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Bartlett, New Hampshire
Town
Bartlett Elementary School and Library
Bartlett Elementary School and Library
Motto(s): 
"In the Heart of the White Mountains"
Location in Carroll County, New Hampshire
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Carroll
Incorporated 1790
Villages Bartlett
Glen
Intervale
Lower Bartlett
Area
 • Total 75.2 sq mi (194.8 km2)
 • Land 74.8 sq mi (193.7 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)  0.57%
Elevation
671 ft (205 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,200
 • Density 43/sq mi (16.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP codes
03812 (Bartlett)
03838 (Glen)
03845 (Intervale)
03860 (North Conway)
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-03700
GNIS feature ID 0873539

Bartlett is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 3,200 at the 2020 census, up from 2,788 at the 2010 census. Bartlett includes the unincorporated community of Glen as well as portions of the communities of Kearsarge and Intervale, which the town shares with the neighboring town of Conway. It is set in the White Mountains and is surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest. It is home to the Attitash Mountain Resort and the Story Land theme park.

The main village in town, where 351 people resided at the 2020 census, is defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as the Bartlett census-designated place and is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 302 with Bear Notch Road (Albany Avenue).

History

Howard Hotel, Bartlett, NH
Howard Hotel c. 1920

Settled after 1769 and incorporated in 1790, the town is named for Dr. Josiah Bartlett, the first chief executive to bear the name governor, a representative to the Continental Congress, and one of New Hampshire's three signers of the Declaration of Independence, placing his name directly under that of John Hancock. Dr. Bartlett founded the New Hampshire Medical Society in 1791. Bartlett became a railroad town in 1875 when the Maine Central Railroad's Mountain Division was built. In 1954, Story Land, a theme park designed for young children, opened in Glen. Attitash ski area opened in the 1960s.

The Bartlett Roundhouse in Bartlett village was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in September 2015.

Tourism

Bartlett's views of the White Mountains have long made tourism a principal business. The town has one covered bridge. Attitash ski area is the second largest ski area in New Hampshire. Bartlett also is home to the Bear Notch Ski Touring area affording Nordic ski enthusiasts trails in the upper Saco River Valley. Bartlett is also an attraction for railfans. The Conway Scenic Railroad, a heritage railway in nearby North Conway, operates a train to the town daily for sightseeing in the spring, summer, and fall.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 75.3 square miles (195 km2), of which 74.9 square miles (194 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), or 0.57%, is water. Bartlett is drained by the Saco and Ellis rivers. The highest point in Bartlett is Mount Tremont, elevation 3,371 feet (1,027 m) above sea level. Mount Parker, elevation 3,004 ft (916 m), is in the north, and Bear Mountain, elevation 3,200 ft (980 m), is on the southern boundary. Bartlett lies fully within the Saco River watershed.

In addition to the town center, Bartlett includes the following villages within its limits:

Goodrich Falls on the Ellis River is in the northern part of the town, next to NH 16.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 761
1860 735 −3.4%
1870 629 −14.4%
1880 1,044 66.0%
1890 1,247 19.4%
1900 1,013 −18.8%
1910 1,197 18.2%
1920 1,059 −11.5%
1930 1,119 5.7%
1940 1,154 3.1%
1950 1,074 −6.9%
1960 1,013 −5.7%
1970 1,098 8.4%
1980 1,566 42.6%
1990 2,290 46.2%
2000 2,705 18.1%
2010 2,788 3.1%
2020 3,200 14.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
Diana's Baths, Bartlett, NH
Diana's Baths on Lucy Brook
Kearsarge Peg Mill, Bartlett, NH
Kearsarge Peg Mill c. 1910

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,788 people, 1,307 households, and 762 families residing in the town. There were 4,115 housing units, of which 2,808, or 68.2%, were vacant. 2,691 of the vacant units were for seasonal or recreational use. The racial makeup of the town was 97.7% white, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.0% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 0.0% some other race, and 1.3% from two or more races. 0.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 1,307 households, 21.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were headed by married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.3% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13, and the average family size was 2.66.

In the town, 17.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.2% were from 18 to 24, 20.7% from 25 to 44, 36.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.

For the period 2011-2015, the estimated median annual income for a household was $50,536, and the median income for a family was $80,229. The per capita income for the town was $35,700. 10.0% of the population and 5.0% of families were below the poverty line. 8.2% of the population under the age of 18 and 5.7% of those 65 or older were living in poverty.

Popular culture

The West Wing television series contains a character named Josiah Bartlet, a fictional descendant of the real Josiah Bartlett for whom this town is named.


Transportation

Two New Hampshire State Routes and one U.S. Route cross Bartlett.

  • NH 16, the White Mountain Highway, forms the main north-south route through Bartlett. It enters from the south in concurrency with US 302 in the village of Intervale, then splits to the north on Pinkham Notch Road in the village of Glen, before leaving into the town of Jackson to the north.
  • NH 16A, the Intervale Resort Loop, runs parallel to NH 16 and provides access to the resort areas of Intervale.
  • US 302 enters town from the west at Hart's Location after descending through Crawford Notch. It enters the main village of Bartlett as Main Street. After passing the Attitash Mountain resort, it crosses the Saco River and joins NH 16 at the village of Glen. The two routes continue in concurrency southbound through the village of Intervale and enter Conway at the southern border.
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