Merrimack County, NH

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Population

147,958

0.165% growth

Median Age

42.8


Median Household Income

$69,856

3.98% growth

Poverty Rate

7.71%


Number of Employees

77,527

1.25% growth

Median Property Value

$226,700

0.666% growth

About

In 2017, Merrimack County, NH had a population of 148k people with a median age of 42.8 and a median household income of $69,856. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Merrimack County, NH grew from 147,715 to 147,958, a 0.165% increase and its median household income grew from $67,181 to $69,856, a 3.98% increase.

The population of Merrimack County, NH is 93.1% White Alone, 1.98% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.78% Asian Alone. 5.16% of the people in Merrimack County, NH speak a non-English language, and 97.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Merrimack County, NH are NHTI-Concord's Community College (719 degrees awarded in 2016), Granite State College (629 degrees), and New England College (521 degrees).

The median property value in Merrimack County, NH is $226,700, and the homeownership rate is 70.9%. Most people in Merrimack County, NH commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Merrimack County, NH is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Merrimack County, NH employs 77.5k people. The largest industries in Merrimack County, NH are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,918 people), Retail Trade (9,306 people), and Educational Services (8,460 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($61,839), Finance & Insurance ($58,036), and Utilities ($57,500).

Median household income in Merrimack County, NH is $69,856. Males in Merrimack 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 Merrimack County, NH (measured using the Gini index) is 0.463, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$69,856

2017 value

± $1,417

3.98%

1 Year Growth

± 2.76%

Households in Merrimack County, NH have a median annual income of $69,856, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $67,181 in 2016, which represents a 3.98% 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 Merrimack 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 Merrimack 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 Merrimack 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.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Merrimack County, NH by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Merrimack 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 310.01

  2. Census Tract 325

  3. Census Tract 310.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Merrimack County, NH was Census Tract 310.01 with a value of $109,107, followed by Census Tract 325 and Census Tract 310.02, with respective values of $99,643 and $96,280.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

7.71% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Merrimack County, NH (10.9k out of 141k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

    9,953 ± 691

  2. Asian

    535 ± 246

  3. Hispanic

    307 ± 147

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

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

77.5k

2017 Value

± 1,703

1.25%

1 Year growth

± 3.02%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Merrimack County, NH grew at a rate of 1.25%, from 76.6k employees to 77.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Merrimack County, NH, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,076 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,567 people), and Management Occupations (7,769 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Merrimack County, NH.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Merrimack County, NH, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,076 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,567 people), and Management Occupations (7,769 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Merrimack County, NH has an unusually high number of residents working as Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.23 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.22 times), and Legal Occupations (1.19 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Merrimack County, NH, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($83,953), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($75,280), and Legal Occupations ($75,051).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

77.5k

2017 Value

± 1,703

1.25%

1 Year growth

± 3.02%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Merrimack County, NH grew at a rate of 1.25%, from 76.6k employees to 77.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Merrimack County, NH, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,918 people), Retail Trade (9,306 people), and Educational Services (8,460 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Merrimack County, NH, though some of these residents may live in Merrimack 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 Merrimack County, NH, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,918 people), Retail Trade (9,306 people), and Educational Services (8,460 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Merrimack County, NH has an unusually high number of Public Administration (1.26 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.2 times), and Educational Services (1.18 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Merrimack County, NH, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($61,839), Finance & Insurance ($58,036), and Utilities ($57,500).

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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

93% of the population of Merrimack County, NH has health coverage, with 57.5% on employee plans, 10.6% on Medicaid, 13.1% on Medicare, 10.6% on non-group plans, and 1.29% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Merrimack County, NH see 897 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.79% increase from the previous year (856 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1281 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 285 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

897 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Merrimack County, NH see an average of 897 patients per year. This represents a 4.79% increase from the previous year (856 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Merrimack 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%).

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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

7.02%

Uninsured

57.5%

Employer Coverage

10.6%

Medicaid

13.1%

Medicare

10.6%

Non-Group

1.29%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Merrimack County, NH declined by 8.29% from 7.66% to 7.02%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Merrimack 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

Merrimack County, NH is home to a population of 148k people, from which 97.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.82% of Merrimack County, NH residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Merrimack County, NH is composed of 138k White Alone residents (93.1%), 2.94k Hispanic or Latino residents (1.98%), 2.63k Asian Alone residents (1.78%), 2.63k Two or More Races residents (1.77%), 1.74k Black or African American Alone residents (1.18%), 123 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0831%), 105 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.071%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Merrimack County, NH are French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (1,963 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (1,104 speakers), and Other Indic Languages (802 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Merrimack County, NH was 42.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Merrimack County, NH are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Merrimack County, NH residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.82%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.46%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 4.82% of Merrimack 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 Merrimack County, NH was 4.46%, 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 Merrimack County, NH was Canada, the natal country of 9,523 Merrimack County, NH residents, followed by India with 7,906 and Dominican Republic with 3,486.

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Citizenship

97.6%

2017 Citizenship

97.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.6% of Merrimack County, NH residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Merrimack County, NH was 97.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    138k ± 45

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2.94k ± 335

  3. Asian Alone

    2.63k ± 261

In 2017, there were 46.9 times more White Alone residents (138k people) in Merrimack County, NH than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.94k Hispanic or Latino and 2.63k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    1,963 speakers (1.4%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    1,104 speakers (0.788%)

  3. Other Indic Languages

    802 speakers (0.572%)

5.16% of Merrimack 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 Merrimack County, NH was French (Incl. Patois, Cajun). 1.4% of the overall population of Merrimack County, NH are native French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) speakers. 0.788% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 0.572% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun), the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,997 ± 295

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,241 ± 235

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,070 ± 203

Merrimack County, NH has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.22 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Merrimack County, NH awarded 2,400 degrees. The student population of Merrimack County, NH is skewed towards women, with 4,084 male students and 6,345 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Merrimack County, NH are White (1,875 and 80.6%), followed by Unknown (192 and 8.25%), Black or African American (87 and 3.74%), and Hispanic or Latino (73 and 3.14%).

The largest universities in Merrimack County, NH by number of degrees awarded are NHTI-Concord's Community College (719 and 30%), Granite State College (629 and 26.2%), and New England College (521 and 21.7%).

The most popular majors in Merrimack County, NH are General Business Administration & Management (251 and 10.5%), General Studies (178 and 7.42%), and Accounting (116 and 4.83%).

The median tuition costs in Merrimack County, NH are $23,162 for private four year colleges, and $7,200 and $8,040 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 106 degrees awarded

  2. 81 degrees awarded

  3. 150 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Merrimack County, NH was General Psychology with 106 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 719 degrees awarded

  2. 629 degrees awarded

  3. 521 degrees awarded

$7,200

Median In-State Public

$23,162

Median Private

In 2016, the Merrimack County, NH institution with the largest number of graduating students was NHTI-Concord's Community College with 719 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

852

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,548

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 852 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Merrimack County, NH, which is 0.55 times less than the 1,548 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Merrimack County, NH by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,875 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    192 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    87 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Merrimack County, NH were to White students. These 1,875 degrees mean that there were 9.77 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 192 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Merrimack County, NH was $226,700 in 2017, which is 1.04 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $225,200 to $226,700, a 0.666% increase. The homeownership rate in Merrimack County, NH is 70.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Merrimack County, NH have an average commute time of 24.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Merrimack 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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$69,856

Median Household Income

± $1,417

57.2k

Number of Households

± 1,378

In 2017, the median household income of the 57.2k households in Merrimack County, NH grew to $69,856 from the previous year's value of $67,181.

The following chart displays the households in Merrimack 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

$226,700

2017 Median

± $2,508

$225,200

2016 Median

± $3,262

In 2017, the median property value in Merrimack County, NH grew to to $226,700 from the previous year's value of $225,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Merrimack 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 Merrimack 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 Merrimack County, NH distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Merrimack County, NH the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

70.9%

2017 Homeownership

70.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 70.9% of the housing units in Merrimack County, NH were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 70.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Merrimack 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 Merrimack County, NH distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Merrimack County, NH have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

24.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Merrimack County, NH have a shorter commute time (24.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.21% of the workforce in Merrimack County, NH have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.1%

  2. Carpooled

    8.2%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.59%

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

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