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New Hampshire Gazetteer

New Hampshire - Basic Information

Became a State: June 21, 1788 - 9th State
Population: 1,316,470 (2010 Census) - Ranks 42nd
Land Area: 8,952.7 square miles - Ranks 44th
Population Density: 147.0 persons per square mile - Ranks 21st
Housing Units: 614,754 (2010 Census)
Housing Unit Density: 68.7 housing units per square mile
July 1, 2018 Estimates: New Hampshire Data and Demographics
State Capital: Concord
State Website: Official State of New Hampshire Website
New Hampshire State Flag
New Hampshire state flag

New Hampshire History

New Hampshire State Flower
New Hampshire State Flower - Purple Lilac

The area of New Hampshire was part of the original territory of the United States. It was originally included in the Charter of New England in 1620, but a separate grant established New Hampshire in 1629. In 1641, the area reunited with Massachusetts, and separated and reunited several times until it finally became a separate provincial government in 1741.

New Hampshire ratified the U.S. Constitution on June 21, 1788; it was the ninth of the original 13 states to join the Union. The state’s boundary with Canada was not formally established until the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842, when New Hampshire assumed generally the same boundary as the present state.

Census data for New Hampshire are available beginning with the 1790 census.

Explore a New Hampshire Address and get...

Boundary Maps, Demographic Data, School Zones Input an address to see boundary maps and recent demographic data for the neighborhood, city, county, and ZIP Code. You'll also find the school attendance zones for that address. For a rapid response, use this format: 321 Main Street, City, NH 12345.

New Hampshire Geographical Areas

See: Geographic Terms & Concepts

Counties & County Equivalents

Interactive Map of New Hampshire Counties | Static Overview Map of New Hampshire Counties

New Hampshire has 10 counties, all of which are active; however, they only provide a few services.  Each county is governed by a board of commissioners.

County Subdivisions

There are 260 county subdivisions in New Hampshire known as minor civil divisions (MCDs). There are 222 towns with functioning, but not necessarily active governments, each governed by a board of selectmen.  One of the towns, Livermore town in Grafton County, is inactive.  There are six townships in Coos County, which are nonfunctioning nongovernmental subdivisions of the county.  There are also four locations, six purchases, eight grants, and one undefined MCD that is constituted of water area.  In addition, New Hampshire has 13 incorporated places which are independent of their county subdivisions, functioning as county subdivision equivalents.

Places (Incorporated Cities, Towns & Census Designated Places (CDPs))

New Hampshire State Bird
New Hampshire State Bird - Purple Finch

New Hampshire has 96 places; 13 incorporated places and 83 census designated places (CDPs).  The incorporated places in New Hampshire are cities and can only legally exist in a single county.  Incorporated places are independent of county subdivisions.

Alphabetical List of Cities, Towns, CDPs and Other Populated Places
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q, R | S | T | U, V | W, X, Y, Z

New Hampshire Civil Features

New Hampshire Civil Features: Political Subdivisions, Native Areas, Land Grants, etc. - sorted by Census Class Codes.

Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas

There are 1 Metropolitan and 5 Micropolitan Statistical Areas in New Hampshire. NH Metopolitan & Micropolitan Areas

New Hampshire ZIP Code Tabulation Areas

There are 248 ZIP Code tabulation areas (ZCTAs) in New Hampshire. View New Hampshire ZIP Codes and ZIP Code Maps.

School Districts

New Hampshire has 88 elementary school districts, 10 secondary school districts, and 82 unified school districts.  The Dresden unified school district is an interstate school district with schools in both Hanover, New Hampshire and Norwich, Vermont.  The Rivendell unified school district is an interstate school district with schools in Orford, New Hampshire and Fairlee, Vermont. View New Hampshire Public and Private Schools.

Congressional Districts

New Hampshire has 2 congressional districts. An interactive map shows the contact information for each Representative as well as the boundaries for each New Hampshire district. View Map of New Hampshire Congressional Districts.

State Legislative Districts

There are 24 state senate districts and 103 state house districts in New Hampshire.

Other Information Of General Geographic Interest

In New Hampshire, the entities with local government power are towns and cities. A town can become a city by obtaining a charter from the state legislature. Each charter provides for the form of government of each city. Towns and cities differ mainly because cities do not have a “town-meeting” form of government, but there are some towns that do not have meetings and are not “cities.” Changes to town boundaries are rare, but can occur if all towns affected by the changes agree with the decision.

New Hampshire Physical, Cultural and Historic Features

  1. New Hampshire Physical Features such as lakes, islands, streams, valleys, summits, etc.
  2. New Hampshire Cultural Features such as schools, churches, hospitals, parks, dams, reservoirs, etc.
  3. New Hampshire Historical Features and New Hampshire Historic Landmarks

New Hampshire Maps

  • To find a ZIP Code: input the address in the top-left search box of any ZIP Code Map.
  • To find the County: input the address in the top-left search box of the interactive NH map.
  • To find the School Attendance Zone: input the address in the top-left search box of any NH school map

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  5. Research Public Schools & Attendance Zones

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