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There are more than 11 post-secondary institutions in New Hampshire. Of these schools, 11 offer online programs. A total of two are public four-year colleges or universities and two are public community or technical colleges and seven are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. 135 online certificate programs, 780 online associates programs, 1,406 online bachelors programs, 628 online masters programs, 757 online professional programs, and 129 online doctoral programs are offered at these schools. In these programs, students may study subjects ranging from animation to early childhood education to homeland security.
Of the online colleges in New Hampshire, Southern New Hampshire University, a 4-year research university, offers the most number of programs online. Southern New Hampshire University offers 94 online programs. These programs are offered in the following areas:
- Business Administration
- Business Management
- Creative Writing
- Criminal Justice
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Fashion Merchandising
- Forensic Accounting
- Healthcare Administration
- Healthcare Management
- Human Resources
- Human Services
- Information Technology
- International Business
- Legal Assisting
- Liberal Arts
Tuition may vary for online college courses depending on factors such as the type and location of the institution as well as the program. Public four-year colleges and universities in New Hampshire charged students an average of $6,315 per year. Tuition at public community and technical colleges was $6,240 per year on average. Annual tuition at private accredited online colleges ranged from $13,926 to $39,978.
To offset tuition costs, New Hampshire college students received an estimated $5,950,683,601 worth of financial aid each year. Around 47.8% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. The remainder was in the form of loans that had to be paid back. About 96.67% of the scholarships and grants were in institutional grants. In 2010, the accredited New Hampshire online colleges granted their students $2,904,481,368 in institutional scholarships and grants.
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The total gross state product for New Hampshire was $61.16 billion in 2010. Based on these numbers, New Hampshire has the 10th weakest economy amongst the states in the nation.
The state has about 603,420 workers employed in the state. The three biggest industries in the state are:
- Retail trade
- Public administration
Approximately 14% of New Hampshire employees are working in the retail trade industry. Additionally, New Hampshire’s manufacturing industry employs approximately 13% of the total number of employees. Also, approximately 4% of New Hampshire workers are employed in the public administration industry.
The average wage of New Hampshire employees is approximately equal to the average wage for employees across the US. The national average annual income is $42,871, while employees in New Hampshire earn an average annual income of $44,450. The median income for employees is $34,740 per year. But, the top 10% of the state’s employees earn over $80,420 per year, while the bottom 10% earn under $18,210. The highest paid employees are gynecologists, while the lowest paid employees in the state are legislators. New Hampshire gynecologists can make up to $230,080 per annum, while legislators in the state can make as little as $17,570 per year. In the nation, gynecologists earn an average income of $210,340 per year. On the other hand, legislators in the nation earn an average annual salary of $38,470.
Named from the English county of Hampshire, New Hampshire is located in the Northeast region of the United States. The 6th smallest state in the nation, it has an area of 9,349 square miles. It has an average annual temperature of about 46°F.
The population of New Hampshire is the 10th smallest in the US. The state has 10 counties and 1,316,470 residents residing in these counties. Approximately 37% of those living in New Hampshire are less than 30 years old. Also, it has one of the least diverse populations in the country. An estimated 8% of the state’s population identifies itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.
New Hampshire’s capital city is Concord. However, the state’s largest city is Manchester, which has a population of 109,565 residents. An estimated 12.02% of the state’s residents live in the Manchester metropolitan area. Other large cities in the state include Nashua, Concord, Keene, and Portsmouth.
New Hampshire residents generally have a higher than average level of education as compared to those around the nation. According to the 2010 Census, an estimated 20.6% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have graduated from high school, 6% have at least an associates degree, 4.9% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.