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NH Among States With White Deaths Outnumbering Births
 
Published Monday, March 13, 2017
by MATTHEW J. MOWRY

The Granite State is among 17 states that experienced more deaths among white people than births in 2014, up from just four states in 2004.

Also on the list was most of New England as Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts were also among the 17.

“This is the highest number of states with white natural decrease in U.S. history,” according to a report by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of NH in Durham.

Among the report’s other key findings:

• Several of the states experiencing white natural decrease (more deaths than births) are among the nation’s most populous and urbanized.

• The rising number of older adults, the falling number of women of childbearing age and lower fertility rates increase the likelihood of white natural decrease.

• The growing incidence of white natural decrease and the increasing shift to a more racially/ethnically diverse U.S. population has major policy implications.

• Though one-third of U.S. states had more white deaths than white births in 2014, only two states—West Virginia and Maine—had more deaths than births in their overall populations.


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