Chester, New Hampshire
|Chester, New Hampshire|
|Rockingham County, New Hampshire|
|• Board of Selectmen||Stephen Landau, Chair
Joseph Hagan, Vice Chair
Richard J. LeBlanc
|• Total||26.0 sq mi (67.4 km2)|
|• Land||25.9 sq mi (67.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2) 0.42%|
|Elevation||467 ft (142 m)|
|• Density||180/sq mi (71/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0873564|
Incorporated in 1722, Chester once included Candia, set off in 1763. First called "the chestnut country," it may have been the first of the settlement grants by Massachusetts selected for expansion of growing populations in the seacoast. The name may be derived from Chester, the county town of the county of Cheshire in England. Earl of Chester is a title held by the Prince of Wales.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 26.0 square miles (67 km2), of which 25.9 sq mi (67 km2) is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.26 km2) (0.42%) is water. The Exeter River rises in Chester. The highest point in town is an unnamed summit, reaching 639 feet (195 m) above sea level, near the town's southwest corner. Chester lies mostly within the Piscataqua River (Coastal) watershed, though the western edge of town is in the Merrimack River watershed.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,792 people, 1,214 households, and 1,011 families residing in the town. The population density was 146.4 people per square mile (56.5/km²). There were 1,247 housing units at an average density of 48.1 per square mile (18.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.97% White, 0.26% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.
There were 1,214 households out of which 45.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.3% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.7% were non-families. 11.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.38.
In the town the population was spread out with 31.0% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $68,571, and the median income for a family was $75,092. Males had a median income of $44,056 versus $35,382 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,842. About 3.4% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.
According to the most recent figures Chester has the third highest median property values in the state, and Chester residents have the highest median income.
Preschools: Chester Academy (public), Chester Pre-School (private), Country Christian Daycare (private), Imagination Station (private)
- Charles H. Bell, 38th governor of New Hampshire and son of John Bell
- John Bell, 12th governor of New Hampshire
- Samuel Bell, 8th governor of New Hampshire and brother of John Bell
- Samuel Newell Bell, US congressman and grandson of Samuel Bell
- "Lord" Timothy Dexter, early American businessman
- Daniel Chester French, sculptor (summer resident)
- George Cochrane Hazelton, US congressman from Wisconsin; brother of Gerry Hazelton
- Gerry Whiting Hazelton, US congressman from Wisconsin; brother of George Hazelton
- United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
- Foster, Debra H.; Batorfalvy, Tatianna N.; and Medalie, Laura (1995). Water Use in New Hampshire: An Activities Guide for Teachers. U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Geological Survey.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Town of Chester official website
- Tri-Town Times community newspaper
- Chester Historical Society
- New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile