Merrimack County, NH

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2022 Population
153,918
0.611% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jeanne Shaheen
Democratic Party
US Senator
Maggie Hassan
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
42.8
0.465% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
7.25%
4.05% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$88,806
7.7% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$297,600
16.7% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
80,423
0.497% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Merrimack County, NH had a population of 154k people with a median age of 42.8 and a median household income of $88,806. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Merrimack County, NH grew from 152,983 to 153,918, a 0.611% increase and its median household income grew from $82,457 to $88,806, a 7.7% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Merrimack County, NH are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.57%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.94%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.51%), and White (Hispanic) (1%).

None of the households in Merrimack County, NH reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.3% of the residents in Merrimack County, NH are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Merrimack County, NH are Southern New Hampshire University (29,238 degrees awarded in 2022), New England College (1,244 degrees), and NHTI-Concord's Community College (689 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Merrimack County, NH was $297,600, and the homeownership rate was 73.8%.

Most people in Merrimack County, NH drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Merrimack County, NH was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Merrimack County, NH is home to a population of 154k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.54% of Merrimack County, NH residents were born outside of the country (6.99k people).

In 2022, there were 35.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (140k people) in Merrimack County, NH than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.95k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 2.98k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.3%
2022 Citizenship
98.1%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.3% of Merrimack County, NH residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Merrimack County, NH was 98.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Merrimack County, NH
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    140k ± 306
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    3.95k ± 514
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    2.98k ± 326
2.47%
Hispanic Population
3.8k people

In 2022, there were 35.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (140k people) in Merrimack County, NH than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.95k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 2.98k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.47% of the people in Merrimack County, NH are hispanic (3.8k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Canada
    8,274 ± 2,227 people
  2. India
    7,491 ± 2,119 people
  3. Dominican Republic
    5,567 ± 1,828 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New Hampshire was Canada, the natal country of 8,274 New Hampshire residents, followed by India with 7,491 and Dominican Republic with 5,567.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.54%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
6.99k people
4.97%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
7.61k people

As of 2022, 4.54% of Merrimack County, NH residents (6.99k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Merrimack County, NH was 4.97%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,400 ± 349
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,923 ± 263
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,688 ± 255

Merrimack County, NH has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.77 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Merrimack County, NH employs 80.4k people. The largest industries in Merrimack County, NH are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,498 people), Retail Trade (9,609 people), and Educational Services (7,771 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($99,963), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($95,268), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($79,318).

Males in New Hampshire have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $66,483. The income inequality in New Hampshire (measured using the Gini index) is 0.454, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

80.4k
2022 Value
± 1,994
−0.497%
1 Year decline
± 3.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Merrimack County, NH declined at a rate of −0.497%, from 80.8k employees to 80.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Merrimack County, NH, are Management Occupations (8,801 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,586 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (8,173 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Merrimack County, NH.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

80.4k
2022 Value
± 1,994
−0.497%
1 Year decline
± 3.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Merrimack County, NH declined at a rate of −0.497%, from 80.8k employees to 80.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Merrimack County, NH, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,498 people), Retail Trade (9,609 people), and Educational Services (7,771 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Merrimack County, NH, though some of these residents may live in Merrimack County, NH and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$57,887
Median earning men ± $1,319
$43,343
Median earning women ± $1,343

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($87,125), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($73,478), and Public Administration ($69,816).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($60,298), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($53,347), and Public Administration ($53,056).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.71%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 693k people employed in New Hampshire. This represents a 2.71% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 16.3%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,576
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 964
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 884
    Manufacturing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Merrimack County, NH went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 54% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (44.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.74%).

Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan are the senators currently representing the state of New Hampshire. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

New Hampshire is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from New Hampshire

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Jeanne Shaheen
Senator from New Hampshire2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009
Maggie Hassan
Senator from New Hampshire3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan are the senators currently representing New Hampshire.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from New Hampshire

New Hampshire is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Merrimack County, NH awarded 32,239 degrees. The student population of Merrimack County, NH in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 62,654 male students and 110,259 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Merrimack County, NH are White (18,539 and 59.3%), followed by Black or African American (4,056 and 13%), Unknown (3,970 and 12.7%), and Hispanic or Latino (3,095 and 9.9%).

The largest universities in Merrimack County, NH by number of degrees awarded are Southern New Hampshire University (29,238 and 90.7%), New England College (1,244 and 3.86%), and NHTI-Concord's Community College (689 and 2.14%).

