Coos County, New Hampshire

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Coös County (pronounced /ˈkoʊ.ɒs/, with two syllables), usually spelled simply Coos County,[1][2] is a county in the U.S. state of New Hampshire, including the whole of the state's northern panhandle. The two-syllable pronunciation is sometimes made visible using diaeresis, notably in the Lancaster-based weekly newspaper, The Coös County Democrat and on some county-owned vehicles.

Coös occupies the largest area of any New Hampshire county, but has the smallest population: 33,111, as of 2000. The 2009 population was estimated to be 34,024.[3] The county seat is Lancaster. Major industries are forestry and tourism, with the once-dominant paper-making industry in sharp decline.

Coös County is part of the Berlin, NH–VT Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Coös County was separated from the northern part of Grafton County, New Hampshire and organized at Berlin December 24, 1803, although the county seat was later moved to Lancaster, with an additional shire town at Colebrook. The name Coös derives from the Algonquian Indian term meaning crooked, the Indian name of the Connecticut River, which rises in the northernmost end of the county.

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