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SCOTUS begins issuing new opinions, with another expected related to the power of federal agencies, the battleground state of Wisconsin gets a ruling on alternative voting sites, and coastal work is being done to help salt marshes withstand hurricanes.

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The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

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As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

Report: NH Sees Significant Decline Child Population

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Thursday, April 27, 2023   

New Hampshire experienced one of the country's greatest percentage declines in child population over the past decade, according to a new report.

The latest census data showed New Hampshire's child population fell 11% between 2010 and 2020, and analysts said a lack of housing is a big reason.

Phil Sletten, research director for the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, said housing is unaffordable and unavailable, preventing new families from moving to the state.

"New Hampshire has not built enough housing units since the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009 to keep up with demand," Sletten pointed out. "Which also spiked during the pandemic."

Sletten noted the median price of a single-family home in New Hampshire last month was 82% higher than it was six years ago, while the statewide rental vacancy rate for two-bedroom apartments last year fell to 0.3%.

New Hampshire has the second-oldest population in the U.S. and Sletten emphasized investments in education will be key to ensuring there are enough workers to care for the elderly as well as fill the statewide workforce, which remains thousands of workers below its pre-pandemic levels.

"That means that investments in children throughout the state, no matter where they are in the state, will become more important," Sletten contended.

Census data showed every county in New Hampshire also became more racially and ethnically diverse between 2010 and 2020. More than 20% of New Hampshire's children identified as being from a race or ethnicity other than white and non-Hispanic in 2020.


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