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Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Seal of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Seal
Map of New Hampshire highlighting Hillsborough County
Location in the state of New Hampshire
Map of the U.S. highlighting New Hampshire
New Hampshire's location in the U.S.
Founded 1769
Seat Manchester and Nashua
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

892 sq mi (2,310 km²)
876 sq mi (2,269 km²)
16 sq mi (41 km²), 1.78%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

422,937
435/sq mi (168/km²)
Website www.hillsboroughcountynh.org

Hillsborough County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. As of 2020, the population was 422,937. Its county seats are Manchester and Nashua.

History[]

Hillsborough was one of the five original counties identified for New Hampshire in 1769, and was named for Wills Hill, the Viscount Hillsborough who was British Secretary of State for the Colonies at the time. The county was organized at Amherst on March 19, 1771. In 1823 a number of towns were removed to become part of Merrimack County. Over several years ending in 1869, county administrative functions were moved from Amherst to the current seats of Manchester and Nashua.

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,311 km² (892 sq mi). 2,270 km² (876 sq mi) of it is land and 41 km² (16 sq mi) of it (1.78%) is water.

Adjacent Counties[]

Demographics[]

As of the census² of 2000, there were 380,841 people, 144,455 households, and 98,807 families residing in the county. The population density was 168/km² (435/sq mi). There were 149,961 housing units at an average density of 66/km² (171/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 93.90% White, 1.29% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 2.00% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.31% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. 3.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 87.6% spoke English, 5.1% French and 2.7% Spanish as their first language.

There were 144,455 households out of which 35.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.00% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.60% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 32.70% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 10.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $53,384, and the median income for a family was $62,363. Males had a median income of $42,017 versus $29,397 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,198. About 4.30% of families and 6.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.60% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over.

Politics and government[]

2020 presidential election by voting ward in Hillsborough County

In the 2012 presidential election, Time had listed Hillsborough as one of five critical counties affecting the outcome in the swing state of New Hampshire. Obama ended up winning with a margin of 50%-49%.[1] Despite its more urban nature, Hillsborough County has historically been a more Republican leaning part of the state, although there is evidence to suggest that is changing. In 2020, Joe Biden and Jeanne Shaheen won Hillsborough County by a wider margin than they won statewide by.[2] Biden also received the highest percentage of the vote for a Democrat since Lyndon Johnson's 1964 landslide, largely driven due to large swings to Democrats in the county's historically Republican suburban communities.[1]

United States presidential election results for Hillsborough County, New Hampshire[3]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 104,625 45.16% 122,344 52.81% 4,690 2.02%
2016 100,013 46.70% 99,589 46.50% 14,555 6.80%
2012 99,991 48.62% 102,303 49.74% 3,373 1.64%
2008 97,178 47.47% 104,820 51.20% 2,711 1.32%
2004 99,724 51.03% 94,121 48.16% 1,582 0.81%
2000 80,649 48.65% 77,625 46.83% 7,487 4.52%
1996 59,441 40.54% 71,282 48.61% 15,912 10.85%
1992 61,620 39.04% 58,470 37.04% 37,750 23.92%
1988 88,261 65.00% 45,799 33.73% 1,718 1.27%
1984 81,462 70.68% 33,314 28.91% 475 0.41%
1980 68,994 59.84% 31,789 27.57% 14,521 12.59%
1976 53,581 53.11% 45,544 45.15% 1,755 1.74%
1972 65,274 64.39% 34,739 34.27% 1,364 1.35%
1968 42,409 46.01% 45,423 49.28% 4,337 4.71%
1964 29,503 32.88% 60,236 67.12% 0 0.00%
1960 38,430 42.43% 52,135 57.57% 0 0.00%
1956 45,248 55.50% 36,234 44.44% 46 0.06%
1952 41,263 49.68% 41,802 50.32% 0 0.00%
1948 28,257 39.94% 41,789 59.07% 696 0.98%
1944 25,921 37.99% 42,306 62.00% 9 0.01%
1940 26,201 38.09% 42,580 61.91% 0 0.00%
1936 23,293 38.07% 34,992 57.20% 2,895 4.73%
1932 23,308 41.50% 32,458 57.79% 395 0.70%
1928 24,465 45.23% 29,457 54.46% 165 0.31%
1924 22,098 51.66% 16,002 37.41% 4,673 10.93%
1920 23,040 54.44% 18,736 44.27% 546 1.29%
1916 9,927 46.33% 10,939 51.05% 562 2.62%
1912 8,007 35.92% 8,909 39.96% 5,378 24.12%
1908 12,568 57.29% 8,701 39.66% 669 3.05%
1904 12,603 57.54% 8,831 40.32% 470 2.15%
1900 12,653 58.76% 8,339 38.72% 543 2.52%
1896 13,080 67.80% 4,965 25.73% 1,248 6.47%
1892 9,875 52.08% 8,785 46.33% 303 1.60%
1888 9,460 52.08% 8,439 46.45% 267 1.47%
1884 8,540 53.31% 7,075 44.17% 404 2.52%
1880 8,689 55.10% 7,001 44.39% 80 0.51%
1876 8,190 54.57% 6,790 45.24% 29 0.19%



County Commission[]

The executive power of Hillsborough County's government is held by three county commissioners, each representing one of the three commissioner districts within the county.

District Commissioner Hometown Party
1 Toni Pappas Manchester Republican
2 Michael Soucy Nashua Republican
3 Robert Rowe Amherst Republican

In addition to the county commission, there are five directly elected officials; they include county attorney, register of deeds, county sheriff, register of probate, and county treasurer.[4]

Office Name
County Attorney John Coughlin (R)
Register of Deeds Mary Ann Crowell (D)
County Sheriff Christopher Connelly (R)
Register of Probate Elizabeth Ann Moreau (R)
County Treasurer David Fredette (R)

[5]

Legislative branch[]

The legislative branch of Hillsborough County is made up of all of the members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from the county. In total, as of 2021 there are 122 members from 45 different districts.

Affiliation Members Voting share
Democratic Party 66 54.1%
Republican Party 56 45.9%
Total 122 100%

Cities, towns, and villages*[]

* Villages are census divisions, but have no separate corporate existence from the towns they are in.

References[]

External links[]

Coordinates: 42°55′N 71°43′W / 42.92, -71.72

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