Hampstead, New Hampshire

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Hampstead, New Hampshire
Official seal of Hampstead, New Hampshire
Seal
Location in Rockingham County and the state of New Hampshire.
Location in Rockingham County and the state of New Hampshire.
Coordinates: 42°52′28″N 71°10′52″W / 42.87444°N 71.18111°W / 42.87444; -71.18111Coordinates: 42°52′28″N 71°10′52″W / 42.87444°N 71.18111°W / 42.87444; -71.18111
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
CountyRockingham
Incorporated1749
VillagesHampstead
East Hampstead
West Hampstead
Government
 • Board of SelectmenSean Murphy, Chair
Joseph Guthrie
Chad Bennett
Area
 • Total14.0 sq mi (36.3 km2)
 • Land13.3 sq mi (34.5 km2)
 • Water0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)  4.93%
Elevation
315 ft (96 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total8,523
 • Estimate 
(2017)
8,621
 • Density647/sq mi (249.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP codes
03841 (Hampstead)
03826 (East Hampstead)
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-32900
GNIS feature ID0873615
Websitewww.hampsteadnh.us

Hampstead is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 8,523 at the 2010 census.[1] Hampstead, which includes the village of East Hampstead, is home to a portion of the Rockingham Recreational Trail.

History[edit]

Main Street in 1914, East Hampstead

Once part of Haverhill and Amesbury, Massachusetts, settled in 1640, this town was formed as a result of the 1739 decision fixing the boundary line between Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It was originally known as "Timberlane Parish" because of the heavy growth of native trees. The town would be incorporated in 1749 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, who renamed it after Hampstead, England,[2] the residence of William Pitt, a close friend.[citation needed]

The Hampstead Meetinghouse, constructed circa 1749–1768, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Hampstead was the home of the first honey factory in the United States, in 1816.[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.0 square miles (36 km2), of which 13.3 sq mi (34 km2) is land and 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2) is water, comprising 4.93% of the town. Island Pond is in the west, with Angle and Wash ponds in the north. The highest point in Hampstead is greater than 460 feet (140 m) above sea level at the town's northwestern corner, near the eastern knob of Butman Hill. Hampstead lies mostly within the Merrimack River watershed, though the northern slope of Butman Hill drains into the Piscataqua River (Coastal) watershed.[3] Hampstead is home to Camp Tel Noar, an overnight summer camp on Wash Pond (Sunset Lake).

Adjacent municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790724
18007909.1%
1810738−6.6%
18207511.8%
183091321.6%
1840890−2.5%
1850789−11.3%
186093017.9%
18709350.5%
18809501.6%
1890860−9.5%
1900823−4.3%
1910796−3.3%
1920670−15.8%
193077515.7%
19408236.2%
19509029.6%
19601,26139.8%
19702,40190.4%
19803,78557.6%
19906,73277.9%
20008,29723.2%
20108,5232.7%
2017 (est.)8,621[4]1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

At the 2000 census there were 8,297 people, 3,044 households, and 2,279 families living in the town. The population density was 623.0 people per square mile (240.5/km2). There were 3,276 housing units at an average density of 246.0 per square mile (95.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.47% White, 0.23% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78%.[6]

Of the 3,044 households 41.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 20.7% of households were one person and 6.1% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.19.

The age distribution was 28.9% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% 65 or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.7 males.

The median household income was $68,533 and the median family income was $79,114. Males had a median income of $56,625 versus $31,449 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,195. About 2.4% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation[edit]

Three New Hampshire State Routes cross Hampstead

  • NH 111 crosses the town from the southwest to the northeast corner. It connects to Atkinson in the southwest and Danville in the northeast.
  • NH 121 crosses the western part of town from north to south; it is known locally as Main Street and Stage Road. It connects to Chester in the north via the southwest corner of Sandown and to Atkinson in the south.
  • NH 121A crosses the northeastern corner of town through the village of East Hampstead, connecting Danville in the north and Plaistow in the south. It is known locally as Sandown Road and East Main Street.

The nearest airport is Manchester–Boston Regional Airport along the border of Londonderry and Manchester.

Education[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, U.S. Census website, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 148.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 (PEPANNRES): Minor Civil Divisions – New Hampshire". Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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