Randolph sign, seen when entering Randolph on U.S. Route 2 from the east or west.
Randolph is a heavily forested town located in Coos County, New Hampshire, extending from the northern slopes of the White Mountains of the Presidential Range (to the south) to Berlin (to the north), with U.S. route 2 cutting through the middle. Currently, the northern and southern parts of Randolph are a part of the White Mountain National Forest and the Ice Gulch Town Forest, while the central part is the town itself, U.S. Route 2 and the Randolph Community forest.
Randolph was incorporated in 1824, after being originally granted as "Durand" in 1772. Randolph is divided into 2 main parts: Randolph "valley", where town hall is, and Randolph Hill, which has several roads all connected a main road called Randolph Hill Road. Randolph Hill has the site of the Mt. Crescent House (hotel), which opened in 1883 as the "Randolph Hill House" and was torn down in 1971. Randolph also had "Ravine House" on Durand Rd, straight north of Appalachia trail head. The main Randolph train station was at the Dolly Copp road. Temperatures in the summer can reach ║80 F, while temperatures in the winter can be below -║10 F. The only store in Randolph is the Lowe's Store, on U.S. Route 2.
Randolph is located in a mountainous region that attracted hikers. Because of this, the RMC (Randolph Mountain Club) was formed (see subsection below). The Randolph town sign (when entering and leaving Randolph through U.S. Route 2) is a picture of a person hiking. In some ways, this is the logo of Randolph. Trails in Randolph include the Mt. Crescent trail (leading to the top of Mt. Crescent), the Pasture Path, Grassy Lane, the Carlton Notch Trail, and many others. In 2003 a large section of the forest was turned into the Randolph Community Forest, which extends into the town of Jefferson. Wildlife in Randolph includes moose, deer, foxes, snakes, and bears.
Randolph Mountain Club
The Randolph Mountain Club (or RMC) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1910 and incorporated in 1915 by John H. Boothman. As of 1997, there were over 750 members. The mission of the RMC is "to promote hiking and trail development" in Randolph. The RMC finished work on the Four Soldiers Path in 2003, a path that connects with the Pasture Path and ends at the Pond of Safety, a pond where fugitive soldiers stayed during the American Revolution. (See RMC website (http://www.randolphmountainclub.org/)).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 122.1 km▓ (47.2 mi▓). 122.0 km▓ (47.1 mi▓) of it is land and 0.1 km▓ (0.04 mi▓) of it is water. The total area is 0.08% water. Randolph's geography is hilly, from the slopes of the presidentials to Mount Crescent. There are 4 main mountains: Mount Crescent, Black Crescent Mountain, Mount Randolph and Pond Hill. Black Crescent Mountain (3,265) is the highest point in Randolph. There are no trails maintained to the top of Black Crescent Mountain or Pond Hill.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 339 people, 146 households, and 104 families residing in the town. The population density is 2.8/km▓ (7.2/mi▓). There are 298 housing units at an average density of 2.4/km▓ (6.3/mi▓). The racial makeup of the town is 96.46% White, 0.88% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 146 households out of which 26.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.2% are married couples living together, 1.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.1% are non-families. 24.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.31 and the average family size is 2.74.
In the town the population is spread out with 19.2% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 32.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 46 years. For every 100 females there are 104.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 106.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town is $50,139, and the median income for a family is $52,083. Males have a median income of $40,625 versus $35,208 for females. The per capita income for the town is $25,092. 1.8% of the population and 2.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 0.0% of those under the age of 18 and 0.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
|Communities in Coos County, New Hampshire || |
|Atkinson & Gilmanton Academy | Bean's Purchase | Berlin | Cambridge Township | Carroll | Chandler's Purchase | Clarksville | Colebrook | Columbia | Crawford's Purchase | Cutt's Grant | Dalton | Dix's Grant | Dixville Township | Dummer | Errol | Erving's Location | Gorham | Green's Grant | Groveton | Hadley's Purchase | Jefferson | Kilkenny Township | Lancaster | Low and Burbank's Grant | Martin's Location | Milan | Millsfield Township | Northumberland | Odell | Pinkham's Grant | Pittsburg | Randolph | Sargent's Purchase | Second College Grant | Shelburne | Stark | Stewartstown | Stratford | Success Township | Thompson and Meserve's Purchase | Wentworth's Location | Whitefield |