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Boscawen, New Hampshire

Boscawen is a town located in Merrimack County, New Hampshire. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 3,672.

Sometime around 1846, the town's postmaster became one of about a dozen in the country to issue provisional postage stamps before the official issue came out in 1847. The stamps were an adaptation of a postmark, simply reading PAID / 5 / CENTS, typeset in blue on a yellowish paper. These are extremely rare; as of 2003, the estimated price at auction is around US$225,000.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 65.8 km² (25.4 mi²). 64.1 km² (24.7 mi²) of it is land and 1.8 km² (0.7 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.68% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 3,672 people, 1,260 households, and 913 families residing in the town. The population density is 57.3/km² (148.5/mi²). There are 1,295 housing units at an average density of 20.2/km² (52.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 97.74% White, 0.57% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 0.82% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,260 households out of which 35.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% are married couples living together, 12.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% are non-families. 21.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.57 and the average family size is 2.97.

In the town the population is spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $42,524, and the median income for a family is $45,850. Males have a median income of $31,350 versus $23,375 for females. The per capita income for the town is $18,732. 7.5% of the population and 5.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 9.8% are under the age of 18 and 10.7% are 65 or older.