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Haverhill, New Hampshire
—  Town  —
Court Street

Location in Grafton County, New Hampshire
Coordinates: 44°02′03″N 72°03′50″W / 44.03417°N 72.06389°W / 44.03417; -72.06389
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Grafton
Incorporated 1763
 - Town manager Glenn E. English
 - Board of Selectmen Rick Ladd, Chair
David Joslin
Peter Conrad
Peter Heilemann
Robert Maccini
 - Total 52.4 sq mi (135.8 km2)
 - Land 51.1 sq mi (132.3 km2)
 - Water 1.4 sq mi (3.5 km2)  2.59%
Elevation 640 ft (195 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 4,416
 - Density 86.5/sq mi (33.4/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 03765
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-34820
GNIS feature ID 0873621

Haverhill is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,416 at the 2000 census. Haverhill includes the villages of Woodsville, Pike, North Haverhill and the district of Mountain Lakes. Located here are Bedell Bridge State Park, Black Mountain State Forest, Kinder Memorial Forest, and Oliverian Valley Wildlife Preserve. It is home to the annual North Haverhill Fair, and to a branch of the New Hampshire Community Technical Colleges. The village of North Haverhill is county seat of Grafton County.[1]



Settled by citizens from Haverhill, Massachusetts, the town was first known as Lower Cohos. It was incorporated in 1763 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, and in 1773, became the county seat of Grafton County. Haverhill was the terminus of the old Province Road, which connected the northern and western settlements with the seacoast. By 1859, when the town had 2,405 inhabitants, industries included 3 gristmills, 12 sawmills, a paper mill, a large tannery, a carriage manufacturer, an iron foundry, 7 shoe factories, a printing office, and several mechanic shops.[2] The town is home to the oldest documented covered bridge in the country still standing—the Haverhill-Bath Bridge, built in 1829.

The village of Woodsville, named for John L. Woods of Wells River, Vermont, was once a very important railroad center. Woods operated a sawmill on the Ammonoosuc River, and developed a railroad supply enterprise following the establishment of the Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad. The village of Pike was settled by future employees of the Pike Manufacturing Company, which was once the world's leading manufacturer of whetstones.

Woodsville served as the county seat until 1972, when Grafton County administrative offices moved to rural land halfway between Woodsville and the smaller village of North Haverhill.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 52.4 square miles (136 km2), of which 51.1 sq mi (132 km2) is land and 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2) is water, comprising 2.59% of the town. Bounded on the west by the Connecticut River, Haverhill is drained by the Ammonoosuc River, in addition to Oliverian Brook and Clark Brook. Haverhill lies fully within the Connecticut River watershed.[3]

The highest point in Haverhill, at 2,320 feet (710 m) above sea level, is on the western slope of Black Mountain, whose 2,830 ft (860 m) summit is in the neighboring town of Benton.

The town is crossed by U.S. Route 302, New Hampshire Route 10, New Hampshire Route 25, New Hampshire Route 116, and New Hampshire Route 135.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,416 people, 1,755 households, and 1,147 families residing in the town. The population density was 86.5 people per square mile (33.4/km²). There were 2,148 housing units at an average density of 42.1/sq mi (16.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.23% White, 0.45% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.61% of the population.

There were 1,755 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% 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 2.91.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,853, and the median income for a family was $44,816. Males had a median income of $27,100 versus $23,828 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,465. About 6.4% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

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