Belmont, New Hampshire

Belmont is a town in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 7,356 at the 2010 census.[1]

The primary settlement in town, where 1,301 people resided at the 2010 census, is defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as the Belmont census-designated place (CDP) and includes the densely populated portion of the town near the intersection of New Hampshire Route 106 and New Hampshire Route 140.

Belmont, New Hampshire
Location in Belknap County, New Hampshire
Coordinates: 43°26′34″N 71°28′57″W / 43.44278°N 71.48250°WCoordinates: 43°26′34″N 71°28′57″W / 43.44278°N 71.48250°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
 • Board of SelectmenRuth Mooney, Chair
Jon Pike
Claude Patten, Jr.
 • Town AdministratorK. Jeanne Beaudin
 • Total32.3 sq mi (83.7 km2)
 • Land30.5 sq mi (78.9 km2)
 • Water1.9 sq mi (4.8 km2)  5.76%
528 ft (161 m)
 • Total7,356
 • Density241/sq mi (93.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-04740
GNIS feature ID0873542


Main Street Looking South, Belmont, NH
Main Street in 1908

Originally known as "Upper Gilmanton", Belmont was chartered in 1727 as a parish of Gilmanton. With water power from the Tioga River, it developed as a mill town.[2] Built in 1833, the Gilmanton Village Manufacturing Co. made cotton and woolen textiles. Over the years it would change owners, names and products. In 1921, it was the Belmont Hosiery Co., a maker of silk, lisle and woolen stockings. It went out of business in 1955, and the renovated mill building is now a community center.[2]

Separated from Gilmanton by an act of legislature, the town was incorporated on 28 June 1859 as Upper Gilmanton.[3] The name Belmont was adopted in 1869 to honor August Belmont, a wealthy financier who (it was hoped) would contribute to the nascent town, but he never acknowledged the act.[4]

In 1874, the Boston, Concord and Montreal Railroad passed through the northwestern section of Belmont, and service by the Franklin and Rochester Railroad was being planned.[3]

The 1996-1998 adaptive reuse Belmont Mill project, federally funded through Community Development Block Grants, a major private donation and taxpayer support, has been distinguished by regional, statewide and national awards for architectural and preservation excellence. The Belmont Mill story is featured on a NH Historical Highway Marker on nearby State Route 140, and was cited in 2012 by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance as one of the 25 milestone efforts of a quarter century. The mill was added to the New Hampshire Register of Historic Places in 2014, joining the 1792 Province Road Meeting House on State Route 107, listed since 2003. Other significant historic structures in the town include the Belmont Public Library, included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, and the Bandstand, cited for outstanding restoration and rehabilitation in 2015 with the Elizabeth Durfee Hengen Award from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.3 square miles (83.7 km2), of which 30.5 square miles (78.9 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.8 km2) is water, comprising 5.76% of the town.[5] The highest point in Belmont is Cotton Hill, a 1,360-foot (410 m) summit near the town's northern border. Drained by the Tioga River, Belmont lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.[6]

New Hampshire Route 106 passes through the town center, connecting Laconia to the north with Loudon and Concord to the south. New Hampshire Route 140 crosses NH 106 at the town center, leading to Gilmanton and Alton to the east and Tilton to the west. U.S. Route 3 and New Hampshire Route 11, forming a concurrency, pass through the northwest corner of the town along the shore of Winnisquam Lake, leading north to Laconia and southwest to Tilton and Franklin. New Hampshire Route 107 crosses the northeastern corner of the town, connecting Gilmanton to the south with Laconia to the north.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20177,283[7]−1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,356 people, 2,941 households, and 2,069 families residing in the town. There were 3,615 housing units, of which 674, or 18.6%, were vacant. 495 of the vacant units were for seasonal use. The racial makeup of the town was 97.0% white, 0.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.04% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 0.3% some other race, and 1.4% from two or more races. 1.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[9]

Of the 2,941 households, 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were headed by married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.6% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50, and the average family size was 2.87.[9]

In the town, 21.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.6% were from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 32.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.[9]

For the period 2011-2015, the estimated median annual income for a household was $65,150, and the median income for a family was $72,539. Male full-time workers had a median income of $45,625 versus $38,147 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,113. 7.9% of the population and 4.7% of families were below the poverty line. 10.5% of the population under the age of 18 and 5.4% of those 65 or older were living in poverty.[10]


In the New Hampshire Senate, Belmont is in the 7th District, represented by Republican Harold French. In the New Hampshire House of Reprentatives, District 6, Belmont is represented by Republicans Michael J. Sylvia and John R. Plumer. On the New Hampshire Executive Council, Belmont is in the 2nd District, represented by Democrat Andru Volinsky. In the United States House of Representatives, Belmont is in New Hampshire's 1st congressional district, represented by Democrat Chris Pappas.

Notable people


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ a b History of the Belmont Mill (1833–2007)
  3. ^ a b Article in Statistics and Gazetteer of New-Hampshire (1875)
  4. ^ New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  5. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001) - Belmont town, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau American Factfinder. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 (PEPANNRES): Minor Civil Divisions – New Hampshire". Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (DP-1): Belmont town, Belknap County, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (DP03): Belmont town, Belknap County, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 25, 2017.

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August Belmont

August Belmont Sr., original name August Schönberg, (December 8, 1813 – November 24, 1890) was a German Jewish-American politician, financier, foreign diplomat, and party chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 1860s, and later a horse-breeder and racehorse owner. He was the founder and namesake of the Belmont Stakes, third leg of the Triple Crown series of American thoroughbred horse racing.

Belmont (CDP), New Hampshire

Belmont is a census-designated place (CDP) and the main village in the town of Belmont in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,301 at the 2010 census, out of 7,356 people in the entire town of Belmont.

Belmont High School (New Hampshire)

Belmont High School is a small public high school of 487 students in Belmont, New Hampshire, United States. Along with the town of Canterbury, Belmont is part of the Shaker Regional School District.

They use a Native American for their team mascot, named the "Red Raider," using the colors red and white.

Belmont Public Library (New Hampshire)

The Belmont Library is the public library of Belmont, New Hampshire. It is located at 146 Main Street, in an architecturally distinguished single-story brick Colonial Revival structure designed by Wells & Hudson and built in 1927-28.

Bernard L. Boutin

Bernard L. Boutin (July 2, 1923 – August 24, 2011) was an American politician who served as Administrator of the General Services Administration from 1961 to 1964 and as Administrator of the Small Business Administration from 1966 to 1967.He died on August 24, 2011, in Laconia, New Hampshire at age 88.

Daniel Doan

Daniel Doan (February 23, 1914 – September 24, 1993) is best known for his classic hiking books, 50 Hikes in the White Mountains and 50 More Hikes in New Hampshire. He is also the author of two novels, The Crystal Years and Amos Jackman, and a memoir, Our Last Backpack.

His North Country history, Indian Stream Republic: Settling a New England Frontier, 1785–1842, grew out of his explorations in the Pittsburg area. Reviewing the book in the December 1997 issue of Appalachia, Gene Daniell wrote that it

"gives an excellent account of the history of the Indian Stream Republic, and it also provides an evocative picture of the life of the settlements, a life hard but curiously satisfying to those who had the will and the luck to make good. The reader will gain a great deal of insight into the lives of the people who settled the frontier regions of New England, most of whom are memorialized only by a weathered stone in a cemetery near a church or along a back road. In a real sense, this book is their living memorial."

Doan was born in Summit, New Jersey, the son of Frank Carleton Doan, a Unitarian minister. The family's summer home was in Orford, New Hampshire, where Doan's grandmother had been born. This area had a great influence on him, nurturing his love of the woods and mountains, hiking, and fishing. After his father's death in Winchester, Massachusetts, when Doan was fifteen, he moved with his mother to Hanover, New Hampshire, and lived in New Hampshire for the rest of his life.

Doan graduated from the Clark Preparatory School in Hanover in 1932 and Dartmouth College in 1936. Doan then went into farming with his wife, Ernestine Crone, in Orford and subsequently in Belmont. He also wrote short stories and articles. In 1939 his daughter Ruth was born, and in 1941 his daughter Penelope. The family moved to Laconia, New Hampshire, where Dan worked for a manufacturing company and continued writing, hiking, and fishing.

After Ernestine's death in 1982, he married Marjorie Marran and they moved to Jefferson, New Hampshire.

In July 1993, the Dartmouth Outing Club named a Smarts Mountain trail in Orford the Daniel Doan Trail, "in recognition of Daniel Doan's efforts to stimulate interest and involvement in hiking and the out-of-doors". Doan died on September 24 of that year in Lancaster, New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Writers' Project honored him posthumously with its 1994 Lifetime Achievement Award. His papers are archived at Dartmouth College, and daughter Ruth has continued to compile later editions of the hiking guidebooks under the original titles.

Doan's papers are held at Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College.

Edwin F. Leonard

Edwin F. Leonard (July 15, 1862 – November 1931) was an American druggist and politician who served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and as the 37th Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts.

John Ruiz

John Ruiz (born January 4, 1972) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1992 to 2010. He held the WBA heavyweight title twice between 2001 and 2005, and is the first Latino boxer to win a world heavyweight title.

Joseph Boatner

Joseph Boatner (September 27, 1918 — May 8, 1989) was an American singer who gained some recognition in the 1950s-1960s for his forming a vocal group calling themselves "The Ink Spots". None of the members in the group ever sang with The Ink Spots however his group recorded a few records and had a cameo role in the 1965 "All Men Are Apes". Boatner led various groups using the "Ink Spots" name until the 1980s.

Boatner died on May 8, 1989 at the age of 70 at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, New Hampshire.

List of New Hampshire historical markers (226–250)

This is part of the list of New Hampshire historical markers. Though there are only 244 markers, the name of this article anticipates future markers.

The text of the markers is reproduced below.

List of New Hampshire locations by per capita income

In 2015 New Hampshire ranked fifth in terms of per capita income in the United States of America, at $34,362 as of the 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-year estimate.

New Hampshire communities by household income

The 234 incorporated cities and towns, and one inhabited township, in New Hampshire ranked by median household income, from 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-year data (using 2017 dollars).

Oldcastle Materials

Oldcastle Materials Inc. is a leading supplier of asphalt, concrete, and other building materials, and also offers construction and paving services. The Atlanta-based company is a subsidiary of CRH plc, a publicly traded international group of diversified building materials businesses, and has approximately 18,000 employees at 1,200 locations, as of March 2018.

Richard Paul Pavlick

Richard Paul Pavlick (February 13, 1887 – November 11, 1975) was a retired postal worker from New Hampshire who stalked U.S. president-elect John F. Kennedy, with the intent of assassinating him. On December 11, 1960, in Palm Beach, Florida, Pavlick positioned himself to carry out the assassination by blowing up Kennedy and himself with dynamite, but delayed the attempt because Kennedy was with his family.

He was arrested before he was able to stage another attempt.

Tioga River (New Hampshire)

The Tioga River is a 12.8-mile-long (20.6 km) river located in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire in the United States. It is a tributary of the Winnipesaukee River, part of the Merrimack River watershed.

The Tioga River rises on the western slopes of the Belknap Mountains in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. Flowing west, the river quickly enters the town of Belmont, where it spends most of its existence. The river passes through Badger Pond shortly before reaching the village proper of Belmont, which was sited along the Tioga River in the 19th century for its waterpower. The river continues west, reaching a broad wetland along the Belmont-Northfield town line, and ends at the Winnipesaukee River near the outlet of Silver Lake.

New Hampshire Route 140 follows the general course of the river from Belmont village to the Winnipesaukee.

U.S. Route 3

U.S. Route 3 (US 3) is a United States highway running 277.9 miles (447.2 km) from Cambridge, Massachusetts, through New Hampshire, to the Canada–US border near Third Connecticut Lake, where it connects to Quebec Route 257.

Massachusetts Route 3 connects to the southern terminus of US 3 in Cambridge and continues south to Cape Cod. Though it shares a number, it has never been part of US 3. Both routes, which connect end-to-end, are treated as a single 91.3-mile (146.9 km) state highway by MassDOT. From Cambridge to Burlington, U.S. 3 is routed on surface streets through the dense suburbs in the Greater Boston area. After a brief concurrency with the Massachusetts Route 128 freeway, the route follows its own freeway northwest, bypassing Lowell and entering New Hampshire at Nashua.

In New Hampshire, current and former parts of US 3 are known as the Daniel Webster Highway. From Burlington, Massachusetts, to Nashua, New Hampshire, US 3 is a freeway. The segment in New Hampshire is a free portion of the Everett Turnpike, while the portion in Massachusetts is known as the Northwest Expressway. There are two super two freeway portions in northern New Hampshire, one on the Laconia Bypass, and one where US 3 and Interstate 93 use the Franconia Notch Parkway. Elsewhere the route is generally two to four lanes of undivided road with at-grade junctions.


WNHW (93.3 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a country music format. Licensed to Belmont, New Hampshire, United States, the station serves the Concord (Lakes Region) area. The station is owned by Binnie Media and licensed to WBIN Media Co. Inc.

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