Cheshire County, NH

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Population

76,109

0.276% decline

Median Age

42.5


Median Household Income

$60,148

3.07% growth

Poverty Rate

10.2%


Number of Employees

40,037

0.263% growth

Median Property Value

$188,700

0.747% growth

About

In 2017, Cheshire County, NH had a population of 76.1k people with a median age of 42.5 and a median household income of $60,148. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Cheshire County, NH declined from 76,320 to 76,109, a -0.276% decrease and its median household income grew from $58,359 to $60,148, a 3.07% increase.

The population of Cheshire County, NH is 94.5% White Alone, 1.71% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.57% Two or More Races. 2.98% of the people in Cheshire County, NH speak a non-English language, and 98.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Cheshire County, NH are Keene State College (1,053 degrees awarded in 2016), Franklin Pierce University (674 degrees), and Antioch University-New England (201 degrees).

The median property value in Cheshire County, NH is $188,700, and the homeownership rate is 70.3%. Most people in Cheshire County, NH commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Cheshire County, NH is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Mt Washington, part of the presidential range in Conway, NH is the highest mountain in the northeast United States at almost 6,300 feet.

Economy

The economy of Cheshire County, NH employs 40k people. The largest industries in Cheshire County, NH are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,773 people), Manufacturing (5,602 people), and Educational Services (5,415 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($84,800), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($57,697), and Finance & Insurance ($54,096).

Median household income in Cheshire County, NH is $60,148. Males in Cheshire County, NH have an average income that is 1.39 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,292. The income inequality in Cheshire County, NH (measured using the Gini index) is 0.463, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$60,148

2017 value

± $1,832

3.07%

1 Year Growth

± 4.33%

Households in Cheshire County, NH have a median annual income of $60,148, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $58,359 in 2016, which represents a 3.07% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$72,929

Average Male Salary

± $3,049

$52,292

Average Female Salary

± $2,191

In 2017, full-time male employees in Cheshire County, NH made 1.39 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Cheshire County, NH by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $62,821 ± $14,027

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $58,194 ± $95,882

  3. White

    $53,561 ± $1,737

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Cheshire County, NH workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.08 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Cheshire County, NH is from New Hampshire.

0.463

2017 Wage GINI

0.463

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New Hampshire was 0.463 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.132% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for New Hampshire was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in New Hampshire in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in New Hampshire across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9706

  2. Census Tract 9715

  3. Census Tract 9714.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Cheshire County, NH was Census Tract 9706 with a value of $75,490, followed by Census Tract 9715 and Census Tract 9714.02, with respective values of $75,000 and $74,830.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Cheshire County, NH colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cheshire County, NH (7.3k out of 71.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    6,793 ± 554

  2. Hispanic

    208 ± 149

  3. Asian

    190 ± 148

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Cheshire County, NH is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

40k

2017 Value

± 1,260

0.263%

1 Year growth

± 4.5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cheshire County, NH grew at a rate of 0.263%, from 39.9k employees to 40k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cheshire County, NH, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,205 people), Management Occupations (3,961 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,643 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Cheshire County, NH.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Cheshire County, NH, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,205 people), Management Occupations (3,961 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,643 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cheshire County, NH has an unusually high number of residents working as Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.38 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.28 times), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.21 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Cheshire County, NH, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($67,212), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($64,833), and Legal Occupations ($64,444).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

40k

2017 Value

± 1,260

0.263%

1 Year growth

± 4.5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cheshire County, NH grew at a rate of 0.263%, from 39.9k employees to 40k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cheshire County, NH, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,773 people), Manufacturing (5,602 people), and Educational Services (5,415 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Cheshire County, NH, though some of these residents may live in Cheshire County, NH and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Cheshire County, NH, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,773 people), Manufacturing (5,602 people), and Educational Services (5,415 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cheshire County, NH has an unusually high number of Wholesale Trade (1.64 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.46 times), and Manufacturing (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Cheshire County, NH, by median earnings, are Utilities ($84,800), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($57,697), and Finance & Insurance ($54,096).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from New Hampshire to other states, or from other states to New Hampshire.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $8.76B

  2. $4.8B

  3. $3.29B

In 2015, the top outbound New Hampshire product (by dollars) was Electronics with $8.76B, followed by Fuel oils with $4.8B and Machinery and $3.29B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound New Hampshire products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$44.8B

2015 Value

$75.6B

Projected 2045 Value

68.6% growth

In 2015, total outbound New Hampshire trade was $44.8B. This is expected to increase 68.6% to $75.6B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound New Hampshire trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from New Hampshire to other states, or from other states to New Hampshire.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $5.7B

  2. $2.35B

  3. $1.93B

In 2015, the top outbound New Hampshire domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $5.7B, followed by Maine with $2.35B and New York and $1.93B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that New Hampshire shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

91.5% of the population of Cheshire County, NH has health coverage, with 53.8% on employee plans, 11.2% on Medicaid, 14.4% on Medicare, 10.8% on non-group plans, and 1.27% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Cheshire County, NH was $9,589 in 2014. This is a 2.35% increase from the previous year ($9,369).

