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Coos County, New Hampshire

Coos County (pronounced "CO-ahss" with two syllables) is a county located in the U.S. State of New Hampshire. As of 2000, the population is 33,111. The county includes all of the northern one-third of the state, with beautiful mountain scenes and famous fall foliage. The county seat is Lancaster. Major industries are forestry and tourism.

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1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 Cities, towns, villages, and unincorporated places*
4 External Link


The county includes the northern portion of the White Mountains, including the Presidential Range, the most prominent of which is Mount Washington, the highest peak in New England. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,743 km² (1,831 mi²). 4,663 km² (1,800 mi²) of it is land and 80 km² (31 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.70% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 33,111 people, 13,961 households, and 9,158 families residing in the county. The population density is 7/km² (18/mi²). There are 19,623 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (11/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 98.05% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. 0.61% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 13,961 households out of which 28.10% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% are married couples living together, 8.80% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.40% are non-families. 28.80% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.10% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.33 and the average family size is 2.82.

In the county the population is spread out with 22.80% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 25.70% from 45 to 64, and 18.50% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42 years. For every 100 females there are 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $33,593, and the median income for a family is $40,654. Males have a median income of $32,152 versus $21,088 for females. The per capita income for the county is $17,218. 10.00% of the population and 6.80% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 10.70% are under the age of 18 and 12.50% are 65 or older.

Cities, towns, villages, and unincorporated places*

* In New Hampshire, locations, grants, townships (which are different from towns), and purchases are unincorporated portions of a county which are not part on any town and have limited self-government (if any, as many are uninhabited). Villages are census divisions of towns or cities, but have no separate corporate existence from the municipality they are located in.

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