, is a town in Merrimack County
, New Hampshire
, United States
. The population was 2,226 at the 2000 census.
Originally granted as Gorham's-town in 1735, and re-granted as Starkstown in 1748, the town was incorporated in 1765 as Dunbarton. The name came from Dunbartonshire
, hometown to Archibald Stark, a prominent settler.
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the town has a total area of , of which is land and is water, comprising 1.50% of the town. The highest point in Dunbarton is above sea level
near NH Route 13
north of Dunbarton Center. Dunbarton lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed
As of the census
of 2000, there were 2,226 people, 814 households, and 648 families residing in the town. The population density
was 72.1 people per square mile (27.8/km²). There were 858 housing units at an average density of 27.8/sq mi (10.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.43% White
, 0.09% African American
, 0.45% Native American
, 0.45% Asian
, 0.04% from other races
, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.31% of the population.
There were 814 households out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.8% were married couples living together, 3.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.3% were non-families. 14.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the town the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 34.8% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $65,081, and the median income for a family was $67,448. Males had a median income of $46,042 versus $31,641 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,892. About 2.3% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.