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Carroll County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. According to the 2010 National Census, the population was 47,818. Its county seat is Ossipee.

Carroll County was founded in 1840 and organized at Ossipee from towns removed from Strafford County. It was named in honor of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, who had died in 1832 and was the last surviving signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 992 square miles (2,570 km2). 934 sq mi (2,420 km2) is land and 58 sq mi (150 km2) (5.89%) is water. Northern Carroll County is known for being mountainous. Several ski areas, including Cranmore Mountain, Attitash, King Pine, and Black Mountain, are located here.

National protected area

  • White Mountain National Forest

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 43,666 people, 18,351 households, and 12,313 families residing in the county. The population density was 47/sq mi. There were 34,750 housing units at an average density of 37/sq mi. The racial makeup of the county was 98.22% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 0.48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.5% were of English, 15.6% Irish, 10.5% American, 9.7% French, 6.7% German, 5.8% Italian and 5.2% Scottish ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.5% spoke English and 1.6% French as their first language.

There were 18,351 households out of which 27.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.30% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 5.30% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 27.70% from 45 to 64, and 17.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,990, and the median income for a family was $46,922. Males had a median income of $31,811 versus $23,922 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,931. About 5.50% of families and 7.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.00% of those under age 18 and 6.70% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

The county is historically Republican, but in 2008 Barack Obama received 52.39% of the county’s vote. This made him the first Democratic presidential nominee to win the county since 1912 and the first Democratic presidential nominee to win an absolute majority in the county since 1888.

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