Lyman, New Hampshire

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Lyman is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 487 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 566.[1]



Lyman, along with Grantham, Lisbon, and eleven Vermont towns, was granted as compensation to General Phineas Lyman, a commander in the French and Indian War. According to the county gazetteer, "It was granted to Daniel Lyman and sixty-three others, November 10, 1761, its name being derived from the fact that eleven of the grantees bore the name of Lyman. The grantees failed to comply with the requirements of their charter, and thus forfeited their grant, but an extension of time was granted them July 20, 1769."[2] Lyman was incorporated in 1761. In 1880 it had a population of 665.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.8 square miles (75 km2), of which 28.5 sq mi (74 km2) is land and 0.3 sq mi (0.78 km2) is water, comprising 1.01% of the town. The highest point in town is 2,285 feet (696 m) above sea level, just east of the summit of Signal Mountain, a knob along the ridge of Gardner Mountain, which defines the town's western boundary.

The town's initial grant included land along the Connecticut River. In 1854 the portion of Lyman found west of "Gardner's Mountain" was separately incorporated as Monroe.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 487 people, 211 households, and 150 families residing in the town. The population density was 17.1 people per square mile (6.6/km²). There were 280 housing units at an average density of 9.8/sq mi (3.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.36% White, 0.21% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.41% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.21% of the population.

There were 211 households out of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.1% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.64.

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