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Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

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Waterville Valley is a town in Grafton County
Grafton County, New Hampshire
Grafton County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. As of the 2010 census, the population was 89,118. Its county seat is North Haverhill, which is a village within the town of Haverhill. Until 1972, the county courthouse and other offices were located in downtown Woodsville, a...

, New Hampshire
New Hampshire
New Hampshire is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. The state was named after the southern English county of Hampshire. It is bordered by Massachusetts to the south, Vermont to the west, Maine and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Canadian...

, United States
United States
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. The population was 247 at the 2010 census.

Waterville Valley attracts many visitors in the winter months with alpine skiing at Waterville Valley Resort
Waterville Valley Resort
Waterville Valley is a ski resort in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire. The resort's motto is "Altitude without the Attitude". Built on Mount Tecumseh, with a summit elevation of above sea level, the ski trails extend to a high point on the south ridge of the mountain at ,...

 and many miles of trails for cross-country skiing. During the summer, attractions include a golf course, tennis courts, and lots of hiking. The Mad River flows through the town, providing great views all year round.


Waterville valley was first settled in the 1760s, and incorporated as Waterville in 1829. The name Waterville Valley was adopted in 1967.


According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the town has a total area of 64.9 square miles (168.1 km²), of which 0.04 sq mi (0.1035995244 km²) is water, comprising 0.05% of the town. The highest point in Waterville Valley is the North Peak of Mount Tripyramid
Mount Tripyramid (New Hampshire)
Mount Tripyramid is a mountain located in Grafton County, New Hampshire. The mountain, so-called because of the three distinct peaks along its mile-long summit ridge, is part of the Sandwich Range of the White Mountains. Scaur Peak and The Fool Killer are subsidiary peaks to the northwest and...

, at 4180 feet (1,274.1 m) above sea level
Sea level
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As of the census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 257 people, 121 households, and 75 families residing in the town. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 4.0 people per square mile (1.5/km²). There were 1,097 housing units at an average density of 16.9 per square mile (6.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.28% White, 1.95% Asian, 0.78% from other races
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.56% of the population.

There were 121 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.72.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 20.6% from 25 to 44, 37.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 104.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $40,417, and the median income for a family was $55,625. Males had a median income of $34,167 versus $34,063 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the town was $26,400. About 6.8% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.


The Waterville Valley Elementary School is also known as the "Little Red School" and has forty-one students enrolled for kindergarten through 8th grade (2011-2012 school year). The children at the school are able to bike, swim, ski, skate, and play tennis in Waterville Valley. There is a recreation department attached to the "Little Red School".

Notable inhabitants

  • Tom Corcoran
    Tom Corcoran (skier)
    Thomas Corcoran, better known as Tom Corcoran, is a four-time United States national champion in alpine skiing and a two-time Olympian. In addition to seven years of international ski racing, Corcoran also raced competitively for Dartmouth College....

    , resort founder and Olympic skier
  • H. A. Rey
    H. A. Rey
    Hans Augusto "H.A." Rey , worked with his wife Margret Rey as authors and illustrators of children's books. They were best known for their Curious George series.-Curious George Book Series:Hans and Margret were both Jewish and of German birth...

     and Margret Rey
    Margret Rey
    Margret Elizabeth Rey , born Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein, was , the co-author and illustrator of children's books, the most famous of which are the Curious George series....

    , co-authors of the Curious George
    Curious George
    Curious George is the protagonist of a series of popular children's books by the same name, written by Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey. The books feature a curious brown monkey named George, who is brought from his home in Africa by "The Man with The Yellow Hat" to live with him in a big city.When...

    books. The Curious George Cottage
    Curious George Cottage
    Curious George Cottage was the summer home of H.A. Rey and Margret Rey, creators of the Curious George series of children’s books, located in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire....

    , where some of the books were written, is located next to the elementary school.
  • John E. Sununu
    John E. Sununu
    John Edward Sununu is a former Republican United States Senator from New Hampshire, of Lebanese and Palestinian Christian ancestry. Sununu was the youngest member of the Senate for his entire six year term. He is the son of former New Hampshire Governor John H...

    , U.S. Congressman (1997–2003) and U.S. Senator (2003–2009)

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