If you commute to Mass., you’ve got 123,000 colleagues

  • Courtesy—NH Economic Development

Monitor staff
Published: 2/13/2020 12:05:53 PM
Modified: 2/13/2020 12:05:43 PM

Here’s a bit of minor consolation for the next time you’re crawling south in heavy I-93 traffic going to your Massachusetts job: You are not alone. Not even close.

In 2017, the most recent year for which Census Bureau data is available, there were 123,000 people like you, commuting from New Hampshire to other states for their job. 

That’s almost one in five New Hampshire workers, as the latest monthly report from New Hampshire Employment Security notes. 

Among all states, only Rhode Island has a larger percentage of residents commuting across state lines – most of them presumably drawn, like New Hampshire commuters, to the Greater Boston Area.

As the monthly report notes, this is largely a function of geography. Northeast states are so small that it doesn’t take too much driving to get to a border as compared to people are, say, living in Texas.

A lot of people drive into New Hampshire for work, as well. Only the two smallest states, Delaware and Rhode Island, have larger percentages of their workforce coming in from out of state. 

Here are the numbers: in 2017 we had 123,000 out-of-state commuters, or 19.4% of the workplace, and 82,000 people who commuted into the state, or 13.8% of the workforce.




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