New Americans in New Hampshire: The Political and Economic Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in the Granite State (2013)

May 01, 2013
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Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians account for growing shares of the economy and electorate in New Hampshire. Immigrants (the foreign-born) make up more than 1 in 20 Granite Staters, and more than half of them are naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote. "New Americans" -- immigrants and the children of immigrants -- account for 5.7% of registered voters in the state. Immigrants not only contribute to the state's economy as workers, but also account for billions of dollars in tax revenue and consumer purchasing power. Moreover, Latinos and Asians (both foreign-born and native-born) wield $2.4 billion in consumer purchasing power, and the businesses they own had sales and receipts of more than $900 million and employed nearly 6,000 people at last count. At a time when the economy is still recovering, New Hampshire can ill-afford to alienate such an important component of its labor force, tax base, and business community.