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Merrimack County, New Hampshire
MerrimackCountyCourthouse Oct2019.jpg
Merrimack County Courthouse, 2019
Map of New Hampshire highlighting Merrimack 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 1823
Named for Merrimack River
Seat Concord
Largest city Concord
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

955.0 sq mi (2,473 km²)
932.9 sq mi (2,416 km²)
22.1 sq mi (57 km²), 2.3
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

153,808
164.9/sq mi (64/km²)
Congressional districts 1st, 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.merrimackcounty.net/

Merrimack County is a county in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 153,808,[1] making it the third-most populous county in New Hampshire. Its county seat is Concord,[2] the state capital. The county was organized in 1823 from parts of Hillsborough and Rockingham counties, and is named for the Merrimack River.[3] Merrimack County comprises the Concord, NH Micropolitan Statistical Area, which in turn constitutes a portion of the BostonWorcesterProvidence, MARI–NH–CT Combined Statistical Area. In 2010, the center of population of New Hampshire was located in Merrimack County, in the town of Pembroke.[4]

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 956 square miles (2,480 km2), of which 934 square miles (2,420 km2) is land and 22 square miles (57 km2) (2.3%) is water.[5] It is the third-largest county in New Hampshire by land area. The highest point in Merrimack county is Mount Kearsarge, on the border of Warner and Wilmot, at 2,937 feet (895 m).

Adjacent counties[]

National protected area[]

  • John Hay National Wildlife Refuge

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 34,614
1840 36,253 4.7%
1850 40,337 11.3%
1860 41,408 2.7%
1870 42,151 1.8%
1880 46,300 9.8%
1890 49,435 6.8%
1900 52,430 6.1%
1910 53,335 1.7%
1920 51,770 −2.9%
1930 56,152 8.5%
1940 60,710 8.1%
1950 63,022 3.8%
1960 67,785 7.6%
1970 80,925 19.4%
1980 98,302 21.5%
1990 120,005 22.1%
2000 136,225 13.5%
2010 146,445 7.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2020[10]

2000 census[]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 136,225 people, 51,843 households, and 35,460 families living in the county. The population density was 146 people per square mile (56/km2). There were 56,244 housing units at an average density of 60 per square mile (23/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.08% White, 0.54% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. 1.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.5% were of English, 13.4% Irish, 12.7% French, 11.0% French Canadian, 8.4% American, 6.4% German and 6.0% Italian ancestry. 94.2% spoke English, 2.9% French and 1.1% Spanish as their first language.

There were 51,843 households, out of which 33.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.90% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.60% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.90% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 30.60% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,522, and the median income for a family was $56,842. Males had a median income of $37,722 versus $27,207 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,208. About 4.10% of families and 5.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.60% of those under age 18 and 5.70% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[]

As of the 2010 United States census, there were 146,445 people, 57,069 households, and 38,104 families living in the county.[12] The population density was 156.8 inhabitants per square mile (60.5 /km2). There were 63,541 housing units at an average density of 68.0 per square mile (26.3 /km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 95.3% white, 1.6% Asian, 1.0% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.6% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 20.5% were English, 20.4% were Irish, 10.1% were German, 9.7% were Italian, 9.7% were French Canadian, 5.2% were Scottish, and 4.9% were American.[14]

Of the 57,069 households, 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.2% were non-families, and 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age was 41.4 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $63,012 and the median income for a family was $75,268. Males had a median income of $50,880 versus $37,351 for females. The per capita income for the county was $30,544. About 5.2% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.6% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Politics and government[]

