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Sutton, New Hampshire

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Sutton is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 1,837 at the 2010 census1 Sutton includes the villages of Sutton Mills shown as "Sutton" on topographic maps, North Sutton, South Sutton and East Sutton North Sutton is home to Wadleigh State Park on Kezar Lake


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Education
  • 5 Notable people
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


The town was granted in 1749 by the Masonian Proprietors to inhabitants of Haverhill, Newbury and Bradford, Massachusetts, as well as Kingston, New Hampshire It was called Perrystown after Obadiah Perry, one of the proprietors But the French and Indian War delayed settlement until 1767, when David Peaslee arrived Many proprietors forfeited their claims, even with an extension in 1773, so the town was regranted in 1784 The second group of settlers were from Sutton, Massachusetts, source of the town's current name2


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 431 square miles 1116 km2, of which 423 sq mi 1096 km2 is land and 08 sq mi 21 km2 185% is water The highest point in Sutton is the summit of Kings Hill, at approximately 1,930 feet 590 m above sea level, in the northwest corner of the town

The town is drained primarily by tributaries of the Warner River, which flows to the Contoocook River and ultimately the Merrimack River The Lane River, a tributary of the Warner, drains a large portion of the center of town The northern portion of town is drained by tributaries of the Blackwater River, another tributary of the Contoocook The extreme northwest corner of town is part of the Lake Sunapee watershed, draining via the Sugar River of western New Hampshire into the Connecticut River Blaisdell Lake is in the southwest part of the town

Sutton is served by Interstate 89 and New Hampshire Route 114


Historical population
1790 520
1800 878 688%
1810 1,328 513%
1820 1,573 184%
1830 1,424 −95%
1840 1,361 −44%
1850 1,387 19%
1860 1,431 32%
1870 1,155 −193%
1880 993 −140%
1890 849 −145%
1900 776 −86%
1910 698 −101%
1920 632 −95%
1930 512 −190%
1940 675 318%
1950 554 −179%
1960 487 −121%
1970 642 318%
1980 1,091 699%
1990 1,457 335%
2000 1,544 60%
2010 1,837 190%
Est 2015 1,852 08%
US Decennial Census4

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,837 people, 757 households, and 556 families residing in the town The population density was 434 people per square mile 167/km² There were 985 housing units at an average density of 233 per square mile 90/km² The racial makeup of the town was 965% White, 03% Black or African American, 03% Native American, 08% Asian, 05% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 03% some other race, and 14% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11% of the population5

There were 757 households out of which 272% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 637% were headed by married couples living together, 71% had a female householder with no husband present, and 266% were non-families 201% of all households were made up of individuals, and 69% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 243, and the average family size was 2785

In the town, the population was spread out with 216% under the age of 18, 51% from 18 to 24, 219% from 25 to 44, 352% from 45 to 64, and 162% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 458 years For every 100 females there were 1005 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 997 males5

At the 2000 census, the median income for a household in the town was $50,924, and the median income for a family was $56,685 Males had a median income of $34,250 versus $30,658 for females The per capita income for the town was $24,432 About 28% of families and 50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 80% of those under age 18 and 47% of those age 65 or over


There are three public schools in the town: Sutton Central School an elementary school, Kearsarge Regional Middle School, and Kearsarge Regional High School

Notable peopleedit

  • John Eaton, general and commissioner of education6
  • Jonathan Harvey, US congressman7
  • Matthew Harvey, US congressman, 13th governor of New Hampshire and United States federal judge8
  • John S Pillsbury, businessman and the 8th governor of Minnesota9
  • Lydia Fowler Wadleigh, American educator 10
  • Charles D Wells, Wisconsin assemblyman11


  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 661 
  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. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data DP-1: Sutton town, Merrimack County, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau, American Factfinder Retrieved March 13, 2012 
  6. ^ "John Eaton, Jr" Encyclopædia Britannica Retrieved January 1, 2014 
  7. ^ "HARVEY, Jonathan, 1780 - 1859" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved January 3, 2014 
  8. ^ Benjamin, Walter Romeyn 1903 The Collector: A Monthly Magazine for Autograph and HistoricalCollectors, Volume 16, Issue 10 W R Benjamin Autographs p 106 
  9. ^ "Minnesota Governor John Sargent Pillsbury" National Governors Association Retrieved January 1, 2014 
  10. ^ Find A Grave memorial for Lydia F Wadleigh, 1817-1888
  11. ^ THE LEGISLATIVE MANUAL OF THE STATE OF WISCONSIN 15th ed Madison, Wis 1876 p 473 

External linksedit

View of North Sutton c 1905
  • Town of Sutton official website
  • Sutton Free Library
  • Wadleigh State Park
  • Sutton RidgeRunners Snowmobile Club
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition
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Coordinates: 43°20′03″N 71°57′05″W / 4333417°N 7195139°W / 4333417; -7195139

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