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West Swanzey, New Hampshire
Baptist Church at the village center
Baptist Church at the village center
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Coordinates: 42°52′11″N 72°19′31″W / 42.86972°N 72.32528°W / 42.86972; -72.32528Coordinates: 42°52′11″N 72°19′31″W / 42.86972°N 72.32528°W / 42.86972; -72.32528
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Cheshire
Town Swanzey
 • Total 2.60 sq mi (6.73 km2)
 • Land 2.58 sq mi (6.68 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
512 ft (156 m)
 • Total 1,281
 • Density 497/sq mi (191.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-83700
GNIS feature ID 0870797

West Swanzey is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Swanzey within Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,281 at the 2020 census. It is the largest village in the town of Swanzey.


West Swanzey is located at 42°52′11″N 72°19′31″W / 42.86972°N 72.32528°W / 42.86972; -72.32528 (42.869829, -72.325301).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), of which 2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2) is land and 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2), or 0.78%, is water.


As of the census of 2010, there were 1,308 people, 581 households, and 340 families residing in the CDP. There were 617 housing units, of which 36, or 5.8%, were vacant. The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.2% white, 0.8% African American, 0.2% Native American, 4.4% Asian, 0.0% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 0.2% some other race, and 1.2% two or more races. 1.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 581 households in the CDP, 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were headed by married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.5% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.2% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25, and the average family size was 2.83.

21.5% of residents in the CDP were under the age of 18, 8.9% were from age 18 to 24, 28.3% were from 25 to 44, 26.6% were from 45 to 64, and 14.6% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

For the period 2011–15, the estimated median annual income for a household was $38,856. Male full-time workers had a median income of 29,524 versus $27,738 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $23,011. 40.2% of the population and 39.1% of families were below the poverty line, along with 83.1% of people under the age of 18 and 13.5% of people 65 or older.

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