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New Hampshire has a problem it's not sure how to fix: It's 94 percent white

This problem might exist in most of New England, but The New York Times is concerned with New Hampshire, which is trying to fix the problem of being too white.


The New York Times reports:

New Hampshire, like its neighbors Vermont and Maine, is nearly all white. This has posed an array of problems for new arrivals, who often find themselves isolated and alone, without the comfort and support of a built-in community.

It has also posed problems for employers in these states, who find that their homogeneity can be a barrier to recruiting and retaining workers of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.

New Hampshire’s neighbors, Vermont and Maine, are 95 percent white, making northern New England collectively the whitest region in a nation where white residents make up just over 60 percent of the population, according to the census.

Is it just us, or is it weird that the Times opened its article by sharing the plight of Catalina Celentano, who “used to hold training sessions for hospital workers in Lynn, Mass., to familiarize them with the cultures of patients from Cambodia, Russia and the Dominican Republic” but “suddenly found herself in an ethnic vacuum” when she moved to New Hampshire?

“The only person I spoke Spanish with was a cleaning lady and she moved back to Colombia,” Celentano said.

We believe diversity is almost always a good thing, but we really are getting a chuckle out of lily-white New Hampshire wondering how to make itself less white. Maybe start by making the state more livable for everybody … or build a big empty city among all the vacation homes for people to move into?


We’re guessing their work is done when they’ve built a population that “looks like America.”

To be honest, the tweet is misleading — according to the article, a lot of what New Hampshire sees as a problem is that the state has an older population and has trouble attracting young people as well.


According to the Times, the state is looking at its overwhelming whiteness more as a business problem than a social one: “diversity has become a bottom-line imperative for companies competing for talent.”

Maybe immigrants just can’t find a house there?

“Housing is at the core of why there aren’t more immigrants — there’s no place for them,” [demographic analyst Peter Francese] said. “An ethnic person who wants to come in with a family of four or five people is not going to find a home they can afford, and there’s almost no rental housing whatsoever.” In addition, Northern New England has the nation’s highest concentration of second homes, making the housing market especially tight.

So that’s another problem: the state has the highest concentration of second homes? Yeah, we hear that even socialists from Vermont are tying up three homes.



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