Cheshire County, New Hampshire facts for kids
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Cheshire County Courthouse in Keene
Location within the U.S. state of New Hampshire
New Hampshire's location within the U.S.
|• Total||728.9 sq mi (1,888 km2)|
|• Land||706.7 sq mi (1,830 km2)|
|• Water||22.2 sq mi (57 km2) 3.1%|
|• Density||108.2/sq mi (41.8/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Cheshire County is a county in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. As of the 2020 census, the population was 76,458. Its county seat is the city of Keene. Cheshire was one of the five original counties of New Hampshire, and is named for the county of Cheshire in England. It was organized in 1771 at Keene. Sullivan County was created from the northern portion of Cheshire County in 1827.
Cheshire County comprises the Keene, NH Micropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 729 square miles (1,890 km2), of which 707 square miles (1,830 km2) is land and 22 square miles (57 km2) (3.1%) is water. The highest point in Cheshire county is Mount Monadnock, in the northwestern part of Jaffrey, at 3,165 feet (965 m).
- Sullivan County (north)
- Hillsborough County (east)
- Worcester County, Massachusetts (southeast)
- Franklin County, Massachusetts (southwest)
- Windham County, Vermont (west)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 United States census, there were 77,117 people, 30,204 households, and 19,284 families living in the county. The population density was 109.1 inhabitants per square mile (42.1/km2). There were 34,773 housing units at an average density of 49.2 per square mile (19.0/km2). The county's racial makeup was 96.3% white, 1.2% Asian, 0.5% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 20.7% were English, 19.1% were Irish, 12.0% were German, 8.8% were French Canadian, 8.7% were Italian, 5.0% were Scottish, and 4.7% were American.
Of the 30,204 households, 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.2% were non-families, and 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.88. The median age was 40.7 years.
The county's median household income was $53,828 and the median family income was $65,936. Males had a median income of $46,014 versus $35,864 for females. The county's per capita income was $27,045. About 6.0% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.
- Keene (county seat)