The most popular majors in Merrimack County, NH are General Business Administration & Management (7,507 and 23.3%), General Psychology (2,950 and 9.15%), and General Studies (1,781 and 5.52%).

The median tuition costs in Merrimack County, NH are $24,557 for private four year colleges, and $7,536 and $8,880 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Merrimack County, NH, the percentage of applicants admitted was 96.2%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 33%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 172,913 (36.2% men and 63.8% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 172,913 students enrolled in Merrimack County, NH, 36.2% men and 63.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 88,306 records, of which 63.2% were women and 36.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 1,250 degrees awarded
  2. 4,557 degrees awarded
  3. 2,342 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Merrimack County, NH was General Studies with 1,250 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Merrimack County, NH according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 29,238 degrees awarded
  2. 1,244 degrees awarded
  3. 689 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Southern New Hampshire University with 29,238 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 11,696 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Merrimack County, NH, which is 0.569 times less than the 20,543 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 18,539 degrees mean that there were 4.57 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 4,056 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($24,557) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($750) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,400) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 0.529% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.509% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (315k), Bachelors Degree (255k), and Some college (221k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Merrimack County, NH was $297,600 in 2022, which is 1.06 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $255,100 to $297,600, a 16.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Merrimack County, NH is 73.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Merrimack County, NH have an average commute time of 26.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Merrimack County, NH is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Merrimack County, NH is $88,806. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Merrimack County, NH was Census Tract 310.02 with a value of $148,785, followed by Census Tract 310.01 and Census Tract 328, with respective values of $147,089 and $140,774.

In 2022, 14.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Merrimack County, NH. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.2%.

Property

$297,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,921
$44,153
Median Property Taxes
±$1,276

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Merrimack County, NH the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

73.8%
Homeownership
2022
59.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 73.8% of the housing units in Merrimack County, NH were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 310.02
  2. Census Tract 310.01
  3. Census Tract 328

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Merrimack County, NH was Census Tract 310.02 with a value of $148,785, followed by Census Tract 310.01 and Census Tract 328, with respective values of $147,089 and $140,774.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Merrimack County, NH colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$88,806
Median Household Income
± $2,398
59.9k
Number of Households
± 1,712

In 2022, the median household income of the 59.9k households in Merrimack County, NH grew to $88,806 from the previous year's value of $82,457.

The following chart displays the households in Merrimack County, NH distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Merrimack County, NH is from New Hampshire.
0.454
2022 Wage GINI in New Hampshire
0.456
2021 Wage GINI in New Hampshire

In 2022, the income inequality in New Hampshire was 0.454 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.451% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for New Hampshire was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in New Hampshire in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (76.1%)
  2. Worked At Home (12.1%)
  3. Carpooled (7.75%)

In 2022, 76.1% of workers in Merrimack County, NH drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (12.1%) and those who carpooled to work (7.75%).

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Commute Time

26.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Merrimack County, NH have a longer commute time (26.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.69% of the workforce in Merrimack County, NH have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 14.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Merrimack County, NH. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.2%.

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Poverty & Diversity

7.25% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Merrimack County, NH (10.7k out of 148k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Merrimack County, NH is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 7.4% of the children was living in poverty in Merrimack County, NH. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 5.4%.

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Crimes & Accidents

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In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 158 in Merrimack County, NH. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 9.98 per 100,000 population.

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Health

94.5% of the population of Merrimack County, NH has health coverage, with 54.7% on employee plans, 11.2% on Medicaid, 15.3% on Medicare, 12% on non-group plans, and 1.36% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Merrimack County, NH see 952 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.93% increase from the previous year (916 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1272 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 221 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.6% were men and 51.4% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

952 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Merrimack County, NH

Primary care physicians in Merrimack County, NH see an average of 952 patients per year. This represents a 3.93% increase from the previous year (916 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.6% under 18 years, 20.3% between 18 and 34 years, 40.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.6% were men and 51.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.48%
Uninsured
54.7%
Employer Coverage
11.2%
Medicaid
15.3%
Medicare
12%
Non-Group
1.36%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Merrimack County, NH declined by 3.02% from 5.65% to 5.48%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 31.4 in Merrimack County, NH.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 30.1% in Merrimack County, NH.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 7.33% in Merrimack County, NH.

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