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Rumney, New Hampshire

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Rumney is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 1,480 at the 2010 census1 The town is located at the southern edge of the White Mountain National Forest


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
    • 21 Rumney Rocks
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Stereographic cards c 1880
  • 5 Notable people
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Rumney was named after Robert Marsham, 2nd Baron Romney pronounced Rumney The town was originally granted in 1761 by Governor Benning Wentworth to settlers from Colchester and East Haddam, Connecticut It was first settled in 1765; however, some grantees failed to comply with the charter, so Rumney was regranted to another group of settlers in 1767

Farmers found the town's soil fertile By 1859, when the population was 1,109, other industries included fifteen sawmills, a large tannery, and a ladder factory The Boston, Concord and Montreal Railroad commenced service to West Rumney in 1850-18512


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 426 square miles 1103 km2, of which 417 square miles 1080 km2 is land and 09 square miles 23 km2 is water, comprising 215% of the town3 The highest point in Rumney is 2,960 feet 902 m above sea level on the southern slope of Carr Mountain The Baker River flows from west to east through the center of the town, roughly paralleled by New Hampshire Route 25

The town of Rumney contains several smaller villages Rumney village, the town's central settlement, lies just north of the Baker River Directly to the south, across the Baker River and adjacent to Route 25, is the village of Rumney Depot The village of Stinson Lake, comprising development around the lake and at the foot of adjacent Stinson Mountain, is in the northern corner of the town, and West Rumney is located along Route 25 near the town's western border

Rumney is home to the "Polar Caves", which are well known for their geological views and glowing rock formations It is located along Route 25 near the town's eastern border

Rumney Rocksedit

Rumney Rocks, located between Rumney village and West Rumney, is a rock climbing destination renowned for its sport climbing routes4

The majority of the climbing is found on the numerous small cliff faces on the south face of Rattlesnake Mountain, much of which lies within the White Mountain National Forest These cliffs are mostly made of schist, with some being granite, and vary from long smooth slabs to wildly overhung roofs and aretes They range in height, with most falling between 40 feet 12 m and 90 feet 27 m, but a few reach over 300 feet 91 m

Most climbs are well bolted, with a few requiring additional protection The climbs range from 50 to 515a, with the majority of routes falling between 510 and 5125


Historical population
1790 411
1800 624 518%
1810 765 226%
1820 864 129%
1830 993 149%
1840 1,110 118%
1850 1,109 −01%
1860 1,103 −05%
1870 1,165 56%
1880 1,056 −94%
1890 947 −103%
1900 837 −116%
1910 850 16%
1920 911 72%
1930 858 −58%
1940 861 03%
1950 859 −02%
1960 820 −45%
1970 870 61%
1980 1,212 393%
1990 1,446 193%
2000 1,480 24%
2010 1,480 00%
Est 2015 1,490 07%
US Decennial Census7

As of the census8 of 2000, there were 1,480 people, 569 households, and 393 families residing in the town The population density was 353 people per square mile 136/km² There were 879 housing units at an average density of 210 per square mile 81/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9804% White, 041% African American, 054% Native American, 041% Asian, 007% Pacific Islander, 020% from other races, and 034% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 061% of the population

There were 569 households out of which 299% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 575% were married couples living together, 63% had a female householder with no husband present, and 308% were non-families 232% of all households were made up of individuals and 88% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 255 and the average family size was 300

In the town, the population was spread out with 254% under the age of 18, 55% from 18 to 24, 259% from 25 to 44, 270% from 45 to 64, and 161% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 41 years For every 100 females there were 1027 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 1022 males

The median income for a household in the town was $38,125, and the median income for a family was $42,895 Males had a median income of $26,594 versus $21,705 for females The per capita income for the town was $17,169 About 49% of families and 95% of the population were below the poverty line, including 150% of those under age 18 and 67% of those age 65 or over

Stereographic cards c 1880edit

Notable peopleedit

  • Robert Burns, US congressman
  • Nathan Clifford, diplomat, 19th US Attorney General, and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science 1879
  • Jonathan Myles, Olympic luger


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ Coolidge, Austin J; John B Mansfield 1859 A History and Description of New England Boston, Massachusetts p 638 
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 - Rumney town, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau American Factfinder Retrieved November 13, 2011 
  4. ^ "Basic Rock Climbing Rumney Rocks" REI Retrieved 2008-05-08 
  5. ^ "Rumney" rockclimbingcom Retrieved July 6, 2009 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 

External linksedit

  • Town of Rumney official website
  • Byron G Merrill Library
  • Rumney Historical Society
  • Mary Baker Eddy House
  • Polar Caves Park
  • Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club
  • Rumney Climbers Association
  • Rockclimbing in Rumney -- Dartmouth Outing Club
  • Rumney Bible Conference
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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