Belmont, New Hampshire


Belmont is a town in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 7,356 at the 2010 census1

The primary settlement in town, where 1,301 people resided at the 2010 census, is defined by the US Census Bureau as the Belmont census-designated place CDP and includes the densely populated portion of the town near the intersection of New Hampshire Route 106 and New Hampshire Route 140

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Government
  • 5 Notable people
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Historyedit

Main Street in 1908

Originally known as "Upper Gilmanton", Belmont was chartered in 1727 as a parish of Gilmanton With water power from the Tioga River, it developed as a mill town2 Built in 1833, the Gilmanton Village Manufacturing Co made cotton and woolen textiles Over the years it would change owners, names and products In 1921, it was the Belmont Hosiery Co, a maker of silk, lisle and woolen stockings It went out of business in 1955, and the renovated mill building is now a community center2

Separated from Gilmanton by an act of legislature, the town was incorporated on 28 June 1859 as Upper Gilmanton3 The name Belmont was adopted in 1869 to honor August Belmont, a wealthy financier who it was hoped would contribute to the nascent town, but he never acknowledged the act4

In 1874, the Boston, Concord and Montreal Railroad passed through the northwestern section of Belmont, and service by the Franklin and Rochester Railroad was being planned3

The 1996-1998 adaptive reuse Belmont Mill project, federally funded through Community Development Block Grants, a major private donation and taxpayer support, has been distinguished by regional, statewide and national awards for architectural and preservation excellence The Belmont Mill story is featured on a NH Historical Highway Marker on nearby State Route 140, and was cited in 2012 by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance as one of the 25 milestone efforts of a quarter century The mill was added to the New Hampshire Register of Historic Places in 2014, joining the 1792 Province Road Meeting House on State Route 107, listed since 2003 Other significant historic structures in the town include the Belmont Public Library, included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, and the Bandstand, cited for outstanding restoration and rehabilitation in 2015 with the Elizabeth Durfee Hengen Award from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance

Geographyedit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 323 square miles 837 km2, of which 305 square miles 789 km2 is land and 19 square miles 48 km2 is water, comprising 576% of the town5 The highest point in Belmont is Cotton Hill,citation needed a 1,360-foot 410 m summit near the town's northern border Drained by the Tioga River, Belmont lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed6

New Hampshire Route 106 passes through the town center, connecting Laconia to the north with Loudon and Concord to the south New Hampshire Route 140 crosses NH 106 at the town center, leading to Gilmanton and Alton to the east and Tilton to the west US Route 3 and New Hampshire Route 11, forming a concurrency, pass through the northwest corner of the town along the shore of Winnisquam Lake, leading north to Laconia and southwest to Tilton and Franklin New Hampshire Route 107 crosses the northeastern corner of the town, connecting Gilmanton to the south with Laconia to the north

Demographicsedit

Census
Historical population
Pop
1860 1,189
1870 1,165 −20%
1880 1,226 52%
1890 1,142 −69%
1900 1,294 133%
1910 1,390 74%
1920 1,194 −141%
1930 1,299 88%
1940 1,374 58%
1950 1,611 172%
1960 1,953 212%
1970 2,493 276%
1980 4,026 615%
1990 5,796 440%
2000 6,716 159%
2010 7,356 95%
Est 2015 7,315 −06%
US Decennial Census8

As of the census9 of 2000, there were 6,716 people, 2,641 households, and 1,867 families residing in the town The population density was 2194 people per square mile 847/km² There were 3,113 housing units at an average density of 1017 per square mile 393/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9753% White, 015% African American, 033% Native American, 052% Asian, 016% from other races, and 131% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 095% of the population

There were 2,641 households out of which 329% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 561% were married couples living together, 101% had a female householder with no husband present, and 293% were non-families 220% of all households were made up of individuals and 80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 254 and the average family size was 295

In the town, the population was spread out with 250% under the age of 18, 69% from 18 to 24, 310% from 25 to 44, 258% from 45 to 64, and 114% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 38 years For every 100 females there were 974 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 938 males

The median income for a household in the town was $47,717, and the median income for a family was $53,125 Males had a median income of $35,000 versus $25,882 for females The per capita income for the town was $19,986 About 38% of families and 43% of the population were below the poverty line, including 65% of those under age 18 and 08% of those age 65 or over

Governmentedit

In the New Hampshire Senate, Belmont is in the 7th District, represented by Republican Harold French In the New Hampshire House of Reprentatives, District 6, Belmont is represented by Republicans Michael J Sylvia and John R Plumer On the New Hampshire Executive Council, Belmont is in the 2nd District, represented by Democrat Andru Volinsky In the United States House of Representatives, Belmont is in New Hampshire's 1st congressional district, represented by Democrat Carol Shea-Porter

Notable peopleedit

  • William Badger, 15th governor of New Hampshirecitation needed
  • Krystal Barry, 2006 Miss New Hampshire USA
  • Richard Paul Pavlick, attempted assassin of President John F Kennedy

Referencesedit

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ a b History of the Belmont Mill 1833–2007
  3. ^ a b Article in Statistics and Gazetteer of New-Hampshire 1875
  4. ^ New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  5. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 - Belmont town, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau American Factfinder Archived from the original on September 11, 2013 Retrieved November 7, 2011 
  6. ^ Foster, Debra H; Batorfalvy, Tatianna N; Medalie, Laura 1995 Water Use in New Hampshire: An Activities Guide for Teachers US Department of the Interior and US Geological Survey 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 2013-09-11 Retrieved 2008-01-31 

External linksedit

  • Town of Belmont official website
  • Belmont Public Library
  • Belmont Historical Society
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • Belmont NH Heritage
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