Goshen, New Hampshire

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Goshen, New Hampshire
Town Hall
Town Hall
Location in Sullivan County and the state of New Hampshire
Location in Sullivan County and the state of New Hampshire
Coordinates: 43°18′04″N 72°08′52″W / 43.30111°N 72.14778°W / 43.30111; -72.14778Coordinates: 43°18′04″N 72°08′52″W / 43.30111°N 72.14778°W / 43.30111; -72.14778
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
Goshen Four Corners
 • Board of SelectmenDiane Craig
Bruce Nadeau
Steve Smith
 • Total22.6 sq mi (58.5 km2)
 • Land22.5 sq mi (58.2 km2)
 • Water0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)  0.40%
971 ft (296 m)
 • Total810
 • Density36/sq mi (14/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-30500
GNIS feature ID0873608

Goshen is a town in Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 810 at the 2010 census.[1]


Incorporated in 1791, Goshen was first settled in 1768 as a part of Saville (now Sunapee). The name Goshen may have been taken from Goshen, Connecticut, where many residents had relatives.[citation needed]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 22.6 square miles (59 km2), of which 22.5 sq mi (58 km2) is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.26 km2) is water, comprising 0.40% of the town. The long ridge of Mount Sunapee occupies the eastern edge of town. The highest point in Goshen is an unnamed knob on the ridge (near Goves Mountain) where the elevation reaches 2,529 feet (771 m) above sea level. Goshen lies almost fully within the Connecticut River watershed, though a small corner in the southeast of town is in the Merrimack River watershed.[2]

Adjacent municipalities[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2017 (est.)807[3]−0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 741 people, 279 households, and 219 families residing in the town. The population density was 32.9 people per square mile (12.7/km2). There were 389 housing units at an average density of 17.3 per square mile (6.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.03% White, 1.62% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.40% of the population.

There were 279 households, out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.5% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.5% were non-families. 17.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.2% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $42,625, and the median income for a family was $45,208. Males had a median income of $33,333 versus $22,727 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,561. About 6.9% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 21.5% of those age 65 or over.


Fire station in Goshen

Goshen and the neighboring town of Lempster maintained a combined elementary and middle school, called Goshen-Lempster Cooperative School, located in Lempster. The school served kindergarten through 8th grade. The cooperative was dissolved in June 2016. The majority of Goshen elementary and middle-school aged children now attend Newport, NH schools; the Newport school system now acts as the anchor system for Goshen students.

After 8th grade, students are given the choice to attend several neighboring high schools, including Newport High School, Sunapee Middle-High School, and Kearsarge Regional High School.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, U.S. Census website, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ Foster, Debra H.; Batorfalvy, Tatianna N.; Medalie, Laura (1995). Water Use in New Hampshire: An Activities Guide for Teachers. U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 (PEPANNRES): Minor Civil Divisions – New Hampshire". Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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