CONCORD — New Hampshire had the highest population growth rate in the northeastern United States between 2016 and 2017, according to a recent study by Pew Charitable Trusts.

According to the Pew report, the state population increased by 0.58, approximately 8,000 people. Over the same period, the national median growth rate was 0.46 percent.

“This report adds to and confirms other data trends that are very encouraging,” said Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs.

“Census data have shown our net migration numbers increasing over the past two years, and the majority of those new residents are in that 25-44 age group we are targeting.”

Since it was established one year ago, the Department of Business and Economic Affairs has singularly focused on strengthening the state’s economy, through the work of its Divisions of Economic Development and Travel and Tourism Development.

“New Hampshire’s greatest asset is that it’s New Hampshire,” Caswell said. “Here you can work as an engineer in a biotech or precision manufacturing firm and after work be mountain biking while commuters in urban areas are still waiting just to get on the highway.”

Between 2016 and 2017, according to the Pew data, California had the next highest percentage of growth from New Hampshire, at 0.61 percent. Massachusetts, two spots below New Hampshire, grew at 0.53 percent.

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