Jan 3, 2016 1:51 PM

New babies and immigrants are growing NH's population, now above Maine's

CONCORD - The combination of more births than deaths and more immigrants has pushed New Hampshire's population above that of Maine for the first time in 200 years.

The Granite State had an estimated 1,330,608 residents as of last July 1, compared with 1,329,328 in Maine, according to recently released numbers from the U.S. Census.

Kenneth Johnson, a senior demographer at the Carsey School at University of New Hampshire, told the Union Leader these number are estimates and could be revised when the final population figures are calculated as part of the 2020 Census.

But these early numbers suggest that since mid-2010, New Hampshire gained about 14,000 new residents, while Maine gained fewer than 1,000.

According to Johnson several factors are at work.

First and foremost, New Hampshire has seen more births than deaths between 2010 and 2015, while Maine saw fewer, he said.

And even though more people are leaving New Hampshire and Maine than moving to either state, New Hampshire is receiving more immigrants from other countries (10,400) than did Maine (7,000) to offset those domestic losses.

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