Belknap County, New Hampshire
Map of New Hampshire highlighting Belknap County
Location in the state of New Hampshire
Map of USA NH
New Hampshire's location in the U.S.
Founded 1840
Seat Laconia
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

469 sq mi (1,215 km²)
401 sq mi (1,039 km²)
67 sq mi (174 km²), 14.35%
 - (2000)
 - Density

80/sq mi (31/km²)

Belknap County is one of ten counties in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. It is located in New Hampshire's Lakes Region, slightly southeast of the state's geographic center. The county seat is Laconia.6 As of 2000, the county's population is 56,325.

History Edit

Belknap County was organized in 1840 by removing parts of northeastern Merrimack County and northwestern Strafford County. It is named for Dr. Jeremy Belknap, a renowned preacher, historian, and author of The History of New Hampshire. The first County Court was held within the town of Meredith, at a village known as Merideth Bridge on the Winnipesaukee River. In 1855, the town of Laconia was separated from Meredith.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,214 km² (469 sq mi). 1,039 km² (401 sq mi) of it is land and 174 km² (67 sq mi) of it (14.35%) is water, most of which is part of Lake Winnipesaukee.

Adjacent CountiesEdit


As of the census² of 2000, there were 56,325 people, 22,459 households, and 15,496 families residing in the county. The population density was 54/km² (140/sq mi). There were 32,121 housing units at an average density of 31/km² (80/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.61% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. 0.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 95.0% spoke English, 2.7% French and 1.2% Spanish as their first language.

There were 22,459 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 3% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.60% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 26.40% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,605, and the median income for a family was $50,510. Males had a median income of $34,741 versus $25,445 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,758. About 4.50% of families and 6.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.60% of those under age 18 and 4.90% of those age 65 or over.

Politics Edit

The Republican party is the majority political party in Belknap County, holding 14 out of the county's 20 seats in the state legislature as of 2007. However, both state senators representing the county are Democratic.[1]

Cities and towns Edit

There are ten towns and one city in Belknap County. The towns are:

The only city is the county seat, Laconia.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ New Hampshire General Court Official Web Site

Coordinates: 43°31′N 71°25′W / 43.52, -71.42

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