Cheshire County, New Hampshire

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Cheshire County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. As of 2000, the population was 73,825. The 2009 population was estimated to be 77,578.[1] Its county seat is Keene.[2]

Cheshire was one of the five original counties of New Hampshire, and is named for Cheshire in England. It was organized in 1771 at Keene.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 729 square miles (1,888 km2), of which 707 sq mi (1,831 km2) is land and 22 sq mi (57 km2) (2.98%) is water. The highest point in Cheshire county is Mount Monadnock, in the northwestern part of Jaffrey, at 3,165 feet (965 m).

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 73,825 people, 28,299 households, and 18,790 families residing in the county. The population density was 104 people per square mile (40/km²). There were 31,876 housing units at an average density of 45 per square mile (17/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.75% White, 0.37% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 0.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.2% were of English, 13.1% French, 12.7% Irish, 9.3% American, 8.7% French Canadian, 6.7% Italian and 6.5% German ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.5% spoke English, 1.4% French and 1.2% Spanish as their first language.

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