Strafford County, New Hampshire

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Strafford County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. As of 2000, the population was 112,233. The 2009 population was estimated to be 124,005.[1] Its county seat is Dover.[2]

Strafford County was one of the five original counties identified for New Hampshire in 1769. It was named for William Wentworth, 2nd Earl of Strafford in the mistaken belief that he was the ancestor of governor John Wentworth. Although they were distantly related, William had no descendants. The county was organized at Dover in 1771. In 1840 the original size of the county was reduced with the creation of Belknap County.

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Geography

Strafford County is the smallest county in area in New Hampshire. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 384 square miles (990 km2), of which 369 sq mi (960 km2) is land and 15 sq mi (39 km2) (3.95%) is water.

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Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 112,233 people, 42,581 households, and 27,762 families residing in the county. The population density was 304 people per square mile (118/km²). There were 45,539 housing units at an average density of 124 per square mile (48/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.29% White, 0.63% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.39% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. 1.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 15.8% were of English, 14.9% Irish, 14.0% French, 10.5% French Canadian, 7.6% American, 6.3% Italian and 6.2% German ancestry according to Census 2000. 93.7% spoke English and 3.2% French as their first language.

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