Sanbornton, New Hampshire

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Sanbornton is a town in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 2,581 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 2,905.[1] It includes the villages of North Sanbornton and Gaza.



Located in the fork of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee rivers, the town was first called Crotchtown. It was granted by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth in 1748 to his friend John Sanborn of Hampton, along with 59 others from Hampton, Exeter and Stratham. Twelve of the grantees were named Sanborn, therefore the community was named Sanborntown. [2] Among the other settlers were members of the Leavitt family, related to the Sanborns.[3] But ongoing hostilities during the French and Indian War delayed permanent settlement until 1764. It would be incorporated by Governor John Wentworth in 1770. The town originally included Sanbornton Bridge, or Bridge Village, set off in 1869 as Tilton.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 49.8 square miles (129 km2), of which 47.5 sq mi (123 km2) is land and 2.2 sq mi (5.7 km2) is water, comprising 4.46% of the town. Bounded on the west by the Pemigewasset River and on the east by Winnisquam Lake, Sanbornton is largely drained by Salmon Brook, a tributary of the Pemigewasset. The highest point in town is the summit of Hersey Mountain, elevation 2,001 feet (610 m) above sea level, along the town's northwestern border.

The town is served by Interstate 93, U.S. Route 3 and New Hampshire Route 132.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,581 people, 969 households, and 749 families residing in the town. The population density was 54.3 people per square mile (21.0/km²). There were 1,359 housing units at an average density of 28.6/sq mi (11.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.14% White, 0.15% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.

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