Loudon, New Hampshire

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Loudon is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,481 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 5,295.[1] Loudon is the home of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.



Loudon, incorporated in 1773, was named for John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 47.5 square miles (123 km2), of which 46.8 sq mi (121 km2) is land and 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2) is water, comprising 1.41% of the town. The town's highest point is near its northern border, where an unnamed summit just north of the location known as Sabattus Heights reaches 1,050 feet (320 m) above sea level.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,481 people, 1,611 households, and 1,256 families residing in the town. The population density was 95.7 people per square mile (37.0/km²). There were 1,684 housing units at an average density of 36.0/sq mi (13.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.24% White, 0.25% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60% of the population.

There were 1,611 households out of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.9% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.0% were non-families. 15.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $55,185, and the median income for a family was $59,096. Males had a median income of $39,216 versus $25,694 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,673. About 4.2% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.

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