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Sanbornton, New Hampshire

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Sanbornton is a town in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 2,966 at the 2010 census1 It includes the villages of North Sanbornton and Gaza


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Government
  • 5 Notable people
  • 6 References
  • 7 Further reading
  • 8 External links


Located in the fork of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee rivers, the town was first called Crotchtown It was granted by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth in 1748 to his friend John Sanborn of Hampton, along with 59 others from Hampton, Exeter and Stratham Twelve of the grantees were named Sanborn, therefore the community was named Sanborntown2 Among the other settlers were members of the Leavitt family, related to the Sanborns3 But ongoing hostilities during the French and Indian War delayed permanent settlement until 1764 It would be incorporated by Governor John Wentworth in 1770 The town originally included Sanbornton Bridge, or Bridge Village, set off in 1869 as Tilton


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 498 square miles 1289 km2, of which 476 sq mi 1233 km2 is land and 22 sq mi 56 km2 is water, comprising 432% of the town Bounded on the west by the Pemigewasset River and on the east by Winnisquam Lake, Sanbornton is largely drained by Salmon Brook, a tributary of the Pemigewasset The highest point in town is the summit of Hersey Mountain, elevation 2,001 feet 610 m above sea level, along the town's northwestern border

The town is served by Interstate 93, New Hampshire Route 132, and New Hampshire Route 127 I-93 accesses the town via Exit 22 NH 127 and leads north to Plymouth and south to Concord NH 132 parallels I-93 as a local road, connecting Tilton to the south with New Hampton and Ashland to the north NH 127 intersects NH 132 in the village of Gaza within Sanbornton and leads southwest to Franklin US Route 3 crosses a very small southeastern corner of Sanbornton at the village of Winnisquam, where the road crosses Winnisquam Lake


Historical population
1790 1,587
1800 2,695 698%
1810 2,884 70%
1820 3,329 154%
1830 2,866 −139%
1840 2,745 −42%
1850 2,695 −18%
1860 2,743 18%
1870 1,236 −549%
1880 1,192 −36%
1890 1,027 −138%
1900 944 −81%
1910 850 −100%
1920 617 −274%
1930 654 60%
1940 677 35%
1950 755 115%
1960 857 135%
1970 1,022 193%
1980 1,679 643%
1990 2,136 272%
2000 2,581 208%
2010 2,966 149%
Est 2015 2,975 03%
US Decennial Census5

As of the census6 of 2000, there were 2,581 people, 969 households, and 749 families residing in the town The population density was 543 people per square mile 210/km² There were 1,359 housing units at an average density of 286 per square mile 110/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9814% White, 015% African American, 015% Native American, 050% Asian, 012% from other races, and 093% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 043% of the population

There were 969 households out of which 330% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 647% were married couples living together, 89% had a female householder with no husband present, and 227% were non-families 168% of all households were made up of individuals and 65% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 266 and the average family size was 297

In the town, the population was spread out with 253% under the age of 18, 64% from 18 to 24, 289% from 25 to 44, 284% from 45 to 64, and 109% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 40 years For every 100 females there were 984 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 975 males

The median income for a household in the town was $48,458, and the median income for a family was $52,179 Males had a median income of $35,472 versus $26,117 for females The per capita income for the town was $22,879 About 22% of families and 51% of the population were below the poverty line, including 84% of those under age 18 and 43% of those age 65 or over


In the New Hampshire Senate, Sanbornton is in the 2nd District, represented by Republican Bob Giuda On the New Hampshire Executive Council, Sanbornton is in the 1st District, represented by Republican Joe Kenney In the United States House of Representatives, Sanbornton is in New Hampshire's 1st congressional district, represented by Democrat Carol Shea-Porter

Notable peopleedit

  • Albert E Bodwell, noted 19th-century New Hampshire architect7
  • Joseph M Harper, US Representative and Acting Governor of New Hampshire8
  • Don Kent, meteorologist9
  • Lois Lowry, children's author summer resident10
  • Daniel S Miles, religious leadercitation needed
  • George W Swain, Wisconsin state senator11


  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 pp 643–644 
  3. ^ History of Sanbornton, New Hampshire, Moses Thurston Runnels, 1881
  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. ^ Runnels, M T History of Sanbornton, New Hampshire Vol 1 Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, 1882
  8. ^ "HARPER, Joseph Morrill, 1787 - 1865" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved December 13, 2013 
  9. ^ "Don Kent, 92; WBZ-TV weatherman whose gimmick was credibility" BostonCom Retrieved December 13, 2013 
  10. ^ "Profile for Sanbornton, New Hampshire, NH" ePodunk Retrieved December 13, 2013 
  11. ^ "Biographical Sketches" Wisconsin Blue Book Retrieved February 1, 2014 

Further readingedit

  • Mildred L Coombs, Sanbornton, NH, 1770-1970 Sanbornton, NH : Sanbornton Historical Society, 1970
  • Moses Thurston Runnels, History of Sanbornton, New Hampshire: In Two Volumes Boston, MA: Alfred Mudge and Son, 1882 Volume 1: Annals | Volume 2: Genealogies
  • Ralph Sleeper, Revolutionary Sanbornton Tilton, NH: Sanbornton Bridge Press, 1976

External linksedit

  • Town of Sanbornton official website
  • Sanbornton Public Library
  • Sanbornton Historical Document Foundation
  • Mohawk Trail Riders Snowmobile Club
  • History of Sanbornton, New Hampshire
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • Lane Tavern, Sanbornton Historical Society
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