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Sunapee, New Hampshire

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Sunapee is a town in Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 3,365 at the 2010 census1 Sunapee is home to part of Lake Sunapee The town includes the village of Georges Mills


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Fire safety
  • 5 Politics
  • 6 Notable people
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Sunapee Village in 1909

Like many other towns, this one went through name changes before its incorporation in 1781: "Saville" in 1768, "Corey's Town", and then "Wendell", for one of the Masonian Proprietors, John Wendell The marsh near Sunapee Middle High School still bears Wendell's name The name "Sunapee" was substituted for "Wendell" by the legislature in 1850 The town, Lake Sunapee and Mount Sunapee share the name which comes from the Algonquian Indian words "suna" meaning "goose", and "apee", meaning "lake" The Indians called the area "Lake of the Wild Goose" because it is shaped like a goose, with the beak being in Sunapee Harbor

Sunapee, 2005

Before Sunapee was a sizable tourist attraction, it was an industrial area One factory produced 110 clothespins a minute After the factories faded away, the major attraction became the pristine lake, once surrounded by a number of grand hotels People used large ferries to get from hotel to hotel around the lake, but the ferries were mostly gone by 1915, when the automobile was widely introduced to the area Lake Sunapee is the only lake in New Hampshire with three working lighthouses, which were originally built in the 1890s by the Woodsum brothers and are currently maintained by the Lake Sunapee Protective Association


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 252 square miles 653 km2, of which 211 sq mi 546 km2 is land and 41 sq mi 106 km2 is water, comprising 1620% of the town1 Sunapee is drained by the Sugar River The highest point in town is about 1,600 feet 490 m above sea level, along the town's northern border, just north of Ledge Pond


Historical population
1790 267
1800 355 330%
1810 447 259%
1820 603 349%
1830 637 56%
1840 795 248%
1850 787 −10%
1860 778 −11%
1870 808 39%
1880 895 108%
1890 900 06%
1900 946 51%
1910 1,071 132%
1920 898 −162%
1930 1,040 158%
1940 1,071 30%
1950 1,108 35%
1960 1,164 51%
1970 1,384 189%
1980 2,312 671%
1990 2,559 107%
2000 3,055 194%
2010 3,365 101%
Est 2015 3,401 11%
US Decennial Census3
New Safety Services facility, completed August 2006

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,365 people, 1,443 households, and 973 families residing in the town The population density was 1595 people per square mile 615/km² There were 2,431 housing units at an average density of 1152 per square mile 444/km² The racial makeup of the town was 976% White, 02% African American, 03% Native American, 06% Asian, 003% Pacific Islander, 03% some other race, and 10% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 08% of the population4

Sunapee Harbor c 1905

There were 1,443 households, out of which 271% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 552% were headed by married couples living together, 79% had a female householder with no husband present, and 326% were non-families 255% of all households were made up of individuals, and 88% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 231, and the average family size was 2744

In the town, the population was spread out with 196% under the age of 18, 67% from 18 to 24, 217% from 25 to 44, 328% from 45 to 64, and 191% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 462 years For every 100 females there were 981 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 969 males4

George's Mills c 1905

For the period 2007-11, the estimated median annual income for a household in the town was $66,741, and the median income for a family was $78,973 Male full-time workers had a median income of $52,870 versus $42,784 for females The per capita income for the town was $38,737 About 08% of families and 60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 57% of those under age 18 and 23% of those age 65 or over5

Fire safetyedit

Sunapee's 100-foot ladder

The town of Sunapee maintains a volunteer Fire Safety Program Despite the amount of waterfront property and the number of boaters coming from Sunapee, the fire department does not have a public safety diver


Sunapee is represented in the New Hampshire General Court by Republican Bob Odell in the Senate

Notable peopleedit

  • Ken Burns, director and producer of documentary filmscitation needed
  • Steven Tyler, lead singer of American rock band Aerosmith67


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001: Sunapee town, Sullivan County, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau, American Factfinder Retrieved February 4, 2013 
  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. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data DP-1: Sunapee town, Sullivan County, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau, American Factfinder Retrieved February 4, 2013 
  5. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates DP03: Sunapee town, Sullivan County, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau, American Factfinder Retrieved February 4, 2013 
  6. ^ NewHampshirecom, January 21, 2012
  7. ^ Oprah Winfrey Network

External linksedit

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