Swanzey is a town located in Cheshire County, New Hampshire. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 6,800.


\nAccording to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 117.5 km² (45.3 mi²). 116.5 km² (45.0 mi²) of it is land and 0.9 km² (0.4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.79% water.


\nAs of the
census of 2000, there are 6,800 people, 2,666 households, and 1,874 families residing in the town. The population density is 58.4/km² (151.1/mi²). There are 2,818 housing units at an average density of 24.2/km² (62.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 98.32% White, 0.18% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 0.56% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 2,666 households out of which 33.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% are married couples living together, 9.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% are non-families. 22.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.55 and the average family size is 2.97. In the town the population is spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.2 males. The median income for a household in the town is $44,819, and the median income for a family is $51,500. Males have a median income of $32,421 versus $25,607 for females. The per capita income for the town is $20,150. 5.4% of the population and 3.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 2.4% are under the age of 18 and 10.4% are 65 or older.