DURHAM, N.H. (AP) – A new study says that youth in New Hampshire’s northernmost county have strong ties to their communities, but feel they may need to leave them eventually because of a lack of opportunities.

The University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute report has been studying students who began seventh and 11th grades in 2007 in Coos County.

The study includes 656 students from all nine public schools in the county’s five school districts. Students were surveyed on their attitudes about education, employment, family and community.

Despite their attachment to their communities and families, more than one-half of students report they are unlikely to remain in their communities for most of their lives, and 37 percent report they are likely to leave and never return.

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