Dorchester, New Hampshire


Dorchester is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 355 at the 2010 census1

Contents

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

Historyedit

Originally granted by Governor Benning Wentworth in 1761, Dorchester was named for Dorchester in Dorset, England When the recipients failed to take up the grant, it was regranted in 1766, but also without success Finally, it was regranted by Governor John Wentworth to 72 people on May 1, 1772, and settlement began soon thereafter The first settlers were Benjamin Rice and Stephen Murch from Hanover, but originally from Connecticut2

When the first census of Dorchester was taken in 1790, there were 175 residents By 1859, when the population reached 711, there were eleven sawmills, in addition to several clapboard and shingle mills Charcoal was also manufactured here3

Geographyedit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 452 square miles 117 km2, of which 447 sq mi 116 km2 is land and 06 sq mi 16 km2 is water, comprising 122% of the town It is drained by the South Branch Baker River and Indian River The highest point in Dorchester is on its western boundary, where the elevation reaches 3,190 feet 970 m above sea level, just east of the summit of Smarts Mountain Dorchester lies within two watersheds — roughly the southwestern half of town is in the Connecticut River watershed and the northeastern half is in the Merrimack River watershed4

The town is crossed by New Hampshire Route 118

Demographicsedit

Census
Historical population
Pop
1790 175
1800 349 994%
1810 537 539%
1820 584 88%
1830 702 202%
1840 769 95%
1850 711 −75%
1860 691 −28%
1870 689 −03%
1880 585 −151%
1890 370 −368%
1900 308 −168%
1910 241 −218%
1920 228 −54%
1930 115 −496%
1940 144 252%
1950 133 −76%
1960 91 −316%
1970 141 549%
1980 244 730%
1990 392 607%
2000 353 −99%
2010 355 06%
Est 2015 353 −06%
US Decennial Census6

As of the census7 of 2000, there were 353 people, 132 households, and 99 families residing in the town The population density was 79 people per square mile 30/km² There were 236 housing units at an average density of 53 per square mile 20/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9717% White, 028% African American, 028% Native American, 085% Asian, 085% from other races, and 057% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 057% of the population

There were 132 households out of which 356% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 598% were married couples living together, 98% had a female householder with no husband present, and 250% were non-families 197% of all households were made up of individuals and 61% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 267 and the average family size was 302

In the town, the population was spread out with 275% under the age of 18, 54% from 18 to 24, 263% from 25 to 44, 289% from 45 to 64, and 119% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 40 years For every 100 females there were 983 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 954 males

The median income for a household in the town was $40,833, and the median income for a family was $42,292 Males had a median income of $35,000 versus $24,375 for females The per capita income for the town was $18,940 About 86% of families and 113% of the population were below the poverty line, including 172% of those under age 18 and 95% of those age 65 or over

Notable peopleedit

  • Rufus Blodgett, US senator from New Jersey
  • Albert Woodworth, businessman and state legislator

Referencesedit

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ History of Dorchester, Grafton County, New Hampshire
  3. ^ Coolidge, Austin J; John B Mansfield 1859 A History and Description of New England Boston, Massachusetts p 467 
  4. ^ 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 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 2013-09-11 Retrieved 2008-01-31 

External linksedit

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