Grafton, New Hampshire

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Grafton is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,138 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 1,258.[1]



Originally granted in 1761, and re-granted in 1769, Grafton, like the county it resides in, takes its name from Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton, a relative of colonial governor Benning Wentworth. Grafton was incorporated in 1778.

Notable inhabitants


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.6 square miles (110 km2), of which 41.8 sq mi (108 km2) is land and 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2) is water, comprising 1.85% of the town. The highest point in Grafton is the summit of Melvin Mountain, at 2,177 feet (664 m) above sea level. Grafton Pond is in the western part of town. Grafton lies mostly within the Merrimack River watershed, though the western edge of town is in the Connecticut River watershed.[2]

Sites of interest


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,138 people, 455 households, and 306 families residing in the town. The population density was 27.2 people per square mile (10.5/km²). There were 698 housing units at an average density of 16.7/sq mi (6.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.98% White, 0.26% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.53% of the population.

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