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Moultonborough, New Hampshire
Official seal of Moultonborough, New Hampshire
Location in Carroll County, New Hampshire
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Carroll
Incorporated 1777
Villages Moultonborough
Moultonborough Falls
Lees Mill
 • Total 75.1 sq mi (194.5 km2)
 • Land 59.7 sq mi (154.6 km2)
 • Water 15.4 sq mi (39.9 km2)  20.50%
610 ft (186 m)
 • Total 4,918
 • Density 82/sq mi (31.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-49380
GNIS feature ID 0873671

Moultonborough is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,918 at the 2020 census, up from 4,044 at the 2010 census. Moultonborough is bounded in large part by Lake Winnipesaukee in the southwest and to a lesser extent by Squam Lake in the northwest corner. The town includes the census-designated place of Suissevale and the community of Lees Mill.


Moultonborough Corner
Moultonborough Corner in 1910

The first settlers were grantees from Hampton, among whom were at least sixteen Moultons, giving the town its name. Colonel Jonathan Moulton was considered to be one of the richest men in the province at the start of the American Revolution. Moultonborough was chartered in 1763 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, and at the time was described as being near the "Winnepisseoky Pond." It was officially incorporated in 1777.

Moultonborough is home to the "Castle in the Clouds", an estate set in the Ossipee Mountains. Thomas Gustave Plant made a fortune manufacturing shoes, bought 6,300 acres (25 km2) and hired the Boston architectural firm of J. Williams Beal & Sons to design "Lucknow," a stone mansion built between 1913 and 1914. The property, with sweeping views of Lake Winnipesaukee, is a popular tourist attraction.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 74.6 square miles (193 km2), of which 59.5 square miles (154 km2) is land and 15.1 square miles (39 km2) is water, comprising 20.29% of the town. A large portion of the town is located along Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in New Hampshire. Moultonborough Bay, an 8-mile-long (13 km) arm of the lake, extends from the southern corner of the town towards the center of the town. Moultonborough Neck forms a peninsula between Moultonborough Bay and Center Harbor to the southwest. Long Island, the largest island in Lake Winnipesaukee, is connected to Moultonborough Neck by a bridge. The community of Suissevale, a census-designated place, occupies part of the northeast shore of Moultonborough Bay. Inland from Winnipesaukee, Lake Kanasatka is in the west part of the town. Red Hill, elevation 2,029 feet (618 m) above sea level, is in the northwest. Mount Shaw, elevation 2,990 feet (911 m), part of the Ossipee Mountains and the highest point in Moultonborough, is in the east.

The town center of Moultonborough is located 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the head of Moultonborough Bay, at the intersection of New Hampshire Route 25 and Route 109. Route 25 is a major east-west highway in the state connecting Meredith and Plymouth to the west with Ossipee, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine to the east. Route 109, a local road, proceeds southeast towards Wolfeboro and northwest to Center Sandwich.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 565
1800 857 51.7%
1810 994 16.0%
1820 1,279 28.7%
1830 1,422 11.2%
1840 1,752 23.2%
1850 1,748 −0.2%
1860 1,448 −17.2%
1870 1,299 −10.3%
1880 1,254 −3.5%
1890 1,034 −17.5%
1900 901 −12.9%
1910 783 −13.1%
1920 758 −3.2%
1930 709 −6.5%
1940 788 11.1%
1950 880 11.7%
1960 840 −4.5%
1970 1,310 56.0%
1980 2,206 68.4%
1990 2,956 34.0%
2000 4,484 51.7%
2010 4,044 −9.8%
2020 4,918 21.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,484 people, 1,884 households, and 1,377 families residing in the town. The population density was 74.9 people per square mile (28.9/km2). There were 4,523 housing units at an average density of 75.6 per square mile (29.2/km2).

The racial makeup of the town was:

  • 98.48% White
  • 0.13% African American
  • 0.22% Native American
  • 0.56% Asian
  • 0.02% from other races
  • 0.58% from two or more races
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

There were 1,884 households, out of which:

  • 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them
  • 63.7% were married couples living together
  • 6.0% had a female householder “with no husband present”
  • 26.9% were non-families
  • 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals
  • 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.

The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.77.

Age demographics:

  • 21.1% under the age of 18
  • 4.1% from 18 to 24,
  • 22.3% from 25 to 44
  • 32.6% from 45 to 64
  • 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older
  • The median age was 47 years.

For every 100 females, there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $45,050, and the median income for a family was $51,729. Males had a median income of $34,236 versus $25,332 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,733. About 3.2% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.

Sites of interest


The Moultonborough School District serves the town of Moultonborough. The district consists of Moultonborough Academy and Moultonborough Central School. Moultonborough Academy is the middle and high school, educating students in grades seven through twelve. The school is located off Blake Road just south of the village of Moultonborough. The Moultonborough Central School, which is located on NH Route 25 near the academy, serves grades K–6.

Notable people

  • Benning M. Bean (1782–1866), US congressman
  • Jonathan Moulton (1726–1787), Revolutionary War era colonel
  • Thomas Gustave Plant (1859–1941), industrialist
  • Claude Rains (1889–1967), actor; buried at Red Hill Cemetery
  • John M. True (1838–1921), Wisconsin politician
  • John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892), poet (summer resident)

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