Grafton County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. As of the 2000 census, the population was 81,743. Its county seat is North Haverhill, which is a village within the town of Haverhill. Until 1972, the county courthouse and other offices were located in downtown Woodsville, a larger village within the town of Haverhill. Grafton County is part of the Lebanon, NH–VT Micropolitan Statistical Area.
The county is the home of Dartmouth College and Plymouth State University. Progressive Farmer rated Grafton County fourth in its list of the "Best Places to Live in Rural America" in 2006, citing low unemployment (despite slow economic growth), a favorable cost of living, and the presence of White Mountain National Forest, the state's only national forest.
Grafton County is heavily rural. About half of its total area is in the White Mountain National Forest. Squam Lake, featured in the film On Golden Pond, and the Old Man of the Mountain landmark are located here, as are Dartmouth College and the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Many of the 4,000-foot mountains of New Hampshire are within the county. The Appalachian Trail passes through parts of at least ten towns in the county.
The executive power of Grafton County's government is held by three county commissioners, each representing one of the three commissioner districts within the county.
|District 1||Michael J. Cryans||Hanover, NH||Democrat|
|District 2||Raymond S. Burton||Bath, NH||Republican|
|District 3||Martha Richards||Plymouth, NH||Democrat|
|Affiliation||Members||Voting Share||Democratic Party||19||73%||Republican Party||7||27%|
|District 01||Lyle E. Bulis||Republican||Littleton, NH|
|District 01||Stephanie Eaton||Republican||Littleton, NH|
|District 02||Martha McLeod||Democrat||Franconia, NH|
|District 03||Edmond Gionet||Republican||Lincoln, NH|
|District 03||Gregory Sorg||Republican||Easton, NH|
|District 04||Robert Matheson||Democrat||Woodstock, NH|
|District 05||Vernon Dingman||Republican||Haverhill, NH|
|District 05||Paul Ingbretson||Republican||Pike, NH|
|District 06||James Aguiar||Democrat||Campton, NH|
|District 06||Carol Friedrich||Democrat||Wentworth, NH|
|District 07||Mary Cooney||Democrat||Plymouth, NH|
|District 07||Carol Estes||Democrat||Plymouth, NH|
|District 08||Sidney Lovett||Democrat||Holderness, NH|
|District 08||Philip Preston||Democrat||Ashland, NH|
|District 08||Burton Williams||Republican||Bristol, NH|
|District 09||Bernard Benn||Democrat||Hanover, NH|
|District 09||Ruth Bleyler||Democrat||Lyme, NH|
|District 09||Sharon Nordgren||Democrat||Hanover, NH|
|District 09||David Pierce||Democrat||Etna, NH|
|District 10||Suzanne Laliberte||Democrat||Enfield, NH|
|District 10||Catherine Mulholland||Democrat||Grafton, NH|
|District 10||Peter Solomon||Democrat||Canaan, NH|
|District 11||Susan Almy||Democrat||Lebanon, NH|
|District 11||Gene Anderson||Democrat||Lebanon, NH|
|District 11||Lee Hammond||Democrat||Lebanon, NH|
|District 11||A. Laurie Harding||Democrat||Lebanon, NH|
There were 31,598 households out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.40% were married couples living together, 8.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.90% were non-families. 27.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.90.
In the county the population was spread out with 21.90% under the age of 18, 13.50% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $41,962, and the median income for a family was $50,424. Males had a median income of $31,874 versus $25,286 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,227. About 5.10% of families and 8.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.60% of those under age 18 and 7.50% of those age 65 or over.
(Compiled from Radiostationworld.com)