Dunbarton, New Hampshire

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Dunbarton, is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 2,226 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 2,605.[1]



Originally granted as Gorham's-town in 1735, and re-granted as Starkstown in 1748, the town was incorporated in 1765 as Dunbarton. The name came from Dunbartonshire in Scotland, hometown to Archibald Stark, a prominent settler.

Notable inhabitants


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.4 square miles (81 km2), of which 30.9 sq mi (80 km2) is land and 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2) is water, comprising 1.50% of the town. The highest point in Dunbarton is 925 feet (282 m) above sea level near NH Route 13 north of Dunbarton Center. Dunbarton lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,226 people, 814 households, and 648 families residing in the town. The population density was 72.1 people per square mile (27.8/km²). There were 858 housing units at an average density of 27.8/sq mi (10.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.43% White, 0.09% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.31% of the population.

There were 814 households out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.8% were married couples living together, 3.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.3% were non-families. 14.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.03.

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