Canaan, New Hampshire

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Canaan, New Hampshire

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Canaan strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New Hampshire):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Canaan Public Transportation Use
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 19% Canaan Affordability of Rents
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Canaan College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Canaan, New Hampshire

Comparing Canaan to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New Hampshire (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 7 4
Male Share of the Population 7 3
Well-Paid Single Men 7 3
Age of the Population 5 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 7
Female Share of the Population 4 8
Racial Diversity 3 4
Senior Citizens 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 6
Average Household Size 7 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 4
People in Middle Class or Better 8 5
People Above Poverty 8 5
Median Family Income 7 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 7
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Short Commute Times 3 4
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 7
Housing Recently Built 8 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 7
Affordability of Rents 3 9
People Living Alone 3 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 7

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Canaan Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 53 miles NW of Manchester, New Hampshire (center to center)
Nearest Large City 101 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Grafton
Standard Zip Codes 03741
Phone Area Codes 603
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.647
Longitude -72.012

Canaan Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.4 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 27 F
Apr Temp 28 to 52 F
Jul Temp 53 to 79 F
Oct Temp 31 to 57 F
Annual Precip 40.2 inches
Distance 14 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches
Distance 15.3 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 29 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 57 to 81 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches
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Canaan Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 3,319 100%
Male 1,626 49%
Female 1,693 51%
Under 18 897 27%
18+ 2,422 73%
65+ 322 9.7%
Median Age 37.7
Average Family Size 3
White 3,257 98.1%
African-American 4 0.1%
Asian 12 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 4 0.1%
Other 7 0.2%
Mixed Race 35 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 17 0.5%

Estimated Canaan Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 3,452
Growth 133
Growth % 4%

Canaan Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 13.5%
French Canadian 13.3%
French (except Basque) 12.8%
US/American 11.9%
Irish 9.3%
German 8.2%
Italian 4.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.6%
Scottish 3.6%
European 3.5%
Swedish 2.3%
British 1.8%
Polish 1.6%
Russian 1.5%
Portuguese 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
Canadian 0.9%
Finnish 0.7%
New Zealander 0.6%
Swiss 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
Pennsylvania German 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Northern European 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
Welsh 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Estonian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Canaan 3,319 $46,339
Dorchester 353 $42,292
Enfield 4,618 $53,631
Grafton 1,138 $41,875
Hebron 459 $54,688
Orange 299 $40,625
Springfield 945 $58,068

Canaan Public Libraries

Canaan Town Library
1173 U.S. RT 4
Canaan, New Hampshire
(603) 523-9650

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Canaan High Schools (2004)

RR 1 BOX 168A
Serves 462 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

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