The Need to Know: NH, NC and Canada

By Sara Muller

New Hampshire

Crime Rate:


  • Ranked 47th in the country
  • Average of about 139 crimes per year



Climate: New Hampshire has avery diverse climate. Here there are four seasons. The summer is on the cooler side and is short,and the winter is long and cold. The weather is very unpredictable. It could snow one day and two days later be sunny and 50'F.


Racial Makeup:

White 94.4%

Black/ African American 1.4%

American Indian/ Alaska Native .3%

Asian 2.4%

Native Hawaiian/ Other/ Pacific Islanders 1.5%

Two or More Races 3%

Considering New Hampshire is 94.4% white there is not a big racial makeup.


Religion:

Protestant 34% Jehovah's Witness .5%

Catholic 29% Muslim .5%

Mormon 1% Buddhist 1%

Jewish 1% Hindu .5%

Non- Religious 26%


Taxes: New Hampshire does not have sales tax, but other taxes makeup for it. The individual income tax is 5%, and corporate income tax is 8.5%. The property tax is very high, $2518.


Property Values:

Property value $207,300

Rent $1,100


Unemployment: New Hampshire has a low unemployment rate compared to other states. The unemployment rate is 5.2% making New Hampshire ranked 39th with the highest unemployment rate in the country.


Economy: Many things contribute to New Hampshire's economy. Shoe making, manufacturing textiles, apples, and lumber are just a few.


Education: New Hampshire has a very good education overall placing them 10th in the country for education.


Holidays: There are no holidays that make New Hampshire unique. However, instead of having a spring break in March there is a February break and an April break.

North Carolina

Crime Rate:


  • Ranked 18th in the country
  • Average of about 476 crimes per year


Climate: Just like New Hampshire North Carolina receives all four seasons as well. The spring and fall is cool, and the winter is short and mild. The summer is hot and humid. Around late summer and early fall there maybe flooding due to hurricanes.


Racial Makeup:

White 71.9%

Black/ African American 22%

American Indian/ Alaska Native 1.5%

Asian 2.5%

Native Hawaiian/ Other Pacific Islanders .1%

Hispanic or Latino 8.7%

Two or More Races 2%

North Carolina has a very diverse racial makeup.


Religion:

Protestant 57% Lutheran 2%

Christian 79% Other Christian 12%

Baptist 38% Roman Catholic 10%

Methodist 9% Judaism 1%

Presbyterian 3% Other Presbyterian 5%

Other 3% None 10%


Taxes: North Carolina has a sales tax of 4.75% and because of this other taxes are lowered. Individual income tax is 5.8% where as corporate income tax is 6%. The property tax is $900.


Property Values:

Property value $144,500

Rent $960


Unemployment: North Carolina has an okay unemployment rate. The unemployment rate is 6.9% placing them 17th with the highest unemployment rate in the country.


Economy: North Carolina's economy consists of multiple things. Agriculture, manufacturing, finance, technology, research, film, arts, and tourism are all contributing factors. Tourism has a big impact because of the beautiful beaches making it a great vacation spot.


Education: North Carolina's education system is ranked 26th in the country.


Holidays: North Carolina does not have any unique holidays to celebrate.

Ontario, Canada

Crime Rate: In Ontario the crime rate has been dropping since 2010. From 1998 to 2010 the crimes have decreased from 8,092 people to 5,756 people per 100,00 people.


Climate: Ontario has a long winter season with lots of snow and cold temperatures. Often temperatures are below 0'C. The spring is rainy with an average temperature of 8'C. Summer is hot and humid with temperatures ranging from20'C to 30'C. Fall consists of cool, short days. Some parts even get snow.


Racial Makeup:

White 75.4%

South Asian 8%

Chinese 5.2%

Black 4.5%

Filipino 2.3%

Latin American 1.4%

Arab 1.2%

Ontario has a broad racial makeup.


Religion:

Protestant 3,935,745 people Buddhist 128,320

Catholic 3,911,760 Hindu 217,555

Christian Orthodox 264,055 Sikh 104,785

Muslim 352,530 Eastern Religion 17,780

Jewish 190,795 Other 18,985

None 1,841,290


Taxes: In Ontario there are multiple different taxes. Some taxed items include tobacco, food, and movie tickets.


Property Values/ Income: The median property value is $298,500. The median family income is $76,000.


Unemployment/ Employment:

Unemployment Rate 7.5%

Employment Rate 61%


Economy: Manufacturing goods is the "powerhouse" of Ontario's economy. Agriculture, forestry, and mining are also contributors.


Education: Ontario has a very good education system. Out of 16 peer countries their education system was ranked 2nd. Also everyone between the ages of 5 and 19 receive a high quality education.


Holidays:

New Year's Day

January 1

Family Day

Third Monday in February

Good Friday

Friday before Easter

Easter Monday

Monday after Easter

Victoria Day

Monday before May 25

Canada Day

July 1

Civic Holiday

First Monday in August

Labour Day

First Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day

Second Monday in October

Christmas Day

December 25

Boxing Day

December 26


When I get older I would like to live in North Carolina. Although North Carolina is not the safest state it still has a lot to offer. There are beautiful beaches, and activities. Also there is a low property tax. North Carolina is also a very diverse state. There are many different races as well as religions practiced. Also the climate is a major benefit. It is warm year round, and they don't receive much snow. I wouldn't want to live in New Hampshire because of the cold climate. Also New Hampshire is a sheltered state where it's hard to experience different cultures. I'm a southern girl at heart and I hope to move there when I'm older.

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