Dixville, New Hampshire

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Coordinates: 44°55′00″N 71°16′58″W / 44.9166667°N 71.28278°W / 44.9166667; -71.28278

Dixville (also known as Little Switzerland) is a township in Coos County, New Hampshire, United States. In New Hampshire, locations, grants, townships (which are different from towns), and purchases are unincorporated portions of a county which are not part of any town and have limited self-government (if any, as many are uninhabited).

The population was 75 at the 2000 census. Dixville is the location of The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel. It is part of the Berlin, NH–VT micropolitan statistical area.

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History

Dixville was granted by the legislature to Timothy Dix, Jr., in 1805 and contained about 29,340 acres (118.7 km2); the price was $4,500. It was organized for voting purposes in 1960, and the village of Dixville Notch is commonly known as the first place to cast votes in U.S. elections. The original grant included the eastern portion (north of Wentworth's Location) now known separately as Dix's Grant.[1]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 49.0 square miles (126.9 km2), of which 48.9 sq mi (126.7 km2) is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.26 km2), or 0.29%, is water. The elevation of Dixville Notch is 1,887 feet (575 m) above sea level, in Dixville Notch State Park. (The term "notch" is the local equivalent of "pass" or "gap", and refers to a low place between mountains or mountain ranges.) Nearby Dixville Peak is the highest point in the township at 3,482 feet (1,061 m).

The township is served by New Hampshire Route 26.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 75 people, 10 households, and 10 families residing in the township. The population density was 1.5 people per square mile (0.6/km²). There were 36 housing units at an average density of 0.7/sq mi (0.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.67% White, with there being only one person of any other race, a Hispanic.

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