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Danbury, New Hampshire

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Danbury is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 1,164 at the 2010 census1


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Places of interest
  • 5 Notable people
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Inland Farm in 1916

It was first settled about 1771 as a part of Alexandria, but mountainous terrain separated it from the rest of the town In 1795, it was set off and incorporated, the name suggested by a settler from Danbury, Connecticut The town later grew by adding land from Wilmot and Hill Farmers found the surface mostly hilly, but with some good intervales suitable for agriculture Raising cattle and sheep became the principal occupation By 1859, when the population was 934, it had seven sawmills, two shingle, lath and clapboard mills, and one tannery2


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 377 square miles 98 km2, of which 375 sq mi 97 km2 is land and 03 sq mi 078 km2 is water, comprising 074% of the town

The town is drained by the Smith River and lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed3 Waukeena Lake, School Pond, and Bog Pond are a few of the bodies of water within the town limits

The highest point in Danbury is the summit of Tinkham Hill, at 2,320 feet 710 m above sea level, in the northern part of town Ragged Mountain is a prominent mountain with multiple summits which occupies the southern portion of town and has a ski area of the same name; the elevation of the Danbury summit of Ragged is 2,225 ft 678 m above sea level The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway hiking trail crosses a corner of Danbury along Ragged Mountain's Ridge Trail Access to the Ridge Trail from the SRK Greenway is on the SRKG 61 mile trail section 9, either from trailhead parking on New Canada Road in Wilmot from the northwest or from Proctor Academy's trailhead parking in Andover from the southeast

Danbury is located approximately 35 miles 56 km from Concord, the state capital, and 50 miles 80 km from Manchester, the state's largest city Danbury is the northernmost town in Merrimack County and lies within the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region The town is served by US Route 4 and New Hampshire Route 104


Historical population
1790 111
1800 165 486%
1810 345 1091%
1820 467 354%
1830 786 683%
1840 800 18%
1850 934 168%
1860 947 14%
1870 796 −159%
1880 760 −45%
1890 683 −101%
1900 654 −42%
1910 592 −95%
1920 516 −128%
1930 498 −35%
1940 578 161%
1950 496 −142%
1960 435 −123%
1970 489 124%
1980 680 391%
1990 884 300%
2000 1,071 212%
2010 1,164 87%
Est 2015 1,177 11%
US Decennial Census5

In 1800, there were 165 people living in Danbury, according to the first official census

As of the 2000 census,6 there were 1,071 people, 435 households, and 310 families residing in the town The population density was 286 people per square mile 110/km² There were 596 housing units at an average density of 159 per square mile 61/km² The racial makeup of the town was:

  • 9953% White US average: 751%
  • 019% African American US average: 123%
  • 009% Native American US average: 01%
  • 019% from two or more races US average: 24%

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 047% of the population US average: 125%

In 2000, there were 435 households with an average household size of 246 and an average family size of 284

  • 310% had children under the age of 18 living with them US average: 328%
  • 577% were married couples living together US average: 517%
  • 87% had a female householder with no husband present US average: 122%
  • 287% were non-families US average: 319%
  • 209% of all households were made up of individuals US average: 258%
  • 69% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older US average: 92%
Danbury Inn in 1916

In 2000, the town's population had a median age of 41 years US average: 353

  • 230% under the age of 18
  • 68% from 18 to 24
  • 307% from 25 to 44
  • 267% from 45 to 64
  • 128% who were 65 years of age or older

For every 100 females there were 1040 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 1047 males

The median income for a household in the town was $38,313 US average: $41,994 The median income for a family was $40,809 US average: $50,046 Males had a median income of $32,105 versus $26,328 for females The per capita income for the town was $18,339 About 89% of families US average: 92%, and 111% of the population US average: 124% were below the poverty line, including 119% of those under age 18 and 93% of those age 65 or over

Places of interestedit

  • Ragged Mountain Resort, ski and golf vacation resort
  • Danbury North Road Schoolhouse Museum, run by Danbury Historical Society More info
  • Bog Pond Dam or Danbury Bog, 100-acre 40 ha recreational reservoir
  • Waukeena Lake, 56-acre 23 ha cold water lake, motorboats restricted
  • School Pond, 37-acre 15 ha warm water pond, motorboats restricted
  • Emily & Theodore Hope Forest 375-acre 152 ha property preserved by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests SPNHF
  • Rosemary's Woods, 215-acre 87 ha SPNHF property
  • Independence Park, municipal multi-purpose field

Notable peopleedit

  • Francis Reed 1852–1917, inventor of many lathe and drill machines
  • Amos Leavitt Taylor 1877- , Secretary of Massachusetts Republican Party 1927–1928; Massachusetts Republican State Chair 1924–1949

See alsoedit

  • Northern Rail Trail New Hampshire
  • Ragged Mountain Resort


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ Coolidge, Austin J; John B Mansfield 1859 A History and Description of New England Boston, Massachusetts p 463 
  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 Danbury official website
  • George Gamble Library
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition
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