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Time Zone: Belknap County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Laconia is the Seat for Belknap County.

Belknap County was founded in 1840. Belknap was created by taking area from Merrimack and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Belknap had a population of 61,358 people. This is an increase of 8.94% since the last Census (which gave a population of 56,325 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Belknap represented 4.56% of the total population of New Hampshire, making it the state's 7th most populous county (out of 10 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201060,088+6.68%-2.07% since 2009
200961,358+8.94%+0.13% since 2008
200861,276+8.79%+0.41% since 2007
200056,325The Last Census

More information can be found on the Belknap County Census Page for Belknap County.


Below are some of the communities located in Belknap County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Belknap County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Laconia   17,13216,4114.39% increase  
Gilford   7,4536,8039.55% increase  
Belmont   7,1046,7165.78% increase  
Meredith   6,6325,94311.59% increase  
Alton   5,1174,50213.66% increase  

Websites for Belknap County

Official Website:   www.belknapcounty.org/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census. For more information, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau.

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