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Stark, New Hampshire

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Stark is a town in Coos County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 556 at the 2010 census1 It has a famous covered bridge The town includes the villages of Percy and Crystal as well as the village of Stark, located on the Upper Ammonoosuc River New Hampshire Route 110 runs through Stark, east from US Highway 3 in Groveton and northwest from Route 16 in Berlin Much of the town is within the boundaries of the White Mountain National Forest

Stark is part of the Berlin, NH–VT Micropolitan Statistical Area


  • 1 History
    • 11 World War II POW camp
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 References
  • 5 Further reading
  • 6 External links


General John Stark

Granted in 1774, Stark was originally named Percy, after Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland The town was incorporated in 1795, and renamed Stark in 1832, after General John Stark, author of New Hampshire's motto, "Live Free or Die"citation needed

World War II POW campedit

In early 1944, the remains of a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the town were converted to form Camp Stark, which would hold about 250 German POWs This was the only World War II POW camp located in New Hampshire Most of the men in the camp performed hard labor in the nearby forests, supplying wood for the paper mills in Berlin, New Hampshire Some of the men eventually came back to live in the United States and Canada after the war ended, and the camp was closed in 1946


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 596 square miles 154 km2, of which 587 square miles 152 km2 is land and 09 square miles 23 km2 is water, comprising 152% of the town2 The town includes the eastern edge of the Pilot Range in the White Mountains, including several peaks higher than 3,000 feet 910 m above sea level The highest point in Stark is 3,730-foot 1,140 m Mount Hutchins, on the border with Northumberland


Historical population
1840 349
1850 418 198%
1860 426 19%
1870 464 89%
1880 690 487%
1890 703 19%
1900 733 43%
1910 448 −389%
1920 339 −243%
1930 329 −29%
1940 352 70%
1950 373 60%
1960 327 −123%
1970 343 49%
1980 470 370%
1990 518 102%
2000 516 −04%
2010 556 78%
Est 2015 518 −68%
US Decennial Census4

As of the census5 of 2000, there were 516 people, 194 households, and 147 families residing in the town The population density was 87 people per square mile 34/km² There were 384 housing units at an average density of 65 per square mile 25/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9748% White, 136% Asian, 019% from other races, and 097% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 039% of the population

There were 194 households out of which 330% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 613% were married couples living together, 67% had a female householder with no husband present, and 242% were non-families 175% of all households were made up of individuals and 77% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 265 and the average family size was 299

In the town, the population was spread out with 266% under the age of 18, 58% from 18 to 24, 285% from 25 to 44, 262% from 45 to 64, and 130% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 40 years For every 100 females there were 992 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 1005 males

The median income for a household in the town was $37,946, and the median income for a family was $40,089 Males had a median income of $35,833 versus $24,750 for females The per capita income for the town was $17,168 About 25% of families and 51% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 62% of those age 65 or over


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 - Stark town, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau American Factfinder Retrieved November 9, 2011 
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 

Further readingedit

  • Koop, Allen V Stark Decency: German Prisoners of War in a New England Village University Press of New England, 1988

External linksedit

  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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