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Bartlett, New Hampshire
The Bartlett Elementary School and Library
The Bartlett Elementary School and Library
"In the Heart of the White Mountains"
Location in Carroll County, New Hampshire
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Carroll
Incorporated 1790
 • Total 75.3 sq mi (195.0 km2)
 • Land 74.9 sq mi (193.9 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)  0.57%
671 ft (205 m)
 • Total 2,788
 • Density 37.030/sq mi (14.297/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
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 2,788 at the 2010 census. Bartlett includes the unincorporated communities of Glen, Kearsarge and Intervale. It is set in the White Mountains, surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest. It is home to the Attitash ski resort.

The primary settlement in town, where 373 resided at the 2010 census, is defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as the Bartlett census-designated place (CDP) and is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 302 with Bear Notch Road (Albany Avenue).


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.


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.


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:

  • Glen, which is the home to the Story Land amusement park
  • Intervale, a resort community
  • Lower Bartlett, between Glen and Intervale, along the East Branch Saco River

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


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%
Est. 2015 2,760 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
Diana's Baths, Bartlett, NH
Diana's Baths on Lucy Brook

At the 2000 census, there were 2,705 people, 1,206 households and 745 families residing in the town. The population density was 35.9 per square mile (13.9/km²). There were 3,589 housing units at an average density of 47.7 per square mile (18.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.15% White, 0.15% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.63% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.41% of the population.

There were 1,206 households of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.73.

Kearsarge Peg Mill, Bartlett, NH
Kearsarge Peg Mill c. 1910

21.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 30.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.

The median household income was $39,107 and the median family income was $43,203. Males had a median income of $30,387 versus $25,721 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,631. About 6.2% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

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.

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