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Bartlett is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 2,788 at the 2010 census. Bartlett includes the villages of Glen, Lower Bartlett and Intervale. It is set in the White Mountains, surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest. It is home to the Attitash ski resort.
The primary settlement in town, where 373 resided at the 2010 census, is defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as the Bartlett census-designated place (CDP) and is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 302 with Bear Notch Road (Albany Avenue).
Settled after 1769 and incorporated in 1790, the town is named for Dr. Josiah Bartlett, the first chief executive to bear the name governor, a representative to the Continental Congress, and one of New Hampshire’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence, placing his name directly under that of John Hancock. Dr. Bartlett founded the New Hampshire Medical Society in 1791. Bartlett became a railroad town in 1875 when the Maine Central Railroad’s Mountain Division was built. In 1954, Story Land, a theme park designed for young children, opened in Glen. Attitash ski area opened in the 1960s.
Bartlett’s spectacular views of the White Mountains have long made tourism a principal business. The town has one covered bridge. Attitash ski area claims (as does Bretton Woods Mountain Resort) to be the largest ski area in New Hampshire. Bartlett is also an attraction for railfans. The Conway Scenic Railroad, a heritage railway in nearby North Conway, operates a train to the town daily for sightseeing.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 75.3 square miles (195 km2), of which 74.9 square miles (194 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), or 0.57%, is water. Bartlett is drained by the Saco and Ellis rivers. The highest point in Bartlett is Mount Tremont, elevation 3,371 feet (1,027 m) above sea level. Mount Parker, elevation 3,004 ft (916 m), is in the north, and Bear Mountain, elevation 3,200 ft (980 m), is on the southern boundary. Bartlett lies fully within the Saco River watershed.
At the 2000 census, there were 2,705 people, 1,206 households and 745 families residing in the town. The population density was 35.9 per square mile (13.9/km²). There were 3,589 housing units at an average density of 47.7 per square mile (18.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.15% White, 0.15% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.63% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.41% of the population.
There were 1,206 households of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.73.
21.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 30.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.
The median household income was $39,107 and the median family income was $43,203. Males had a median income of $30,387 versus $25,721 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,631. About 6.2% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.