The numbers on the 2010 Census were released two days ago. The reporting concentrated mostly on the big states like Texas and California, and states that gained or lost U.S. House seats (like Massachusetts, which—wiith their big-government, high-taxing socialist politics—lost two Congressional seats…oh joy!)
But what about the Free State of New Hampshire? What do the numbers reveal about our state?
Well, with a h/t to the Union Leader, let me tell you all about it….
New Hampshire grew in population more than any other New England state between 2000 and 2010, with a 6.5% increase. "Wow," you say? Not so: Between 1970 and 1980 New Hampshire population grew by 25%. Between 1980 and 1990 our population grew by 21%. So 6.5% is very small by recent historical standards.
Also of interest is where those increased numbers of people are coming from. One survey in the past 10 years showed that over half the people in NH weren’t born here, they moved here. In fact, that’s one reason New Hampshire was blessed by being chosen in 2003 by the Free State Project (percentage of native-born residents in state population was only one of many data-points we studied in arriving at a decision when the vote was held).
So what about the approximately 80,000 increase in population in New Hampshire between 2000 and 2010? It turns out that more than half comes from…new babies! There were 45,000 more births during the past decade than deaths. So the "actual" in-migration to New Hampshire has been about 35,000 people…a drop in the proverbial bucket compared to the state’s overall population of more than 1.3 million. And that brings us back to the Free State Project: One of the recurring complaints and predictions of doom by liberty activists elsewhere has been that "All those socialists from Massachusetts will move into New Hampshire and bring their ugly politics with them!" Wah, wah, wah.
But sorry, you dummies: The fact is, a good chunk of that 35,000 in-migration to the Free State came not only from Freestaters, but also were people who "thought" about the best, safest, and healthiest place to live in America. Not to mention what state has the brightest future in terms of low taxes, small government, individual freedom, Constitutional liberty, personal responsibiltiy, free enterprise, and economic growth. Thanks to the increasingly freedom-oriented voters, that place is indisputably the Free State of New Hampshire. That is why New Hampshire has a growing population when the rest of New England is losing population, and that is why our state was chosen by the patriots and liberty-activists of the Free State Project. Learn more "why" in the following video: