Wilmot, New Hampshire

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Wilmot is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,144 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 1,322.[1] Wilmot is home to Winslow State Park and a small part of Gile State Forest.



Incorporated in 1807 from part of New London, the town took its name from Dr. James Wilmot, an English clergyman who had spoken out against England's treatment of the American colonies. Dr. Wilmot was rector at Barton-on-Heath in Warwickshire, England.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.8 square miles (77.2 km2), of which 29.5 sq mi (76.4 km2) is land and 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2), or 0.74%, is water. Wilmot is drained by the Blackwater River and Kimpton Brook.

Mount Kearsarge, elevation 2,931 feet (893 m) above sea level, on the southeastern border, is the highest point in town. Winslow State Park, at the northern foot of the mountain, provides access by two hiking trails to the summit. The state park and the Winslow Trail are named after Captain John Winslow, the commander of the USS Kearsarge, which in June 1864 sank the CSS Alabama in the English Channel in a famous Civil War sea battle.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,144 people, 459 households, and 329 families residing in the town. The population density was 38.7 people per square mile (15.0/km²). There were 530 housing units at an average density of 17.9/sq mi (6.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.25% White, 0.09% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.26% of the population.

There were 459 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.93.

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