Grantham, New Hampshire

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Grantham is a town in Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 2,167 at the 2000 census, an increase of 920 from the 1990 census. This made Grantham the fastest growing town in Sullivan County between the 1990 and 2000 censuses.[1] The 2009 population was estimated to be 2,499.[2]



Incorporated in 1761, Grantham takes its name from Thomas Robinson, 1st Baron Grantham, Secretary of State for the Southern Department from March 1754 to October 1755.

The families of Howe, Dunbar and Leavitt were all early Grantham settlers. All three families secured lands in Grantham as part of the charter granted to Baron Grantham in 1761, and all three families "have Grantham hills named after them," according to Elmer M. Hunt in New Hampshire Town Names And Whence They Came. "The Leavitts are said to have had at one time fifty children in attendance at the town's school, and over the years no fewer than seventeen teachers."[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 27.6 square miles (71 km2), of which 26.8 sq mi (69 km2) is land and 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2) is water, comprising 3.15% of the town. The highest point in town is Grantham Mountain, 2,660 feet (810 m) above sea level, a peak along the ridge of Croydon Mountain, which follows the western edge of the town. Grantham lies fully within the Connecticut River watershed.[4] A major body of water in Grantham is Eastman Pond which serves as a recreational hub of the Eastman Community. In addition Grantham boasts Anderson and Butternut ponds.

The town is home to the Grantham Village School (opened 1981) and Dunbar Free Library (opened 1903).


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,167 people, 924 households, and 707 families residing in the town. The population density was 80.9 people per square mile (31.2/km²). There were 1,513 housing units at an average density of 56.5/sq mi (21.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.29% White, 0.28% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.55% of the population.

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