Roxbury, New Hampshire

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Roxbury is a town in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 237 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 246.[1]



Much of Roxbury was abandoned in the American Civil War as a very high percentage of its male population was killed in battle. The smallest town in Cheshire County, it was incorporated in 1812 from portions of Nelson, Marlborough, and Keene. Roxbury's granite quarries, among the most extensive in the Granite State at the time, provided the stone for the capitol building of New York in Albany. Otter Brook Lake, constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1956-58 to control flooding in the Ashuelot and Connecticut River valleys, occupies part of the town's western boundary.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 12.2 square miles (31.6 km2), of which 11.9 sq mi (30.8 km2) is land and 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2) is water, comprising 2.38% of the town. The highest point in Roxbury is the summit Bassett Hill, at 1,644 feet (501 m) above sea level.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 237 people, 89 households, and 66 families residing in the town. The population density was 19.9 people per square mile (7.7/km²). There were 90 housing units at an average density of 7.6/sq mi (2.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.73% White, 0.42% Asian, and 0.84% from two or more races.

There were 89 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.4% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

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