Lisbon, New Hampshire

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Lisbon, New Hampshire
Town
Official seal of Lisbon, New Hampshire
Seal
Location in Grafton County, New Hampshire
Location in Grafton County, New Hampshire
Coordinates: 44°12′48″N 71°54′39″W / 44.21333°N 71.91083°W / 44.21333; -71.91083Coordinates: 44°12′48″N 71°54′39″W / 44.21333°N 71.91083°W / 44.21333; -71.91083
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Grafton
Incorporated 1763
Government
 • Board of Selectmen Conrad Farnham, Chair
Stephen Knox
Donald Butson
Area
 • Total 26.6 sq mi (69.0 km2)
 • Land 26.2 sq mi (67.8 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)  1.67%
Elevation 587 ft (179 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,595
 • Density 60/sq mi (23/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 03585
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-42020
GNIS feature ID 0873647
Website www.lisbonnh.org

Lisbon is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,595 at the 2010 census.[1] Lisbon hosts an annual "Lilac Festival" on Memorial Day weekend.

The primary settlement in town, where 980 people resided at the 2010 census,[1] is defined as the Lisbon census-designated place (CDP) and is located along U.S. Route 302 and the Ammonoosuc River in the southwestern corner of the town.

History[edit]

Main Street c. 1910

Lisbon was first granted in 1763 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth as "Concord". In 1764 the town was renamed "Chiswick", after the Duke of Devonshire's castle, while Rumford in central New Hampshire took the name "Concord" in 1765. In 1768, the town was settled and renamed again, this time to "Gunthwaite", after a relation of Colonial Governor John Wentworth. The name "Lisbon" was selected by Governor Levi Woodbury when it was incorporated in 1824. His friend, Colonel William Jarvis, had been consul at Lisbon, Portugal. The town once included land that is now part of Littleton and Sugar Hill.

Charcoal-making was an early industry. Iron, gold and other minerals were mined here. The narrow, steep falls of the Ammonoosuc River provided water power for numerous watermills and factories, and the Parker Young Company was at one time the largest manufacturer of piano sounding boards in the world. Lisbon was the site of the first rope ski tow in New Hampshire.

The Lisbon Area Historical Society promotes the public's interest in and appreciation for the Towns of Lisbon, Landaff and Lyman, and maintains the collection, preservation and cataloging of materials which establish or illustrate the history of the three Towns, their indigenous history and heritage, their exploration, settlement and development, as well as their cultural and artistic heritage.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 26.6 square miles (68.9 km2), of which 26.2 square miles (67.9 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) is water comprising 1.67% of the town.[2] The town center, or census-designated place, has a total area of 3.4 sq mi (8.8 km2), of which 0.60% is water.

The highest point in town is an unnamed hill east of Pearl Lake which reaches 1,620 feet (490 m) above sea level. Babbit Hill has an elevation of 1,092 ft (333 m). The Ammonoosuc and Gale rivers flow through the town.

Demographics[edit]

Lisbon Station in 1912

As of the census of 2000,[3] there were 1,587 people, 629 households, and 427 families residing in the town. The population density was 59.9 people per square mile (23.1/km²). There were 727 housing units at an average density of 10.6 persons/km² (27.4 persons/sq mi). The racial makeup of the town was 98.55% White, 0.00% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. 0.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 629 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 10.0% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 32.1% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.00.

Falls in 1906

In the town the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $37,993, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $27,371 versus $23,274 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,836. 7.5% of the population and 3.9% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 9.3% are under the age of 18 and 9.8% are 65 or older.

Town center[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,070 people, 420 households, and 283 families residing in the Lisbon census-designated place (CDP), the primary settlement area of the town. The population density was 319.8 people per square mile (123.3/km²). There were 469 housing units at an average density of 54.1 persons/km² (140.2 persons/sq mi). The racial makeup of the town was 98.13% White, 0.56% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. 0.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Lisbon Town Hall

There were 420 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 10.5% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 32.4% were non-families. 24.8% 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 3.04.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household is $36,563, and the median income for a family was $39,861. Males had a median income of $25,438 versus $22,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,770. 5.2% of the population and 3.0% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 5.8% are under the age of 18 and 6.1% are 65 or older.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001) - Lisbon town, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau American Factfinder. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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