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Welcome to the Socioeconomic Indicators of the North Country site at the Carsey Institute

The North Country of New Hampshire and adjacent counties or county equivalents in Vermont, Maine and Quebec, Canada are undergoing sweeping demographic, social and economic change. Families and communities in this region are struggling with economic and social stresses and changes that have complex origins and far reaching effects. The mainly rural communities in the region must cope with the impact of globalization, new land use patterns, changing demographics – including new patterns of in and out-migration – and challenging issues such as higher poverty rates and more limited access to essential services and infrastructure than other regions in each State or Province.

With support from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, the Carsey Institute has undertaken this benchmark and indicator work to provide North Country leaders with the information they need to understand and guide the change taking place in the region as they endeavor to move from managing decline to building a sustainable future that attracts and retains young people.

How the data are presented. For each category listed there are selected indicators with information presented in several ways. At the top of each indicator page is a map of the U.S. counties and the Canadian county equivalents with the most up-to-date information available (please note that Canadian data are not available for all indicators). These data are for a variety of different dates, but they serve as the most up-to-date information available and as baseline for monitoring change in the years to come. Below each map is a graph that illustrates the indicator information over time and a table containing the actual time series data.

What sources did we use? Data presented on the Indicator Website come from a range of public sources. For the U.S. counties, these sources include the U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Labor, and Bureau of Economic Analysis, to name a few at the federal level. Some of our indicators – such as teen birth rates and mothers who receive late or no prenatal care – come from state sources. All data for the Canadian county equivalents come from either Statistics Canada or the Quebec Statistical Institute. Specific sources for each indicator are listed at the bottom of each indicator page.