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Poverty in New Hampshire: 2014 Poll

In 2014, the Investing in Communities Initiative (ICI), a capacity-building initiative in New Hampshire from 2013-2016, commissioned a public and legislator opinion research project on the issue of poverty in New Hampshire. The project was conducted by a group of professional researchers and consisted of focus groups, a poll of New Hampshire residents, and a focused survey of members of the New Hampshire legislature.

In a session with the pollsters in January 2015, ICI shared in-depth findings from the research and communications guidance for talking about policies to reduce poverty with a group of 40 advocacy leaders. ICI staff also shared the findings of the survey with advocates and legislators at the “Walk a Day in My Shoes” poverty simulation conducted in May 2015 and in less formal settings of advocates, including meetings of the NH CARES coalition.

Poll Results Press Release & Slides

Learn more about the project and key findings in this February 2015 interview with New Hampshire Public Radio.

For additional information about this research, contact staff at the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute.

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Census Data Show Challenges with Income, Poverty, and Housing Costs

14 Sep 2017

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The Census Bureau released the one-year estimates for 2016 population characteristics based on the American Community Survey on September 14, showing poverty and unemployment in New Hampshire continue to decline in the wake of the Great Recession, but some groups are still struggling more than others. The poverty rate, or the number of people below the poverty threshold, dropped a statistically significant amount between 2015 and 2016, from 8.2 percent to 7.3 percent, with an estimated 94,289 Granite Staters in poverty in 2016.