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Danbury, New Hampshire


Danbury, New Hampshire

Danbury, New Hampshire
George Gamble Library c. 1912
Location in Merrimack County and the state of New Hampshire.
Location in Merrimack County and the state of New Hampshire.
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Merrimack
Incorporated 1795
 • Board of Selectmen Lyn H. England, Chair
James D. Phelps
Jessica L. Hatch
 • Total 37.7 sq mi (97.7 km2)
 • Land 37.5 sq mi (97.0 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)  0.74%
Elevation 825 ft (251 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,164
 • Density 31/sq mi (12/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 03230
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-16980
GNIS feature ID 0873574

Danbury is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,164 at the 2010 census.[1]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Places of interest 4
  • Notable people 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Inland Farm in 1916

It was first settled about 1771 as a part of Alexandria, but mountainous terrain separated it from the rest of the town. In 1795, it was set off and incorporated, the name suggested by a settler from Danbury, Connecticut. The town later grew by adding land from Wilmot and Hill. Farmers found the surface mostly hilly, but with some good intervales suitable for agriculture. Raising cattle and sheep became the principal occupation. By 1859, when the population was 934, it had seven sawmills, two shingle, lath and clapboard mills, and one tannery.[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.7 square miles (98 km2), of which 37.5 sq mi (97 km2) is land and 0.3 sq mi (0.78 km2) is water, comprising 0.74% of the town.

The town is drained by the Smith River and lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.[3] Waukeena Lake, School Pond, and Bog Pond are a few of the bodies of water within the town limits.

The highest point in Danbury is the summit of Tinkham Hill, at 2,320 feet (710 m) above sea level, in the northern part of town. Ragged Mountain is a prominent mountain with multiple summits which occupies the southern portion of town and has a ski area of the same name; the elevation of the Danbury summit of Ragged is 2,225 ft (678 m) above sea level. The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway hiking trail crosses a corner of Danbury along Ragged Mountain's Ridge Trail. Access to the Ridge Trail from the SRK Greenway is on the SRKG 6.1 mile trail section 9, either from trailhead parking on New Canada Road in Wilmot from the northwest or from Proctor Academy's trailhead parking in Andover from the southeast.

Danbury is located approximately 35 miles (56 km) from Concord, the state capital, and 50 miles (80 km) from Manchester, the state's largest city. Danbury is the northernmost town in Merrimack County and lies within the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region. The town is served by U.S. Route 4 and New Hampshire Route 104.


In 1800, there were 165 people living in Danbury, according to the first official census.

As of the 2000 census,[4] there were 1,071 people, 435 households, and 310 families residing in the town. The population density was 28.6 people per square mile (11.0/km²). There were 596 housing units at an average density of 15.9 per square mile (6.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was:

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population. (U.S. average: 12.5%)

In 2000, there were 435 households with an average household size of 2.46 and an average family size of 2.84.

  • 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them. (U.S. average: 32.8%)
  • 57.7% were married couples living together. (U.S. average: 51.7%)
  • 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present. (U.S. average: 12.2%)
  • 28.7% were non-families. (U.S. average: 31.9%)
  • 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals. (U.S. average: 25.8%)
  • 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. (U.S. average: 9.2%)
Danbury Inn in 1916

In 2000, the town's population had a median age of 41 years (U.S. average: 35.3).

  • 23.0% under the age of 18
  • 6.8% from 18 to 24
  • 30.7% from 25 to 44
  • 26.7% from 45 to 64
  • 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older.

For every 100 females there were 104.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,313 (U.S. average: $41,994). The median income for a family was $40,809 (U.S. average: $50,046). Males had a median income of $32,105 versus $26,328 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,339. About 8.9% of families (U.S. average: 9.2%), and 11.1% of the population (U.S. average: 12.4%) were below the poverty line, including 11.9% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.

Places of interest

Notable people

  • Francis Reed (1852–1917), inventor of many lathe and drill machines
  • Amos Leavitt Taylor (1877- ), Secretary of Massachusetts Republican Party (1927–1928); Massachusetts Republican State Chair (1924–1949)

See also


  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. 463. 
  3. ^ Foster, Debra H.; Batorfalvy, Tatianna N.; Medalie, Laura (1995). Water Use in New Hampshire: An Activities Guide for Teachers. U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Geological Survey. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Town of Danbury official website
  • George Gamble Library
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition
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