List of counties in New Hampshire
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List of counties in New Hampshire

This is a list of counties in New Hampshire

There are ten counties in the US state of New Hampshire Five of the counties were created in 1769, when New Hampshire was still an English colony and not a state, during the first subdivision of the state into counties The last counties created were Belknap County and Carroll County, in 1840

The majority of New Hampshire's counties were named for prominent British or American people or geographic locations and features Only one county's name originates in a Native American language: Coös County, named for an Algonquian word meaning "small pines"

The counties tend to be smaller in land area towards the southern end of the state, where New Hampshire population is concentrated, and larger in land area in the less populous north12

The FIPS county code is the five-digit Federal Information Processing Standard FIPS code which uniquely identifies counties and county equivalents in the United States The three-digit number is unique to each individual county within a state, but to be unique within the entire United States, it must be prefixed by the state code This means that, for example, while Belknap County, New Hampshire is 001, Addison County, Vermont and Alachua County, Florida are also 001 To uniquely identify Belknap County, New Hampshire, one must use the state code of 33 plus the county code of 001; therefore, the unique nationwide identifier for Belknap County, New Hampshire is 33001 The links in the column FIPS County Code are to the Census Bureau Info page for that county3


County FIPS code
County seat
Formed from
Belknap County 001 Laconia 1840 Parts of Merrimack County and Strafford County Jeremy Belknap 1744–1798, early New Hampshire historian 7004606410000000000♠60,641 7002401000000000000♠401 sq mi
7003103900000000000♠1,039 km2
Carroll County 003 Ossipee 1840 Part of Strafford County Charles Carroll of Carrollton 1737–1832, the last surviving signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence 7004472850000000000♠47,285 7002934000000000000♠934 sq mi
7003241900000000000♠2,419 km2
Cheshire County 005 Keene 1769 One of five original counties English county of Cheshire 7004759090000000000♠75,909 7002708000000000000♠708 sq mi
7003183400000000000♠1,834 km2
Coos County 007 Lancaster 1803 Part of Grafton County An Algonquian word meaning "small pines" 7004312120000000000♠31,212 7003180100000000000♠1,801 sq mi
7003466500000000000♠4,665 km2
Grafton County 009 North Haverhill 1769 One of five original counties Augustus Henry Fitzroy, 3rd Duke of Grafton 1735–1811, a Prime Minister of Great Britain 1768–1770 7004893200000000000♠89,320 7003171400000000000♠1,714 sq mi
7003443900000000000♠4,439 km2
Hillsborough County 011 Manchester
1769 One of five original counties Wills Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire 1718–1793, known in America as the Earl of Hillsborough, who served as the first Secretary of State for the Colonies 7005406678000000000♠406,678 7002876000000000000♠876 sq mi
7003226900000000000♠2,269 km2
Merrimack County 013 Concord 1823 Parts of Hillsborough County and Rockingham County The Merrimack River 7005147994000000000♠147,994 7002934000000000000♠934 sq mi
7003241900000000000♠2,419 km2
Rockingham County 015 Brentwood 1769 One of five original counties Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham 1730–1782, a two-time Prime Minister of Great Britain 1765–1766, 1782 7005301777000000000♠301,777 7002695000000000000♠695 sq mi
7003180000000000000♠1,800 km2
Strafford County 017 Dover 1769 One of five original counties William Wentworth, 2nd Earl of Strafford 1626–1695, an English noble who owned colonial lands 7005126825000000000♠126,825 7002369000000000000♠369 sq mi
7002956000000000000♠956 km2
Sullivan County 019 Newport 1827 Part of Cheshire County John Sullivan 1740–1795, the third and fifth governor of New Hampshire 1786–1788, 1789–1790 7004429670000000000♠42,967 7002537000000000000♠537 sq mi
7003139100000000000♠1,391 km2


  1. ^ Stackpole, Everett Schermerhorn 1916 History of New Hampshire The American Historical Society 
  2. ^ a b "New Hampshire Counties" New Hampshire Almanac Retrieved 2007-07-24 
  3. ^ a b "EPA County FIPS Code Listing" US Environmental Protection Agency Retrieved 2007-07-24 
  4. ^ a b c "NACo - Find a county" National Association of Counties Archived from the original on 2007-07-11 Retrieved 2007-07-24 
  5. ^ "New Hampshire Counties" The NHGenWeb Project Archived from the original on 2007-07-13 Retrieved 2007-07-24 
  6. ^ a b "New Hampshire QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau" State & County QuickFacts Retrieved 2016-04-24 

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