North Hampton, New Hampshire

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North Hampton, New Hampshire
1844 Town Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Official seal of North Hampton, New Hampshire
Location in Rockingham County and the state of New Hampshire.
Location in Rockingham County and the state of New Hampshire.
Coordinates: 42°58′21″N 70°49′47″W / 42.97250°N 70.82972°W / 42.97250; -70.82972Coordinates: 42°58′21″N 70°49′47″W / 42.97250°N 70.82972°W / 42.97250; -70.82972
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
IncorporatedNovember 30, 1742
  • North Hampton
  • North Hampton Center
  • Cemetery Corners
  • Fogg Corner
  • Little Boars Head
 • Select Board
  • James Sununu, Chair
  • Jim Maggiore
  • Jonathan Pinette
 • Town AdministratorMichael Tully
 • Total14.4 sq mi (37.3 km2)
 • Land13.9 sq mi (36.0 km2)
 • Water0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)  3.46%
79 ft (24 m)
 • Total4,538
 • Density327/sq mi (126.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code603
FIPS code33-54580
GNIS feature ID0873687

North Hampton is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,538 at the 2020 census.[2] While the majority of the town is inland, North Hampton includes a part of New Hampshire's limited Atlantic seacoast.


First settled in 1639, the town was a part of Hampton known as "North Hill" or "North Parish". Residents began petitioning for separation from Hampton as early as 1719, but township was not granted until 1742 by colonial governor Benning Wentworth, following separation of New Hampshire from Massachusetts.

Little Boar's Head, a seaside promontory, became a fashionable summer resort area in the 19th century, and contains elegant examples of late Victorian and Edwardian architecture.[3]


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 square miles (36.0 km2) are land and 0.50 square miles (1.3 km2) are water, comprising 3.46% of the town.[1] The highest point in North Hampton is the summit of Pine Hill, at 160 feet (49 m) above sea level, on the town's western border. The town is drained to the east by the Little River, which flows directly to the Atlantic Ocean, and to the northwest by the Winnicut River, which flows to Great Bay, which in turn reaches the Atlantic by way of the Piscataqua River.

U.S. Route 1 and state routes 1A and 151 run north–south through North Hampton, while 111 runs east–west. Interstate 95 runs through North Hampton without access to the town; Route 101 provides easier freeway access to North Hampton despite never entering the town. The nearest commercial airport is Portsmouth International Airport; the two closest major airports are Logan Airport in Boston and Portland International Jetport in Maine.

Adjacent municipalities[edit]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 4,259 people, 1,671 households, and 1,234 families residing in the town. The population density was 306.3 people per square mile (118.2/km2). There were 1,782 housing units at an average density of 128.1 per square mile (49.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.40% White, 0.31% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.21% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.

There were 1,671 households, out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.6% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 23.3% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 30.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $66,696, and the median income for a family was $72,500. Males had a median income of $51,451 versus $31,512 for females. The per capita income for the town was $34,187. About 1.6% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.7% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

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Sites of interest[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2021 U.S. Gazetteer Files – New Hampshire". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  2. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: North Hampton town, Rockingham County, New Hampshire". Retrieved December 24, 2021.
  3. ^ "NRHP nomination for Little Boar's Head Historic District". National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ State Builders: An Illustrated Historical and Biographical Record of the State of New Hampshire, 1903
  7. ^ "Congratulating Fuller". The Portsmouth Herald. Portsmouth, New Hampshire. September 10, 1924. p. 1. Retrieved June 30, 2019 – via
  8. ^ Milne, John (June 21, 1987). "New breed of politician emerging in N.H." The Boston Globe. p. 50. Retrieved June 30, 2019 – via
  9. ^ Kane, Amy (February 16, 2007). "Last remembrance of champion horse". Retrieved June 30, 2019.

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