Bow, New Hampshire

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Bow is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 7,138 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 7,780.[1]



Incorporated in 1727, the town was one of several formed to ease population pressures on the Seacoast. The town's name comes from its establishment along an arch, or "bow", in the Merrimack River. The first census, taken in 1790, reported 568 residents.

Notable inhabitants


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.5 square miles (74 km2), of which 28.1 sq mi (73 km2) is land and 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2) is water, comprising 1.40% of the town. The highest point in Bow is Picked Hill, at 915 feet (279 m) above sea level, in the southern part of town. Nearby Wood Hill and Brown Hill also top 900 feet (270 m). Bow lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,138 people, 2,304 households, and 2,045 families residing in the town. The population density was 254.3 people per square mile (98.2/km²). There were 2,330 housing units at an average density of 83.0/sq mi (32.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.79% White, 0.13% African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.04% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population.

There were 2,304 households out of which 49.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 81.0% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.2% were non-families. 8.6% 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 3.10 and the average family size was 3.28.

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