Hart's Location is a
town in Carroll
Hampshire, United States.
The town is one of the first places to
declare its results for the New Hampshire Presidential
The population was 37 at the 2000 census. It was a location until
its incorporation in 2001. Hart's Location receives services from the
nearby town of Bartlett, but otherwise has its own government, selectmen, and post office.
Location takes its name from Colonel John Hart of Portsmouth, New
1772 it was regranted to Thomas Chadbourne, also of
In 1826, a rock slide known as Willey's Slide killed Samuel Willey
and his family. They had fled their home and taken refuge in a
prepared shelter; the shelter was destroyed while the house they
fled was unscathed. Their story formed the basis for the story
"The Ambitious Guest
Mount Willey is named in their memory.
Abel Crawford, for whom Crawford Notch is named, is buried in Hart's
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the town
has a total
area of , all of it land.
of Hart's Location is strikingly unusual: about long and wide, with
crooked boundaries that echo the paths of the upper Saco River and U.S.
(near the centerline of the
town), pinched from both sides between steep mountains and in some
areas sheer cliffs above. This anomaly is heightened on maps that show
county lines: Coos County lies immediately to the east and Grafton
County to the west, but Hart's Location is part of
County, though barely connected to it.
Carroll County suggests the outline of a teapot, with Hart's
Location functioning as the teapot's narrow, crooked spout.
highest point in Hart's Location is above sea
level along the town's western boundary, beneath the summit of
Willey. Arethusa Falls,
New Hampshire's highest waterfall, located in the neighboring
township of Livermore, is a popular hiking destination with access from
Route 302 in Hart's Location. The town lies fully
within the Saco
As of the census
of 2000, there were 37
people, 15 households, and 10 families residing in the location.
The population density
people per square mile (0.8/km²). There were 50 housing units at an
average density of 2.7/sq mi (1.0/km²). The racial makeup of
the location was 97.30% (36 people) White
, with 2.70% (one person) citing
themselves as from two or more races.
There were 15 households out of which 33.3% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married
living together, and 33.3% were non-families. 26.7% of
all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone
living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the location the population was spread out with 24.3% under the
age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 35.1% from 25 to 44, 8.1% from 45 to
64, and 27.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.
The median income for a household in the location was $41,250, and
the median income for a family was $70,833. Males had a median
income of $26,250 versus $28,750 for females. The per capita income
for the town was
$19,609. None of the population and none of the families were below
the poverty line
New Hampshire law allows towns with fewer than 100 residents to
open the polls at midnight and close them as soon as all registered
voters have cast their ballots. Hart's Location is, along with Dixville
Notch, one of two New Hampshire communities where the
first votes are cast in the Democratic and Republican New Hampshire
primaries, the first presidential primaries in the
States during each presidential election year.
Hart's Location midnight voting tradition, which began in 1948,
actually predates the more widely-known Dixville Notch practice;
however, Dixville Notch generally receives greater publicity
because Hart's Location discontinued the practice in 1964, only to
reinstate it in 1996.
The community's voting tradition received a nod in the 2002 third
season episode of US television program The West Wing
, in an episode entitled
after a town clearly modeled on either Hart's Location, or its
companion, Dixville Notch.
indicate the ultimate nationwide
winner of each contest:
Police Services are provided by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office
or NH State Police Troop E depending on staffing for the time of
- http://www.hartslocation.com/ Retrieved Nov 4, 2008