Grafton County, New Hampshire

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Grafton County is a county located in the state of New Hampshire. As of 2000, the population is 81,743. Its county seat is Woodsville6. The county is the home of Dartmouth College and Plymouth State University.

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History

Grafton was one of the five counties originally identified for New Hampshire in 1769. It was named for Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton, who had been a supporter of American causes in Parliament, and who was serving as British Prime Minister at the time. The county was organized at Woodsville in 1771, and originally included the entire northern frontier of New Hampshire, including a number of towns that are now in Vermont. In 1803, the northern area was removed for the formation of Coos County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,533 km² (1,750 mi²). 4,438 km² (1,713 mi²) of it is land and 95 km² (37 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.10% water.

Grafton County is heavily rural. About half of its total area is White Mountain National Forest. Also located here is Squam Lake, featured in the film On Golden Pond, and the Old Man of the Mountain landmark.

Politics and government

In the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore narrowly defeated George W. Bush, taking 47.41 percent of the vote to Bush's 46.81 percent. Other candidates got a combined 5.78 percent.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 81,743 people, 31,598 households, and 20,254 families residing in the county. The population density is 18/km² (48/mi²). There are 43,729 housing units at an average density of 10/km² (26/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 95.76% White, 0.53% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 1.73% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. 1.12% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 31,598 households out of which 29.50% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.40% are married couples living together, 8.30% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.90% are non-families. 27.40% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.50% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.38 and the average family size is 2.90.

In the county the population is spread out with 21.90% under the age of 18, 13.50% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.40% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 96.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $41,962, and the median income for a family is $50,424. Males have a median income of $31,874 versus $25,286 for females. The per capita income for the county is $22,227. 8.60% of the population and 5.10% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 8.60% of those under the age of 18 and 7.50% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Cities and towns

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State of New Hampshire

Governors

Capital: Concord
Regions: Dartmouth Sunapee | Great North Woods | Lakes Region | Merrimack Valley | Monadnock | Seacoast |White Mountains
Major Metros: Manchester | Nashua
Smaller Cities: Berlin | Claremont | Concord | Dover | Franklin | Keene | Laconia | Lebanon | Portsmouth | Rochester | Somersworth
Counties: Belknap | Carroll | Cheshire | Coos | Grafton | Hillsborough | Merrimack | Rockingham | Strafford | Sullivan

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