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Bow, New Hampshire

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Bow is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 7,519 at the 2010 census1


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


The town was granted by the authorities of New Hampshire, to Jonathan Wiggin and others, in 1727, and was originally 9 miles 14 km square, and covered nearly all the territory granted to Ebenezer Eastman and others, by the authorities of Massachusetts, two years previous, under the name of Pennacook now Concord Massachusetts claimed to hold authority over a large portion of the territory of New Hampshire for many years, till the final boundary line was established, in 1741, giving New Hampshire more territory than it had ever claimed These complicated lines of the two towns coming from two different authorities, were not settled decisively till after the final separation of the two states The government of New Hampshire gave Bow the preference in its grant of 1727, and did not recognize the title of the Pennacook grantees, and in the bill giving a charter for the parish of Concord, it was worded as "taking a part of the town of Bow," etc Although Concord was granted and surveyed before Bow, its final organization was 38 years after it Bow gained a victory over Concord in its original title; still it was obliged to yield over two-thirds of its territory to Concord, Pembroke and Hopkinton, establishing their final boundary lines at different times, from 1759 to 17652

The town's name comes from its establishment along a bend, or "bow", in the Merrimack River The first census, taken in 1790, reported 568 residentscitation needed

In 1874, the Concord Railroad passed along the eastern border of Bow2 It is now the New England Southern Railroad


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 284 square miles 736 km2, of which 280 sq mi 726 km2 is land and 039 sq mi 10 km2 is water, comprising 138% of the town1 The highest point in Bow is Picked Hill, at 915 feet 279 m above sea level, in the southern part of town Nearby Wood Hill and Brown Hill also top 900 feet 270 m Bow lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed3


Historical population
1790 568
1800 719 266%
1810 729 14%
1820 935 283%
1830 1,065 139%
1840 1,001 −60%
1850 1,055 54%
1860 909 −138%
1870 745 −180%
1880 734 −15%
1890 725 −12%
1900 617 −149%
1910 676 96%
1920 568 −160%
1930 780 373%
1940 942 208%
1950 1,062 127%
1960 1,340 262%
1970 2,479 850%
1980 4,015 620%
1990 5,500 370%
2000 7,138 298%
2010 7,519 53%
Est 2015 7,734 29%
US Decennial Census5

As of the census6 of 2000, there were 7,138 people, 2,304 households, and 2,045 families residing in the town The population density was 2543 people per square mile 982/km² There were 2,330 housing units at an average density of 830 per square mile 320/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9779% White, 013% African American, 010% Native American, 104% Asian, 029% from other races, and 066% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 049% of the population

There were 2,304 households out of which 491% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 810% were married couples living together, 59% had a female householder with no husband present, and 112% were non-families 86% of all households were made up of individuals and 36% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 310 and the average family size was 328

In the town, the population was spread out with 326% under the age of 18, 44% from 18 to 24, 273% from 25 to 44, 272% from 45 to 64, and 84% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 39 years For every 100 females there were 995 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 937 males

The median income for a household in the town was $79,329, and the median income for a family was $83,567 Males had a median income of $60,375 versus $30,929 for females The per capita income for the town was $29,557 About 20% of families and 18% of the population were below the poverty line, including 06% of those under age 18 and 42% of those age 65 or over


In 1997, Bow built its first high school, Bow High School, along Turee Pond Bow Memorial School the middle school and Bow Elementary School are located on Bow Center Road, less than a mile from the high school

Notable peopleedit

  • Mary Baker Eddy 1821–1910, founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist; born in Bow
  • Sam Knox 1910–1981, American football player
  • John Ordway c1775–c1817, member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Dick Swett b 1957, former US representative


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001: Bow town, Merrimack County, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau, American Factfinder Retrieved December 16, 2013 
  2. ^ a b Article in Statistics and Gazetteer of New-Hampshire 1875
  3. ^ 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 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 2013-09-11 Retrieved 2008-01-31 

External linksedit

  • Town of Bow official website
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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