New Hampshire currently has a population of over 1. 3 million, which is about a six percent increase from 2001. Although this may seem like a lot, it is still less than one percent of the population of the United States, which was over 300 million in 2007. Fifty percent of the population is female. Over ninety percent of the population is Caucasian, while only about one percent is African American and the same for Asians.
The biggest age group represented in the population is age eighteen and older, with the age group of sixty five and older taking up the second largest representation. Although this may not seem large compared to some other states, New Hampshire had approximately 140 people living in a per square mile basis in 2000, which has certainly grown in the past nine years. Although citizens of New Hampshire do not have a general sales tax, there are taxes on things such as cigarettes, which has risen recently.
Due to a lack in tax revenue overall from the state, New Hampshire recently increased the tax per pack of cigarettes by twenty five cents. This puts the overall cigarette tax at over one dollar. Despite this lack in tax revenue, New Hampshire is one of the few states that are not severely affected by the current economic crisis. However, this does put them on the bottom end of an opportunity for a stimulus from the government. Any money that does go to the state is used to balance the budget, not create jobs, unlike other states.
As far as health care is concerned, New Hampshire is actually an advocate for a National Health Care system and even has the New Hampshire for Health Care as part of Service Employees International Union to help the President achieve his national health care goals. New Hampshire even helps its own residents when they cannot afford private insurance health coverage by have the New Hampshire Health Plan, which provides health coverage to those who cannot afford it. New Hampshire is home to many of the nation’s firsts.
As many may know, New Hampshire was one of the original thirteen colonies, but few may know that it was the first colony to declare independence from England, even though it was actually named after a town in England. From this, the delegates from New Hampshire were the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. It is the location of the first planted potato in the United States as well as the location for the first free public library. The first legal lottery calls New Hampshire its home, and the nation’s first women’s strike took place there too, in a mill.