools, outdoor recreation, safety, and sense of community.
On the other hand, respondents said New Hampshire had worse public transportation and nightlife. 21% also said they had no close friends in the area.
New Hampshire has one of the oldest populations in the United States, on average, and a relatively low percentage of college students who stay in-state after graduation. This aging population concerns some policymakers, who believe New Hampshire will face workforce shortages and higher health care costs.
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