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New London, New Hampshire

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New London is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 4,397 at the 2010 census1

The town center, where 1,415 people resided at the 2010 census,1 is defined as the New London census-designated place CDP, and is located on a hilltop along New Hampshire Route 114 north of Route 11 and Interstate 89


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Sites of interest
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


In 1753, the Masonian Proprietors of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, granted the area now called New London as "Heidelberg" Although it appears on some New Hampshire maps, the township was never settled, and the 1753 grant lapsed into default

In 1773, roughly the same area was awarded as the "Alexandria Addition" to a new group of speculators, who had previously been granted the adjacent township of Alexandria These proprietors were led by Jonas Minot of Concord, Massachusetts, but the others were Scotch-Irish immigrants living in Londonderry, New Hampshire None built dwellings in the Alexandria Addition Instead they recruited settlers to build roads, mills, schools, and a church—all increasing the value of their land holdings Nearly all of the original settlers came from Massachusetts, either from the Amesbury area of the north shore or from the Attleboro area in the southeast The township proprietors soon began a long, systematic process of subdividing and selling their properties at great profit

By 1779, there were sixteen families recorded within the bounds of the Alexandria Addition, and they petitioned the General Court to incorporate as the town of "New London"—officially named after London, England, but perhaps also an acknowledgement of the Londonderry-based proprietors The first town meeting was held on August 3, 1779

In 1807, the northern half of New London was annexed, merged with an area called "Kearsarge Gore", and then incorporated as the town of Wilmot, New Hampshire In the early 19th century, there were three small additions to New London, including the village of Otterville in 1817


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 256 square miles 66 km2, of which 225 sq mi 58 km2 is land and 31 sq mi 80 km2 is water, comprising 1204% of the town The highest point in town is Morgan Hill, approximately 1,770 feet 540 m above sea level

The town is crossed by Interstate 89, which serves New London with two exits, and by New Hampshire Routes 11, 103A, and 114


Historical population
1790 311
1800 617 984%
1810 692 122%
1820 924 335%
1830 913 −12%
1840 1,019 116%
1850 945 −73%
1860 952 07%
1870 959 07%
1880 875 −88%
1890 799 −87%
1900 768 −39%
1910 805 48%
1920 701 −129%
1930 812 158%
1940 1,039 280%
1950 1,484 428%
1960 1,738 171%
1970 2,236 287%
1980 2,935 313%
1990 3,180 83%
2000 4,116 294%
2010 4,397 68%
Est 2015 4,630 53%
US Decennial Census3

As of the census4 of 2000, there were 4,116 people, 1,574 households, and 1,051 families residing in the town The population density was 1829 people per square mile 706/km² There were 2,085 housing units at an average density of 926 per square mile 358/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9835% White, 022% African American, 005% Native American, 073% Asian, 002% Pacific Islander, 019% from other races, and 044% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 063% of the population

There were 1,574 households out of which 193% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 606% were married couples living together, 50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 332% were non-families 294% of all households were made up of individuals and 187% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 216 and the average family size was 263

In the town, the population was spread out with 143% under the age of 18, 184% from 18 to 24, 145% from 25 to 44, 230% from 45 to 64, and 298% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 47 years For every 100 females there were 783 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 737 males

The median income for a household in the town was $61,520, and the median income for a family was $82,201 Males had a median income of $51,506 versus $33,984 for females The per capita income for the town was $37,556 About 15% of families and 24% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24% of those under age 18 and 15% of those age 65 or over

Sites of interestedit

  • Colby–Sawyer College: A small liberal arts school that includes a gym open to the public
  • Little Sunapee Lake: A clean, small lake on the west side of town with public and private beaches Bucklin Beach, owned and operated by the town, allows parking in its lot only by town residents
  • New London Barn Playhouse: A prominent summer stock small professional theatre New Hampshire's oldest summer theatre Each summer it produces Musicals and Dramas to sold out crowds of residents and tourists
  • First Baptist Church: Built in 1826 and opened in January of the following year, the church is of a classical New England design by the renowned church architect Asher Benjamin The First Baptist Meeting House is listed on both the Federal and State Register of Historic Places
  • Pleasant Lake: Located on the east side of town, the lake features public beach access from Elkins Beach Fireworks on the Fourth of July
  • Mount Kearsarge: The mountain occupies the towns of Warner and Wilmot and is a prominent landform overlooking New London The Wilmot trailhead in Winslow State Park is a 15-minute drive away, and the trip from the park to the summit is about 1 mile by the Winslow Trail The Barlow Trail is a longer route to the summit that allows hikers to make a loop
  • Mount Sunapee Resort is about 20 minutes 12 miles 19 km by road south of town and provides skiing and riding in the winter It is also a resort in the summer, featuring activities such as hiking, zip lining, rock climbing, mini and disc golf, and segway tours
  • New London Historical Society: Guided tours of its carriage and sleigh museum and its 19th-century village depicting rural New England life
  • New London Town Green: Friday nights during the summer there are free concerts here The first weekend in August is Hospital Day, featuring a small carnival, a parade, and a triathlon to help raise money for the local hospital


  1. ^ a b United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 

External linksedit

  • Town of New London official website
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition
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