Sullivan County
Lempster Mountain Wind Power Project overlooking cemetery in East Lempster, NH
Official seal of Sullivan County
Map of New Hampshire highlighting Sullivan County
Location within the U.S. state of New Hampshire
Map of the United States highlighting New Hampshire
New Hampshire's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 43°20′39″N 72°14′50″W / 43.344208°N 72.24733°W / 43.344208; -72.24733
Country United States
State New Hampshire
Founded1827
Named forJohn Sullivan
SeatNewport
Largest cityClaremont
Area
 • Total552.1 sq mi (1,430 km2)
 • Land537.5 sq mi (1,392 km2)
 • Water14.6 sq mi (38 km2)  2.6%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total43,063
 • Density80.1/sq mi (30.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district2nd
Websitewww.sullivancountynh.gov

Sullivan County is a county in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. As of the 2020 census, the population was 43,063,[1] making it the second-least populous county in New Hampshire. Its county seat is Newport.[2]

Sullivan County is included in the Claremont-Lebanon, NH-VT Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Sullivan County was organized at Newport in 1827 from the northern portion of Cheshire County. It is named for John Sullivan (1740–1795), the Revolutionary War hero and a former governor.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 552 square miles (1,430 km2), of which 537 square miles (1,390 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (2.7%) is water.[3] It is the third-smallest county in New Hampshire by area.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
183019,669
184020,3403.4%
185019,375−4.7%
186019,041−1.7%
187018,058−5.2%
188018,1610.6%
189017,304−4.7%
190018,0094.1%
191019,3377.4%
192020,9228.2%
193024,28616.1%
194025,4424.8%
195026,4413.9%
196028,0676.1%
197030,94910.3%
198036,06316.5%
199038,5927.0%
200040,4584.8%
201043,7428.1%
202043,063−1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790-1960[5] 1900-1990[6]
1990-2000[7] 2010-2018[8]

2000 census

At the 2000 census,[9] there were 40,458 people, 16,530 households and 11,174 families living in the county. The population density was 29/; (75/sq mi). There were 20,158 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (14/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.99% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.9% were of English, 14.7% French, 11.7% French Canadian, 10.7% American, 10.0% Irish, 6.2% German and 5.1% Italian ancestry. 96.1% spoke English and 1.6% French as their first language.

There were 16,530 households, of which 29.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.70% were married couples living together, 8.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.40% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.88.

23.90% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 25.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.50 males.

The median household income was $40,938 and the median family income was $48,516. Males had a median income of $32,185 versus $24,615 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,319. About 5.20% of families and 8.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.50% of those under age 18 and 8.80% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States census, there were 43,742 people, 18,126 households, and 12,025 families living in the county.[10] The population density was 81.4 inhabitants per square mile (31.4/km2). There were 22,341 housing units at an average density of 41.6 per square mile (16.1/km2).[11] The racial makeup of the county was 97.0% white, 0.6% Asian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.1% of the population.[10] In terms of ancestry, 23.9% were English, 16.3% were Irish, 9.2% were German, 7.1% were Italian, 6.0% were French Canadian, 5.2% were Scottish, 5.1% were Polish, and 4.4% were American.[12]

Of the 18,126 households, 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.7% were non-families, and 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.82. The median age was 43.9 years.[10]

The median income for a household in the county was $50,689 and the median income for a family was $61,959. Males had a median income of $44,408 versus $34,233 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,322. About 7.5% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.[13]

Politics and government

United States presidential election results for Sullivan County, New Hampshire[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 11,508 47.08% 12,390 50.69% 546 2.23%
2016 10,796 47.60% 10,210 45.01% 1,677 7.39%
2012 9,269 42.45% 12,166 55.71% 402 1.84%
2008 9,169 40.30% 13,249 58.23% 336 1.48%
2004 10,142 46.51% 11,434 52.44% 228 1.05%
2000 9,304 49.84% 8,224 44.05% 1,140 6.11%
1996 6,824 39.54% 8,380 48.55% 2,056 11.91%
1992 6,318 35.50% 7,921 44.50% 3,560 20.00%
1988 8,836 57.82% 6,378 41.73% 69 0.45%
1984 9,220 64.75% 4,962 34.85% 57 0.40%
1980 7,472 52.85% 4,889 34.58% 1,776 12.56%
1976 6,679 50.57% 6,323 47.88% 205 1.55%
1972 7,901 58.13% 5,554 40.86% 137 1.01%
1968 6,094 49.43% 5,817 47.19% 417 3.38%
1964 3,975 31.15% 8,787 68.85% 0 0.00%
1960 7,105 52.34% 6,469 47.66% 0 0.00%
1956 8,403 66.44% 4,239 33.52% 5 0.04%
1952 8,317 63.68% 4,743 36.32% 0 0.00%
1948 6,003 55.49% 4,696 43.41% 119 1.10%
1944 5,935 49.82% 5,972 50.13% 6 0.05%
1940 5,583 48.74% 5,872 51.26% 0 0.00%
1936 5,347 50.74% 5,113 48.52% 78 0.74%
1932 5,153 53.79% 4,368 45.60% 58 0.61%
1928 5,754 61.57% 3,549 37.97% 43 0.46%
1924 5,187 68.03% 2,268 29.74% 170 2.23%
1920 4,647 64.35% 2,521 34.91% 54 0.75%
1916 2,193 49.33% 2,215 49.82% 38 0.85%
1912 1,677 38.85% 1,523 35.28% 1,117 25.87%
1908 2,758 63.21% 1,469 33.67% 136 3.12%
1904 2,774 64.21% 1,447 33.50% 99 2.29%
1900 2,559 61.43% 1,538 36.92% 69 1.66%
1896 2,750 71.45% 865 22.47% 234 6.08%
1892 2,434 53.84% 2,021 44.70% 66 1.46%
1888 2,588 54.95% 2,040 43.31% 82 1.74%
1884 2,477 53.95% 2,031 44.24% 83 1.81%
1880 2,729 55.46% 2,175 44.20% 17 0.35%
1876 2,568 54.91% 2,106 45.03% 3 0.06%


County Commission

The executive power of Sullivan County's government is held by three county commissioners, each representing one of the three commissioner districts within the county.

District Commissioner Hometown Party
1 Joe Osgood Claremont Republican
2 Ben Nelson Grantham Republican
3 George Hebert Goshen Republican

[15]

In addition to the County Commission, there are five directly elected officials: they include County Attorney, Register of Deeds, County Sheriff, Register of Probate, and County Treasurer.[16]

Office Name
County Attorney Marc Hathaway (R)
Register of Deeds Janet Gibson (R)
County Sheriff John Simonds (R)
Register of Probate Rodd Ward (R)
County Treasurer Michael Sanderson (R)

General court

The general court delegation from Sullivan County is made up of all of the members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from the county. In total there are 13 members from 11 different districts. The party distribution of representatives after the 2020 elections is as follows.[17]

Affiliation Members Voting share
Democratic Party 7 53.9%
Republican Party 6 46.1%
Total 13 100%

Communities

City

Towns

Census-designated places

Other populated places

Geographical features

Lakes

Mountains

County services

The Sullivan County Department of Corrections operates the county prison in the town of Unity.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Sullivan County, New Hampshire". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on December 27, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  6. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  8. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on August 1, 2011. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  11. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  12. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  13. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "General Election Winners - 11/03/2020" (PDF). New Hampshire Secretary of State's Office. November 11, 2020. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 28, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "General Election Winners - 11/03/2020" (PDF). New Hampshire Secretary of State's Office. November 11, 2020. Retrieved December 8, 2020.

Coordinates: 43°22′N 72°13′W / 43.36°N 72.22°W / 43.36; -72.22