Francestown, New Hampshire

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Francestown is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,480 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 1,582.[1]

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History

Incorporated in 1772, Francestown takes its name from Frances Deering Wentworth, the wife of colonial governor John Wentworth. There were 928 residents when the first census was taken in 1790.

For some time the town used its location on the only route between Boston and Vermont, the Second New Hampshire Turnpike, to collect a toll of one cent per mile from coaches and wagons.

High-quality soapstone was mined in Francestown until the 1890s.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 30.7 square miles (80 km2), of which 30.2 sq mi (78 km2) is land and 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2) is water, comprising 1.73% of the town. The highest point in Francestown is the summit of Crotched Mountain, at 2,066 ft (630 m) above sea level, on the town's western border. Francestown lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.[2]

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,480 people, 552 households, and 418 families residing in the town. The population density was 49.1 people per square mile (18.9/km²). There were 656 housing units at an average density of 21.7/sq mi (8.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.30% White, 0.07% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.47% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.

There were 552 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.8% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. 17.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 4.1% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 103.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.8 males.

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