Deering, New Hampshire
|Deering, New Hampshire|
Deering Community Church (built 1829) c.1903
Location in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
|• Board of Selectmen||Aaron Gill, Chair
|• Total||31.4 sq mi (81.4 km2)|
|• Land||30.8 sq mi (79.8 km2)|
|• Water||0.6 sq mi (1.7 km2) 2.04%|
|Elevation||1,083 ft (330 m)|
|• Density||61/sq mi (23/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0873577|
First settled about 1765, the town was incorporated on January 17, 1774 by John Wentworth, governor of the province of New Hampshire. He named it Deering after the maiden name of his wife, Frances Deering Wentworth, just as two years earlier he bestowed Francestown with her first name. Deering had 928 residents when the first census was taken in 1790. By 1859, the population was 890. Its hills and valleys were well suited for agriculture. Industries included two sawmills, one gristmill, and one clothing factory.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.4 square miles (81 km2), of which 30.8 sq mi (80 km2) is land and 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2) is water, comprising 2.04% of the town. The highest point in Deering is Clark Summit, at 1,570 feet (480 m) above sea level. Deering lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.
The town is crossed by State Route 149.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,875 people, 713 households, and 518 families residing in the town. The population density was 60.9 people per square mile (23.5/km²). There were 933 housing units at an average density of 30.3 per square mile (11.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.45% White, 0.27% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.07% of the population.
There were 713 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 102.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $48,750, and the median income for a family was $53,889. Males had a median income of $35,813 versus $26,144 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,856. About 1.2% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.
- James W. Grimes, US senator and third Governor of Iowa
- Lotte Jacobi, photographer; lived in Deering from 1955 until her death in 1990
- Jon Rheault (1986- ), forward with Adler Mannheim
- Tom Rush, folk singer; lived in Deering (1971-1990)
- United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 102.
- Austin J. Coolidge & John B. Mansfield, A History and Description of New England, Boston, Massachusetts 1859
- Foster, Debra H.; Batorfalvy, Tatianna N.; 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 Deering official website
- Don and Jean Johnson, "Brief History of Deering", at Town of Deering website
- New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile