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The 2000 Census showed that Cheshire County had a population of 73,825 people. This represented 5.97% of the total population of New Hampshire, making it the state's 6th most populous county (out of 10 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Cheshire had a population of 77,045 people. This is an increase of 4.36% since the 2000 Census.

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
201077,117+4.46%+0.09% since 2009
200977,045+4.36%-0.18% since 2008
200877,182+4.55%-0.34% since 2007
200777,445+4.9%+0.1% since 2006
200677,369+4.8%+0.7% since 2005
200576,830+4.07%+0.37% since 2004
200476,546+3.69%+0.71% since 2003
200376,008+2.96%+1.32% since 2002
200275,016+1.61%+0.85% since 2001
200174,383+0.76%+0.76% since 2000
200073,825The Last Census

Cheshire County had 31,876 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Cheshire County has a total area<3> of 729 square miles [1,888 km²]. Of this total, 707 square miles [1,832 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (2.98%) being water (21.75 square miles [56.3 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Cheshire County had a population density of 104.4 people per square mile [40.29 people/km²], making it the state's 6th most densely populated county (out of 10 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Cheshire County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Cheshire and the state of New Hampshire.

Click here for the Cheshire County QuickFact (QF-33005).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Cheshire County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Cheshire County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Franklin (MA)QF-25011   SW71,77871,5350.34%
Worcester (MA)QF-25027   SE803,701750,9637.02%
HillsboroughQF-33011   E405,906380,8416.58%
SullivanQF-33019   N42,69240,4585.52%
Windham (VT)QF-50025   W43,47144,216-1.68%

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Footnotes ...

<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.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Cheshire. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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