Grafton County, New Hampshire


Grafton County is a county located in the state of New Hampshire, in the United States As of the 2010 census, the population was 89,1181 Its county seat is North Haverhill,2 which is a village within the town of Haverhill Until 1972, the county courthouse and other offices were located in downtown Woodsville, a larger village within the town of Haverhill

Grafton County is part of the Claremont-Lebanon, NH–VT Micropolitan Statistical Area

The county is the home of Dartmouth College and Plymouth State University Progressive Farmer rated Grafton County fourth in its list of the "Best Places to Live in Rural America" in 2006citation needed, citing low unemployment despite slow economic growth, a favorable cost of living, and the presence of White Mountain National Forest, the state's only national forest

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
    • 21 Adjacent counties
    • 22 National protected area
  • 3 Demographics
    • 31 2000 census
    • 32 2010 census
  • 4 Politics and government
    • 41 County Commission
    • 42 Legislative branch
      • 421 Members
  • 5 Media
  • 6 Communities
    • 61 City
    • 62 Towns
    • 63 Township
    • 64 Census-designated places
    • 65 Villages
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Historyedit

Grafton was one of the five counties originally identified for New Hampshire in 1769 It was named for Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton,3 who had been a supporter of American causes in Parliament, and who was serving as British Prime Minister at the time The county was organized at Woodsville in 1771, and originally included the entire northern frontier of New Hampshire, including a number of towns that are now in Vermont In 1803, the northern area was removed for the formation of Coos County The three counties to the south were Strafford, Hillsborough and Cheshire, and the eastern edge bordered the "District of Maine" In 1797, the county contained 50 townships and 17 locations, and had a population of 23,0934

Geographyedit

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,750 square miles 4,500 km2, of which 1,709 square miles 4,430 km2 is land and 41 square miles 110 km2 23% is water5 It is the second-largest county in New Hampshire by area

Grafton County is heavily rural About half of its total area is in the White Mountain National Forest Squam Lake, featured in the film On Golden Pond, and the Old Man of the Mountain landmark are located here, as are Dartmouth College and the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest Many of the 4,000-foot mountains of New Hampshire are within the county The Appalachian Trail passes through parts of at least ten towns in the county

Adjacent countiesedit

  • Essex County, Vermont north
  • Coos County northeast
  • Carroll County east
  • Belknap County southeast
  • Merrimack County south
  • Sullivan County south
  • Windsor County, Vermont southwest
  • Orange County, Vermont west
  • Caledonia County, Vermont northwest

National protected areaedit

  • White Mountain National Forest part

Demographicsedit

Census
Historical population
Pop
1790 13,468
1800 23,093 715%
1810 28,462 232%
1820 32,989 159%
1830 38,682 173%
1840 42,311 94%
1850 42,343 01%
1860 42,260 −02%
1870 39,103 −75%
1880 38,788 −08%
1890 37,217 −41%
1900 40,844 97%
1910 41,652 20%
1920 40,572 −26%
1930 42,816 55%
1940 44,645 43%
1950 47,923 73%
1960 48,857 19%
1970 54,914 124%
1980 65,806 198%
1990 74,929 139%
2000 81,743 91%
2010 89,118 90%
Est 2016 88,888 −03%
US Decennial Census7
1790-19608 1900-19909
1990-200010 2010-20161

2000 censusedit

As of the census11 of 2000, there were 81,743 people, 31,598 households, and 20,254 families residing in the county The population density was 48 people per square mile 18/km² There were 43,729 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile 10/km² The racial makeup of the county was 9576% White, 173% Asian, 053% Black or African American, 031% Native American, 003% Pacific Islander, 039% from other races, and 126% from two or more races 112% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race 190% were of English, 129% Irish, 111% French, 78% American, 75% German, 68% French Canadian and 55% Italian ancestry 951% spoke English, 15% French and 13% Spanish as their first language

There were 31,598 households out of which 2950% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 5240% were married couples living together, 830% had a female householder with no husband present, and 3590% were non-families 2740% of all households were made up of individuals and 950% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 238 and the average family size was 290

In the county, the population was spread out with 2190% under the age of 18, 1350% from 18 to 24, 2700% from 25 to 44, 2420% from 45 to 64, and 1340% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 37 years For every 100 females there were 9670 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 9430 males

The median income for a household in the county was $41,962, and the median income for a family was $50,424 Males had a median income of $31,874 versus $25,286 for females The per capita income for the county was $22,227 About 510% of families and 860% of the population were below the poverty line, including 860% of those under age 18 and 750% of those age 65 or over

2010 censusedit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 89,118 people, 35,986 households, and 22,074 families residing in the county12 The population density was 522 inhabitants per square mile 202/km2 There were 51,120 housing units at an average density of 299 per square mile 115/km213 The racial makeup of the county was 936% white, 30% Asian, 09% black or African American, 04% American Indian, 04% from other races, and 18% from two or more races Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 18% of the population12 In terms of ancestry, 236% were English, 187% were Irish, 109% were German, 66% were Italian, 58% were Scottish, 58% were French Canadian, and 50% were American14

Of the 35,986 households, 258% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 490% were married couples living together, 84% had a female householder with no husband present, 387% were non-families, and 294% of all households were made up of individuals The average household size was 228 and the average family size was 280 The median age was 412 years12

The median income for a household in the county was $53,075 and the median income for a family was $66,253 Males had a median income of $43,566 versus $33,535 for females The per capita income for the county was $28,170 About 51% of families and 98% of the population were below the poverty line, including 98% of those under age 18 and 106% of those age 65 or over15

Politics and governmentedit

Presidential Elections Results16
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 371% 19,010 557% 28,510 72% 3,671
2012 372% 18,208 609% 29,826 20% 980
2008 355% 17,687 630% 31,446 15% 757
2004 432% 20,277 557% 26,180 11% 514
2000 467% 18,092 473% 18,326 60% 2,315
1996 390% 13,543 503% 17,476 108% 3,753
1992 370% 13,450 423% 15,389 207% 7,504
1988 620% 19,033 374% 11,484 06% 182
1984 676% 18,451 321% 8,757 03% 92
1980 563% 15,273 268% 7,282 169% 4,596
1976 603% 14,430 376% 8,996 20% 488
1972 656% 16,605 331% 8,388 13% 326
1968 598% 12,881 363% 7,813 40% 860
1964 402% 8,461 598% 12,566
1960 649% 14,454 351% 7,821
1956 740% 15,609 259% 5,466 00% 6
1952 722% 15,937 278% 6,124
1948 635% 12,248 355% 6,841 10% 192
1944 556% 10,947 444% 8,743 00% 7
1940 540% 11,478 460% 9,761
1936 566% 11,336 426% 8,520 08% 160
1932 559% 10,810 432% 8,342 09% 171
1928 670% 12,566 322% 6,035 08% 158
1924 641% 10,493 328% 5,360 31% 511
1920 611% 9,650 386% 6,102 03% 42
1916 504% 4,795 488% 4,644 08% 78
1912 367% 3,520 391% 3,752 242% 2,318
1908 626% 6,323 355% 3,582 19% 196
1904 626% 6,100 359% 3,496 16% 156
1900 617% 6,177 362% 3,619 21% 214
1896 682% 6,199 254% 2,306 65% 591
1892 493% 4,828 489% 4,794 19% 182
1888 493% 5,209 489% 5,170 18% 191
1884 503% 5,171 478% 4,917 19% 193
1880 477% 4,964 509% 5,300 14% 140
1876 483% 4,763 517% 5,092 00% 1

In the 2000 US Presidential election, Al Gore narrowly defeated George W Bush, taking 4731% of the vote to Bush's 4671% Other candidates got a combined 598% In 2004 John Kerry defeated George Bush by a wider margin: Kerry received 5574% of the vote, while Bush received 4317% In 2008, Barack Obama carried Grafton by a landslide, receiving 6303% of the vote to John McCain's 3545% It was Obama's highest percentage by county in New Hampshire17

County Commissionedit

The executive power of Grafton County's government is held by three county commissioners, each representing one of the three commissioner districts within the county

District Name Hometown Party
District 1 Michael J Cryans Hanover, NH Democratic
District 2 Linda Lauer Bath, NH Democratic
District 3 Martha B Richards Holderness, NH Democratic

In addition to the County Commission, there are also five directly-elected officials: they include County Attorney, Register of Deeds, County Sheriff, Register of Probate, and County Treasurer

Office Name
County Attorney Lara Saffo D18
Register of Deeds Kelley Monahan D
County Sheriff Doug Dutile R
Register of Probate Michael Wopinski I 19
County Treasurer Bonnie Parker D

Legislative branchedit

The legislative branch of Grafton County is made up of all of the members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from the county In total, as of December 2012 there are 27 members from 17 different districts

Affiliation Members Voting share
Democratic Party 21 778%
Republican Party 6 222%
Total 27 100%

Membersedit

Further information: New Hampshire House of Representatives

Mediaedit

  • WPNH - 1300 AM, Plymouth
  • WTSL - 1400 AM, Hanover - News/Talk
  • WLTN - 1400 AM, Littleton - Oldies - "Oldies 1400"
  • WUVR - 1490 AM, Hanover - Talk
  • W217BH - 913 FM, Littleton - New Hampshire Public Radio - Simulcast of WEVO in Concord, New Hampshire
  • WEVH - 913 FM, Hanover - New Hampshire Public Radio
  • WPCR - 917 FM, Plymouth - Plymouth State University
  • WGXL - 923 FM, Hanover - Hot Adult Contemporary - "The Valley's Hit Music"
  • W231BW - 941 FM, Littleton - Classic rock - "The Outlaw" - Simulcast of WOTX in Groveton
  • W237CR - 953 FM, Littleton - Eclectic Music Mix Hot AC/Rock/Dance - "Kiss 1023" - Simulcast of WXXS in Lancaster
  • W240AK - 959 FM, Lebanon - Religious - "Alive Radio" - Simulcast of WBAR in Lake Luzerne, New York
  • WLTN-FM - 967 FM, Lisbon - 1970s-1990s Adult Contemporary - "Mix 967"
  • W245AF - 969 FM, Ashland - "New Hampshire Gospel Radio" - Simulcast of WVNH in Concord, New Hampshire
  • W247AO - 973 FM, Plymouth - New Hampshire Public Radio - Simulcast of WEVO in Concord, New Hampshire
  • W249AW - 977 FM, Lebanon - Religious - "Alive Radio" - Simulcast of WBAR in Lake Luzerne, New York
  • WFRD - 993 FM, Hanover - Active Rock - "99 Rock"
  • WPNH - 1001 FM, Plymouth - "The Planet"
  • WXXK - 1005 FM, Lebanon - Country - "Kixx Country"
  • WYKR-FM - 1013 FM, Haverhill - Country
  • W272AU - 1023 FM, Hanover - Classic rock - "Champ 1013 & 1021" - Simulcast of WVXR in Randolph, Vermont
  • W280CS - 1039 FM, Hanover - Vermont Public Radio Classical Channel - Simulcast of WVPR in Burlington, Vermont
  • WLKC - 1057 FM, Campton - "The River" - Simulcast of WXRV in Andover, Massachusetts
  • WMTK - 1063 FM, Littleton - Classic rock - "The Notch"
  • W294AB - 1067 FM, Hanover - Classic rock - "Q106" - Simulcast of WHDQ in Claremont, New Hampshire
  • W299AM - 1077 FM, Lebanon - Adult Album Alternative - "Point FM" - Simulcast of WRJT in Royalton, Vermont

Compiled from Radiostationworldcom

Communitiesedit

Cityedit

  • Lebanon

Townsedit

  • Alexandria
  • Ashland
  • Bath
  • Benton
  • Bethlehem
  • Bridgewater
  • Bristol
  • Campton
  • Canaan
  • Dorchester
  • Easton
  • Ellsworth
  • Enfield
  • Franconia
  • Grafton
  • Groton
  • Hanover
  • Haverhill county seat
  • Hebron
  • Holderness
  • Landaff
  • Lincoln
  • Lisbon
  • Littleton
  • Lyman
  • Lyme
  • Monroe
  • Orange
  • Orford
  • Piermont
  • Plymouth
  • Rumney
  • Sugar Hill
  • Thornton
  • Warren
  • Waterville Valley
  • Wentworth
  • Woodstock

Townshipedit

  • Livermore

Census-designated placesedit

  • Ashland
  • Bethlehem
  • Bristol
  • Canaan
  • Enfield
  • Hanover
  • Lincoln
  • Lisbon
  • Littleton
  • Mountain Lakes
  • North Haverhill
  • North Woodstock
  • Plymouth
  • Woodsville

Villagesedit

  • East Hebron
  • Enfield Center
  • Etna
  • Glencliff
  • Lyme Center
  • Montcalm
  • Pike
  • Stinson Lake
  • West Lebanon

See alsoedit

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Grafton County, New Hampshire

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts" United States Census Bureau Retrieved September 24, 2013 
  2. ^ "Find a County" National Association of Counties Archived from the original on 2011-05-31 Retrieved 2011-06-07 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry 1905 The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States Govt Print Off p 140 
  4. ^ Morse, Jedidiah: "The American Gazetteer", Thomas & Andrews, 1810
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files" United States Census Bureau August 22, 2012 Archived from the original on December 27, 2014 Retrieved December 27, 2014 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates" Retrieved June 9, 2017 
  7. ^ "US Decennial Census" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved December 27, 2014 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser" University of Virginia Library Retrieved December 27, 2014 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990" United States Census Bureau Retrieved December 27, 2014 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4 Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" PDF United States Census Bureau Retrieved December 27, 2014 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 2013-09-11 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2016-01-12 
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2016-01-12 
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2016-01-12 
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2016-01-12 
  16. ^ http://uselectionatlasorg/RESULTS
  17. ^ US Election Atlas
  18. ^ Also nominated by the Democratic Party in the most recent election
  19. ^ http://sosnhgov/Elections/Election_Information/2014_Elections/General_Election/County_Offices_-_2014_General_Electionaspxid=8589941849

External linksedit

  • Grafton County official website
  • Grafton County profile, from University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension website
  • Grafton County Economic Development Council
  • National Register of Historic places of Grafton County

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