Is New Hampshire Headed for a “Demographic Winter?”

January 5, 2012

According to the latest population data from the U.S. Census Bureau, New Hampshire is facing a “demographic winter” which means that there are too few young people to support the current population level. As shown in the chart below, between 2000 and 2010, the number of people under the age of 18 fell by 8 percent while the number of people over the age of 65 soared by 20 percent.

Chart Showing New Hampshire Population by Age Cohort 2000 to 2010

If you think generating economic growth is hard with a growing population, try doing it with a shrinking population. This is why protecting the traditional definition of marriage is so important, especially in regards to children. If we don’t have enough children to sustain the economy, everyone suffers–Who will plow the roads? Buy our houses when we’re ready to retire? Or create the next Google?

For more information, check out the movie below titled “Demographic Winter” which has been posted on YouTube in its entirety. The movie explains the concept and how it is becoming rampant all over the world. It runs for about 50 minutes, but I promise it is worth the trip . . . also, there is a follow-up movie called Demographic Bomb but is available only by purchase (watch Demographic Bomb trailer here).