Bow, New Hampshire
|Bow, New Hampshire|
|— Town —|
|Merrimack County, New Hampshire|
|• Board of Selectmen||Colleen S. Hunter, Chair
Harold T. Judd
Thomas E. Keane
Eric E. Anderson
|• Total||28.5 sq mi (73.7 km2)|
|• Land||28.1 sq mi (72.7 km2)|
|• Water||0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2) 1.40%|
|Elevation||597 ft (182 m)|
|• Density||260/sq mi ( 100/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0873548|
|This section does not cite any references or sources. (April 2012)|
Incorporated in 1727, the town was one of several formed to ease population pressures on the Seacoast. The town's name comes from its establishment along a bend, or "bow", in the Merrimack River. The first census, taken in 1790, reported 568 residents.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.5 square miles (74 km2), of which 28.1 sq mi (73 km2) is land and 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2) is water, comprising 1.40% of the town. The highest point in Bow is Picked Hill, at 915 feet (279 m) above sea level, in the southern part of town. Nearby Wood Hill and Brown Hill also top 900 feet (270 m). Bow lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,138 people, 2,304 households, and 2,045 families residing in the town. The population density was 254.3 people per square mile (98.2/km²). There were 2,330 housing units at an average density of 83.0 per square mile (32.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.79% White, 0.13% African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.04% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population.
There were 2,304 households out of which 49.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 81.0% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.2% were non-families. 8.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.10 and the average family size was 3.28.
In the town the population was spread out with 32.6% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $79,329, and the median income for a family was $83,567. Males had a median income of $60,375 versus $30,929 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,557. About 2.0% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.
In 1997 Bow built its first high school, Bow High School, along Turee Pond. Bow Memorial School (the middle school) and Bow Elementary School are located on Bow Center Road, less than a mile from the high school. The current principals of these schools: Bow High School: John House-Myers Bow Memorial School: Adam Osburn Bow Elementary School: Deborah Winings
Notable people 
- Mary Baker Eddy (1821–1910), founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist; born in Bow
- Dick Swett (b. 1957), former US congressman
- United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
- Foster, Debra H.; Batorfalvy, Tatianna N.; and Medalie, Laura (1995). Water Use in New Hampshire: An Activities Guide for Teachers. U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Geological Survey.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.