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Carroll County, New Hampshire

Carroll County, New Hampshire
Map of New Hampshire highlighting Carroll County
Location in the state of New Hampshire
Map of the United States highlighting New Hampshire
New Hampshire's location in the U.S.
Founded 1840
Named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Seat Ossipee
Largest town Conway
 • Total 992 sq mi (2,569 km2)
 • Land 931 sq mi (2,411 km2)
 • Water 61 sq mi (158 km2), 6.2%
 • (2010) 47,818
 • Density 51/sq mi (20/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .net.carrollcountynhwww

Carroll County is a Strafford County. It was named in honor of Charles Carroll of Carrollton,[3] who had died in 1832, the last surviving signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • National protected area 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Politics 3
  • Communities 4
    • Towns 4.1
    • Township 4.2
    • Census-designated places 4.3
    • Villages 4.4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 992 square miles (2,570 km2), of which 931 square miles (2,410 km2) is land and 61 square miles (160 km2) (6.2%) is water.[4] It is the third-largest county in New Hampshire by total area. Northern Carroll County is known for being mountainous. Several ski areas, including Cranmore Mountain, Attitash, King Pine, and Black Mountain, are located here.

Adjacent counties

National protected area


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 43,666 people, 18,351 households, and 12,313 families residing in the county. The population density was 18/km² (47/sq mi). There were 34,750 housing units at an average density of 14/km² (37/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.22% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 0.48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.5% were of English, 15.6% Irish, 10.5% American, 9.7% French, 6.7% German, 5.8% Italian and 5.2% Scottish ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.5% spoke English and 1.6% French as their first language.

There were 18,351 households out of which 27.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.30% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 5.30% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 27.70% from 45 to 64, and 17.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,990, and the median income for a family was $46,922. Males had a median income of $31,811 versus $23,922 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,931. About 5.50% of families and 7.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.00% of those under age 18 and 6.70% of those age 65 or over.


Presidential election results[11]
Year Democratic Republican
2012 48.9% 13,977 49.7% 14,207
2008 52.4% 15,221 46.1% 13,387
2004 47.2% 13,319 51.8% 14,614
2000 41.3% 9,852 52.8% 12,597

The county is historically Republican, but in 2008 Barack Obama received 52.39% of the county's vote.[12] This made him the first Democratic presidential nominee to win the county since 1912 and the first Democratic presidential nominee to win an absolute majority in the county since 1888.

The county is politically divided between the more conservative southern half, home to several seasonal communities along the north shore of Lake Winnipesaukee including Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, and Wolfeboro, and the more liberal northern half, with several ski towns and resort towns such as Bartlett and Conway. In both the 2012 Presidential and gubernatorial elections in New Hampshire, Democratic candidates easily won the northern half of the county, and Republican candidates easily won the southern half of the county.[13]




Census-designated places


See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 70. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  11. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  12. ^ David Leip's Presidential Election Database
  13. ^ [2]

External links

  • Carroll County official website
  • National Register of Historic Places listing for Carroll Co., New Hampshire

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