Sandown, New Hampshire

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Sandown, New Hampshire
Town
Location in Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Location in Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Coordinates: 42°55′42″N 71°11′15″W / 42.92833°N 71.18750°W / 42.92833; -71.18750Coordinates: 42°55′42″N 71°11′15″W / 42.92833°N 71.18750°W / 42.92833; -71.18750
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Rockingham
Incorporated 1756
Government
 • Board of Selectmen Thomas Tombarello, Chair
James E. Devine
Hans Nicolaisen
William (Terry) Treanor
Area
 • Total 14.4 sq mi (37.3 km2)
 • Land 13.9 sq mi (36.0 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)  3.54%
Elevation 232 ft (71 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,986
 • Density 420/sq mi (160/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 03873
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-67620
GNIS feature ID 0873716
Website www.sandown.us

Sandown is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 5,986 at the 2010 census.[1]

History[edit]

Old Meeting House in 1908

Once part of Kingston, Sandown was incorporated as a separate town in 1756 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth. It was named for picturesque Sandown on the Isle of Wight. The first minister of Sandown, the Reverend Josiah Cotton, built the Sandown Meeting House in 1774. It had an 11-foot-high (3.4 m) pulpit and marble columns supporting the gallery, and is still an excellent example of early New England church architecture. The meetinghouse is said to be the finest of its type in New Hampshire, with outstanding craftsmanship and architectural details.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.4 square miles (37.3 km2), of which 13.9 sq mi (36.0 km2) is land and 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2) is water, comprising 3.54% of the town. Sandown is drained by the Exeter River; Phillips Pond is in the center of town, Angle Pond is in the south. The highest point in Sandown is the summit of Hoyt Hill, at 505 feet (154 m) above sea level, near the town's southwest corner.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,143 people, 1,694 households, and 1,382 families residing in the town. The population density was 369.8 people per square mile (142.8/km²). There were 1,777 housing units at an average density of 127.8 per square mile (49.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.43% White, 0.21% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 1,694 households out of which 48.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.0% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4% were non-families. 12.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.32.

In the town the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 37.1% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 105.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $67,581, and the median income for a family was $73,083. Males had a median income of $49,012 versus $29,773 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,978. About 3.3% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

  • Timberlane Regional High School, Grades 9-12, located in Plaistow
  • Timberlane Regional Middle School, Grades 6-8, located in Plaistow
  • Sandown Central Elementary School, Grades 4-5, located in Sandown
  • Sandown North Elementary School, Grades 1-3, located in Sandown

Sites of interest[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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