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Madison, New Hampshire

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Madison is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 2,502 at the 2010 census1 Madison includes the village of Silver Lake and the village district of Eidelweiss


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Notable people
  • 5 Sites of interest
    • 51 Madison Boulder Natural Area
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Madison Boulder c 1922

This area was one of the first to have land grants set aside for soldiers who had survived the French and Indian War The land covered by these grants, parts of Eaton and Albany, was incorporated in 1852 as "Madison," in honor of President James Madison,2 who was born 100 years earlier


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 409 square miles 106 km2, of which 385 square miles 100 km2 is land and 24 square miles 62 km2 is water, comprising 583% of the town3 Madison is drained by Forrest Brook and Silver Lake to the south and by Pequawket Brook to the north The highest point in Madison is the summit of Lyman Mountain, at 1,558 feet 475 m above sea level


Historical population
1860 826
1870 646 −218%
1880 586 −93%
1890 554 −55%
1900 529 −45%
1910 507 −42%
1920 482 −49%
1930 535 110%
1940 512 −43%
1950 486 −51%
1960 429 −117%
1970 572 333%
1980 1,051 837%
1990 1,704 621%
2000 1,984 164%
2010 2,502 261%
Est 2015 2,518 06%
US Decennial Census5

As of the census6 of 2000, there were 1,984 people, 777 households, and 560 families residing in the town The population density was 512 people per square mile 198/km² There were 1,589 housing units at an average density of 410 per square mile 158/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9778% White, 005% African American, 066% Native American, 020% Asian, 040% from other races, and 091% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 076% of the population

There were 777 households out of which 331% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 600% were married couples living together, 72% had a female householder with no husband present, and 279% were non-families 215% of all households were made up of individuals and 79% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 255 and the average family size was 297

In the town, the population was spread out with 248% under the age of 18, 54% from 18 to 24, 311% from 25 to 44, 266% from 45 to 64, and 120% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 40 years For every 100 females there were 1043 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 992 males

The median income for a household in the town was $43,523, and the median income for a family was $51,080 Males had a median income of $32,422 versus $22,159 for females The per capita income for the town was $20,608 About 20% of families and 45% of the population were below the poverty line, including 52% of those under age 18 and 38% of those age 65 or over

Notable peopleedit

  • E E Cummings, poet7
  • The Granville Brothers Zantford, Thomas, Robert, Mark and Edward, makers of the famous Gee Bee racers during the Golden Age of Aviation; born and raised on the Granville family homestead in Madison8
  • Don Orsillo, former announcer for the Boston Red Sox

Sites of interestedit

  • Purity Spring Resort
  • King Pine Ski Area at Purity Spring Resort
  • Joy Farm, home of poet E E Cummings
  • Madison Historical Society Museum
  • Silver Lake Railroad

Madison Boulder Natural Areaedit

The town is home to the Madison Boulder 43°55′52″N 71°10′04″W / 4393111°N 7116778°W / 4393111; -7116778, the largest known glacial erratic in New England, and among the largest in the world Madison Boulder is a huge granite rock measuring 83 feet 25 m in length, 23 feet 70 m in height above the ground, and 37 feet 11 m in width It weighs upwards of 5,000 tons A part of this roughly rectangular block is buried, probably to a depth of ten to twelve feet It is located at a state park in the northwest part of town9


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ Gannett, Henry 1905 The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States US Government Printing Office p 196 
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 - Madison town, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau American Factfinder Retrieved November 7, 2011 
  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 Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  7. ^ Bloom, Harold, ed 2003 E E Cummings Chelsea House Publishers p 12 
  8. ^ Farmers Take Flight 3rd ed Gee Bee Publishing 2003 
  9. ^ "Madison Boulder Natural Area" NH State Parks Retrieved 17 February 2017 

External linksedit

  • Town of Madison official website
  • Madison Historical Society
  • Madison Public Library
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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