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Wilmot, New Hampshire
Wilmot Baptist Church, in Wilmot Flat
Wilmot Baptist Church, in Wilmot Flat
Official seal of Wilmot, New Hampshire
Location in Merrimack County and the state of New Hampshire.
Location in Merrimack County and the state of New Hampshire.
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Merrimack
Incorporated 1794
 • Total 29.8 sq mi (77.1 km2)
 • Land 29.6 sq mi (76.5 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)  0.74%
Elevation 873 ft (266 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,358
 • Density 45.57/sq mi (17.613/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 03287
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-84900
GNIS feature ID 0873755

Wilmot is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,358 at the 2010 census. Wilmot is home to Winslow State Park and a small part of Gile State Forest. The town includes the villages of Wilmot, Wilmot Flat, and North Wilmot.


Incorporated in 1807 from part of New London, the town took its name from Dr. James Wilmot, an English clergyman who had spoken out against England's treatment of the American colonies. Dr. Wilmot was rector at Barton-on-Heath in Warwickshire, England.


Wilmot is in northwestern Merrimack County, in the Dartmouth–Lake Sunapee Region of New Hampshire. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.8 square miles (77.2 km2), of which 29.5 sq mi (76.4 km2) is land and 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2), or 0.74%, is water. Wilmot is drained by the Blackwater River and Kimpton Brook.

The village of Wilmot is near the center of the town and is along New Hampshire Route 4A. Wilmot Flat is a village in the southern part of the town, served by New Hampshire Route 11. North Wilmot is a rural community centered on the junction of North Wilmot Road and Hobbs Hill Road, north of White Pond.

Mount Kearsarge, elevation 2,931 feet (893 m) above sea level, on the southeastern border, is the highest point in town. Winslow State Park, at the northern foot of the mountain, provides access by two hiking trails to the summit. The state park and the Winslow Trail are named after Captain John Winslow, the commander of the USS Kearsarge, which in June 1864 sank the CSS Alabama in the English Channel in a famous Civil War sea battle.

The town is the home of Camps Kenwood and Evergreen on Eagle Pond.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 298
1820 670 124.8%
1830 834 24.5%
1840 1,212 45.3%
1850 1,272 5.0%
1860 1,195 −6.1%
1870 1,072 −10.3%
1880 1,080 0.7%
1890 840 −22.2%
1900 653 −22.3%
1910 614 −6.0%
1920 536 −12.7%
1930 495 −7.6%
1940 466 −5.9%
1950 370 −20.6%
1960 391 5.7%
1970 516 32.0%
1980 725 40.5%
1990 935 29.0%
2000 1,144 22.4%
2010 1,358 18.7%
Est. 2015 1,374 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
Winslow House, Mount Kearsarge
Winslow House c. 1900

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,144 people, 459 households, and 329 families residing in the town. The population density was 38.7 people per square mile (15.0/km²). There were 530 housing units at an average density of 17.9 per square mile (6.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.25% White, 0.09% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.26% of the population.

There were 459 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.93.

Blackwater River, Wilmot Flat, NH
Blackwater River c. 1910

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $49,605, and the median income for a family was $57,143. Males had a median income of $37,857 versus $30,278 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,629. About 1.8% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over.

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