• New Hampshire currently has 75,000 foreign-born residents (6% of NH population vs 13% for American population)
  • Without foreign immigration, New Hampshire would have net population loss over past 5 years
  • NH foreign-born residents are generally highly educated. Two-thirds (62%) of NH foreign-born population is enrolled in college vs less than one-third (28%) for native-born NH residents
  • NH foreign-born residents come from: 34% Asia; 25%, Europe; 21% Latin America; 14% Canada; 6% Africa
  • NH foreign-born residents live in: 10% Manchester City; 9% Greater Nashua; 5% outer Manchester; 4% Seacoast Region; 4% Salem/Rockingham
  • NH residents who are poor or on public assistance: 8% foreign-born; 92% native-born

Reference: Delay, Dennis, and Daniel Barrick. May 2015. Policy Notes: An overview of New Hampshire’s foreign-born population. New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies. Concord, NH (copies: www.NHpolicy.org)


  • The six countries that have been the source of the most of NH’s refugees in the last five years are: Bhutan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Myanmar (Burma), Somalia, and Sudan.
  • From 2008 to 2014, on average 474 refugees have come to New Hampshire each year.
  • Since 2008, the most refugees coming to New Hampshire have been from Bhutan.
  • In the last seven years, the largest percentage (48%) of refugees have settled in Manchester, but since 2012, more refugees have resettled in Concord than Manchester.

Reference: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/omh/refugee/facts.htm