Primary care physicians in Cheshire County, NH see 1380 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.13% decrease from the previous year (1410 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1579 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 318 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Coos County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11.5%). Additionally, Belknap County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (30.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,380 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Cheshire County, NH see an average of 1,380 patients per year. This represents a 2.13% decrease from the previous year (1,410 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Cheshire County, NH in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,589

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,880

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,129

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,397

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New Hampshire (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.35%, from $9,369 to $9,589.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.54%

Uninsured

53.8%

Employer Coverage

11.2%

Medicaid

14.4%

Medicare

10.8%

Non-Group

1.27%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cheshire County, NH declined by 11.3% from 9.62% to 8.54%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Cheshire County, NH changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 11.5% prevalence

  2. 10.6% prevalence

  3. 10.1% prevalence

Coos County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in New Hampshire, at 11.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in New Hampshire by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Cheshire County, NH is home to a population of 76.1k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.16% of Cheshire County, NH residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Cheshire County, NH is composed of 71.9k White Alone residents (94.5%), 1.3k Hispanic or Latino residents (1.71%), 1.2k Two or More Races residents (1.57%), 970 Asian Alone residents (1.27%), 506 Black or African American Alone residents (0.665%), 125 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.164%), 56 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0736%), and 25 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0328%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Cheshire County, NH are French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (427 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (387 speakers), and German (317 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

48

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Cheshire County, NH was 42.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 48. But people in Cheshire County, NH are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Cheshire County, NH residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.16%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.02%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.16% of Cheshire County, NH residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Cheshire County, NH was 3.02%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Canada

    9,523 ± 2,387 people

  2. India

    7,906 ± 2,177 people

  3. Dominican Republic

    3,486 ± 1,448 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Cheshire County, NH was Canada, the natal country of 9,523 Cheshire County, NH residents, followed by India with 7,906 and Dominican Republic with 3,486.

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Citizenship

98.7%

2017 Citizenship

98.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.7% of Cheshire County, NH residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Cheshire County, NH was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    71.9k ± 69

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1.3k ± 243

  3. Two or More Races

    1.2k ± 206

In 2017, there were 55.2 times more White Alone residents (71.9k people) in Cheshire County, NH than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.3k Hispanic or Latino and 1.2k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Cheshire County, NH as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    427 speakers (0.586%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    387 speakers (0.531%)

  3. German

    317 speakers (0.435%)

2.98% of Cheshire County, NH citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Cheshire County, NH was French (Incl. Patois, Cajun). 0.586% of the overall population of Cheshire County, NH are native French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) speakers. 0.531% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 0.435% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun), the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,132 ± 214

  2. Korea

    746 ± 177

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    708 ± 152

Cheshire County, NH has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.86 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Cheshire County, NH awarded 1,971 degrees. The student population of Cheshire County, NH is skewed towards women, with 3,098 male students and 4,379 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Cheshire County, NH are White (1,623 and 82.5%), followed by Unknown (190 and 9.65%), Hispanic or Latino (65 and 3.3%), and Black or African American (36 and 1.83%).

The largest universities in Cheshire County, NH by number of degrees awarded are Keene State College (1,053 and 53.4%), Franklin Pierce University (674 and 34.2%), and Antioch University-New England (201 and 10.2%).

The most popular majors in Cheshire County, NH are General Psychology (133 and 6.75%), Occupational Safety & Health Technology (122 and 6.19%), and Elementary Education & Teaching (110 and 5.58%).

The median tuition costs in Cheshire County, NH are $31,500 for private four year colleges, and $10,968 and $19,352 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 101 degrees awarded

  2. 133 degrees awarded

  3. 114 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Cheshire County, NH was Registered Nursing with 101 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Cheshire County, NH according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,053 degrees awarded

  2. 674 degrees awarded

  3. 201 degrees awarded

$10,968

Median In-State Public

$31,500

Median Private

In 2016, the Cheshire County, NH institution with the largest number of graduating students was Keene State College with 1,053 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

698

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,273

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 698 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Cheshire County, NH, which is 0.548 times less than the 1,273 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,623 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    190 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    65 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Cheshire County, NH were to White students. These 1,623 degrees mean that there were 8.54 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 190 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Cheshire County, NH was $188,700 in 2017, which is 0.867 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $187,300 to $188,700, a 0.747% increase. The homeownership rate in Cheshire County, NH is 70.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Cheshire County, NH have an average commute time of 21.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Cheshire County, NH is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$60,148

Median Household Income

± $1,832

30.5k

Number of Households

± 1,065

In 2017, the median household income of the 30.5k households in Cheshire County, NH grew to $60,148 from the previous year's value of $58,359.

The following chart displays the households in Cheshire County, NH distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$188,700

2017 Median

± $3,570

$187,300

2016 Median

± $3,901

In 2017, the median property value in Cheshire County, NH grew to to $188,700 from the previous year's value of $187,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Cheshire County, NH compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cheshire County, NH the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Cheshire County, NH distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cheshire County, NH the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

70.3%

2017 Homeownership

70.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 70.3% of the housing units in Cheshire County, NH were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 70.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Cheshire County, NH compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Cheshire County, NH distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Cheshire County, NH have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

21.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cheshire County, NH have a shorter commute time (21.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.18% of the workforce in Cheshire County, NH have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76.7%

  2. Worked At Home

    9.48%

  3. Carpooled

    8.36%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Cheshire County, NH was Drove Alone, followed by those who Worked At Home and those who Carpooled.

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