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Rumney, New Hampshire
Official seal of Rumney, New Hampshire
Location in Grafton County, New Hampshire
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Grafton
Incorporated 1767
Villages Rumney
Rumney Depot
Stinson Lake
West Rumney
 • Total 42.6 sq mi (110.4 km2)
 • Land 41.7 sq mi (108.0 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2.4 km2)  2.15%
509 ft (155 m)
 • Total 1,498
 • Density 36/sq mi (13.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-65940
GNIS feature ID 0873711

Rumney is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,498 at the 2020 census. The town is located at the southern edge of the White Mountain National Forest.


Rumney was named after Robert Marsham, 2nd Baron Romney (pronounced Rumney). The town was originally granted in 1761 by Governor Benning Wentworth to settlers from Colchester and East Haddam, Connecticut. It was first settled in 1765; however, some grantees failed to comply with the charter, so Rumney was regranted to another group of settlers in 1767.

Farmers found the town's soil fertile. By 1859, when the population was 1,109, other industries included fifteen sawmills, a large tannery, and a ladder factory. The Boston, Concord and Montreal Railroad commenced service to West Rumney in 1850-1851.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.6 square miles (110.3 km2), of which 41.7 square miles (108.0 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) is water, comprising 2.15% of the town. The highest point in Rumney is 2,960 feet (902 m) above sea level on the southern slope of Carr Mountain. The Baker River flows from west to east through the center of the town, roughly paralleled by New Hampshire Route 25.

The town of Rumney contains several smaller villages. Rumney village, the town's central settlement, lies just north of the Baker River. Directly to the south, across the Baker River and adjacent to Route 25, is the village of Rumney Depot. The village of Stinson Lake, comprising development around the lake and at the foot of adjacent Stinson Mountain, is in the northern corner of the town, and West Rumney is located along Route 25 near the town's western border.

Rumney is home to the "Polar Caves", which are well known for their geological views and glowing rock formations. It is located along Route 25 near the town's eastern border.

Rumney Rocks

Rumney Rocks, located between Rumney village and West Rumney, is a rock climbing destination renowned for its sport climbing routes.

The majority of the climbing is found on the numerous small cliff faces on the south face of Rattlesnake Mountain, much of which lies within the White Mountain National Forest. These cliffs are mostly made of schist, with some being granite, and vary from long smooth slabs to wildly overhung roofs and aretes. They range in height, with most falling between 40 feet (12 m) and 90 feet (27 m), but a few reach over 300 feet (91 m).

Most climbs are well bolted, with a few requiring additional protection. The climbs range from 5.0 to 5.15a, with the majority of routes falling between 5.10 and 5.12.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 411
1800 624 51.8%
1810 765 22.6%
1820 864 12.9%
1830 993 14.9%
1840 1,110 11.8%
1850 1,109 −0.1%
1860 1,103 −0.5%
1870 1,165 5.6%
1880 1,056 −9.4%
1890 947 −10.3%
1900 837 −11.6%
1910 850 1.6%
1920 911 7.2%
1930 858 −5.8%
1940 861 0.3%
1950 859 −0.2%
1960 820 −4.5%
1970 870 6.1%
1980 1,212 39.3%
1990 1,446 19.3%
2000 1,480 2.4%
2010 1,480 0.0%
2020 1,498 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,480 people, 569 households, and 393 families residing in the town. The population density was 35.3 people per square mile (13.6/km2). There were 879 housing units at an average density of 21.0 per square mile (8.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.04% White, 0.41% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.61% of the population.

There were 569 households, out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.4% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,125, and the median income for a family was $42,895. Males had a median income of $26,594 versus $21,705 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,169. About 4.9% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

Stereographic cards c. 1880

Notable people

Baker River Historic Marker
New Hampshire historical marker for the Baker River
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