United States presidential election results for Merrimack County, New Hampshire[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 39,711 44.06% 48,533 53.85% 1,889 2.10%
2016 37,674 45.04% 40,198 48.06% 5,776 6.91%
2012 34,524 42.88% 44,756 55.59% 1,234 1.53%
2008 34,010 42.46% 45,078 56.27% 1,018 1.27%
2004 36,060 47.05% 39,975 52.15% 612 0.80%
2000 30,028 47.15% 30,622 48.08% 3,034 4.76%
1996 21,231 37.78% 29,381 52.28% 5,588 9.94%
1992 22,114 37.59% 24,437 41.54% 12,283 20.88%
1988 29,535 60.66% 18,637 38.28% 514 1.06%
1984 27,925 67.16% 13,510 32.49% 144 0.35%
1980 23,584 56.21% 12,083 28.80% 6,293 15.00%
1976 21,853 58.62% 14,865 39.87% 564 1.51%
1972 25,354 67.70% 11,737 31.34% 362 0.97%
1968 19,289 57.94% 12,711 38.18% 1,292 3.88%
1964 12,564 38.80% 19,818 61.20% 0 0.00%
1960 20,395 60.57% 13,278 39.43% 0 0.00%
1956 22,060 71.68% 8,711 28.31% 3 0.01%
1952 21,824 67.92% 10,310 32.08% 0 0.00%
1948 16,586 59.37% 11,171 39.99% 178 0.64%
1944 14,599 52.17% 13,382 47.82% 2 0.01%
1940 14,923 50.39% 14,692 49.61% 0 0.00%
1936 14,456 51.05% 13,645 48.18% 218 0.77%
1932 13,986 51.98% 12,805 47.59% 117 0.43%
1928 15,724 60.63% 10,139 39.09% 72 0.28%
1924 13,587 59.88% 8,283 36.50% 822 3.62%
1920 12,748 58.28% 8,976 41.04% 148 0.68%
1916 5,970 49.16% 5,967 49.14% 207 1.70%
1912 4,632 39.08% 4,741 40.00% 2,480 20.92%
1908 6,932 56.51% 4,846 39.50% 489 3.99%
1904 7,433 59.74% 4,740 38.09% 270 2.17%
1900 7,517 57.65% 5,248 40.25% 274 2.10%
1896 7,715 65.67% 3,310 28.17% 724 6.16%
1892 6,116 49.69% 5,919 48.09% 274 2.23%
1888 6,001 48.14% 6,119 49.09% 346 2.78%
1884 6,005 50.59% 5,513 46.45% 351 2.96%
1880 5,935 49.95% 5,922 49.84% 26 0.22%
1876 5,660 49.85% 5,687 50.08% 8 0.07%



County Commission[]

The executive power of Merrimack 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 Tara Reardon Concord Democratic
2 Stuart Trachy Franklin Republican
3 Peter Spaulding Hopkinton 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.[17]

Office Name
County Attorney Paul Halvorsen (R)
Register of Deeds Susan Cragin (D)
County Sheriff David Croft (D)
Register of Probate Jane Bradstreet (D)
County Treasurer Kathleen Donnelly (D)

[18]

Legislative branch[]

The legislative branch of Merrimack County is made up of all of the members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from the county. In total, as of May 2021 there are 45 members from 29 different districts.

Affiliation Members Voting share
Template:Party color cell Democratic Party 24 53.3%
Template:Party color cell Republican Party 21 46.7%
Total 45 100%

Communities[]

Cities[]

Towns[]

  • Allenstown
  • Andover
  • Boscawen
  • Bow
  • Bradford
  • Canterbury
  • Chichester
  • Danbury
  • Dunbarton
  • Epsom
  • Henniker
  • Hill
  • Hooksett
  • Hopkinton
  • Loudon
  • New London
  • Newbury
  • Northfield
  • Pembroke
  • Pittsfield
  • Salisbury
  • Sutton
  • Warner
  • Webster
  • Wilmot

Census-designated places[]

  • Blodgett Landing
  • Bradford
  • Contoocook
  • Henniker
  • Hooksett
  • Loudon
  • New London
  • Pittsfield
  • South Hooksett
  • Suncook
  • Tilton Northfield
  • Warner

Villages[]

  • East Andover
  • Elkins
  • North Sutton
  • Penacook
  • South Newbury
  • South Sutton

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Merrimack County, New Hampshire

References[]

  1. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Merrimack County, New Hampshire". United States Census Bureau. https://data.census.gov/cedsci/profile?g=0500000US33013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". http://home.att.net/~local_history/NH-Merrimack_Co.htm. 
  4. ^ "Centers of Population by State: 2010". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/geo/reference/docs/cenpop2010/CenPop2010_Mean_ST.txt. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/docs/gazetteer/counties_list_33.txt. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/nh190090.txt. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  10. ^ "2020 Annual Resident Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/datasets/2010-2020/counties/totals/co-est2020-alldata.csv. 
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_DP/DPDP1/0500000US33013. 
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_SF1/GCTPH1.CY07/0500000US33013. 
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP02/0500000US33013. 
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP03/0500000US33013. 
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  17. ^ "Merrimack County Directory". http://www.merrimackcounty.net/links-and-contacts/16-links-contacts/41-merrimack-county-directory. 
  18. ^ "General Election Winners - 11/03/2020". 11 November 2020. https://sos.nh.gov/media/l4odlvyb/general-election-winners.pdf. 

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