The US Census Report entitled “Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: 2000” lists the total population for the Town of Jackson as 835. Figures from the New Hampshire Office of State Planning were considerably lower in May of 2001 when the Census figures were released: 717. Reasons for the discrepancy may include the fact that some Glen residents have Jackson Post Office boxes and may have listed on the Census Reporting Form their town of residence as Jackson. However, for the purposes of this report, the census figures will be used because of the detail they provide in general statistics.
Historical View of Population of Jackson from 1800 to 2000
Sources: US Census Bureau, Census reports from 1960 through 2000; Town of Jackson Community Plan, 1978.
Note: from 1810 through 1860, the population is estimated.
2000 census figures indicate a town evenly divided by sex: 416 males and 419 females. The total number of year-round households is 377; of that, 241 are family households (an increase of 23% since 1990), and 136 are non-family households (a decrease of 1% since 1990). The average household size is 2.18 people, while the average family size (with children under 18 years old) is 2.67.
The 2000 Census indicates a town almost uniformly one race: 829 people listed their race as White. Other races claimed, with number of respondents so indicating, are as follows: American Indian and Alaska Native: 2, Japanese: 1, Native Hawaiian: 1, and two or more races: 2.
From 1990 to 2000, census figures indicate a 18.8 percent increase in the population of Jackson, from 703 people to 835. The following table compares growth rates in neighboring towns, Carroll County, the state and the country.
Comparison of Growth Rates
Source: US Census Bureau, Census reports for 1960 through 2000
During the past ten years, the number of children between the ages of 0 and 5 has remained stable, while the number of school-aged children, from 5 through 18, has jumped by 59 percent. Working-aged residents, from 19 through 64, have increased by only 8 percent. Numbers of retirement-aged people, age 65 and over, have swelled by 38 percent.
The median age is 45.6, considerably higher than both the New Hampshire average (37.1), and the national average (35.3). This higher-than-average median age continued a trend commented upon in the 1988 Master Plan, and reflects the recent increase in Jackson’s retirement population. The following table indicates age breakdowns for Jackson.
Age Distribution, Comparison between 1990 and 2000
Source: US Census Bureau, Census reports for 1990 and 2000
The New Hampshire Office of State Planning periodically prepares population projections for towns and counties. The most recent one dates from 1/27/99 and reflects a 2000 population projection that may be more accurate than the 2000 Census figures. The OSP Population Projections for Jackson, neighboring towns, and the county are shown in the following table.
Source: Office of State Planning, State Data Center