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Hampstead, New Hampshire
Official seal of Hampstead, New Hampshire
Location in Rockingham County and the state of New Hampshire.
Location in Rockingham County and the state of New Hampshire.
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Rockingham
Incorporated 1749
Villages Hampstead
East Hampstead
West Hampstead
 • Total 14.1 sq mi (36.5 km2)
 • Land 13.4 sq mi (34.8 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (1.7 km2)  4.72%
315 ft (96 m)
 • Total 8,998
 • Density 671/sq mi (258.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP codes
03841 (Hampstead)
03826 (East Hampstead)
03038 (Derry)
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-32900
GNIS feature ID 0873615

Hampstead is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 8,998 at the 2020 census. Hampstead, which includes the village of East Hampstead, is home to a portion of the Rockingham Recreational Trail.


Main Street, East Hampstead, NH
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, the residence of William Pitt, a close friend.


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. Hampstead is home to Camp Tel Noar, an overnight summer camp on Wash Pond (Sunset Lake).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 724
1800 790 9.1%
1810 738 −6.6%
1820 751 1.8%
1830 913 21.6%
1840 890 −2.5%
1850 789 −11.3%
1860 930 17.9%
1870 935 0.5%
1880 950 1.6%
1890 860 −9.5%
1900 823 −4.3%
1910 796 −3.3%
1920 670 −15.8%
1930 775 15.7%
1940 823 6.2%
1950 902 9.6%
1960 1,261 39.8%
1970 2,401 90.4%
1980 3,785 57.6%
1990 6,732 77.9%
2000 8,297 23.2%
2010 8,523 2.7%
2020 8,998 5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

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%.

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.


Local public schools include:

The Town of Hampstead pays tuition for town students to attend Pinkerton Academy in Derry, and therefore Pinkerton serves as Hampstead's public high school.

Hampstead Academy is a private school in Hampstead.


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.

Notable people

  • Andy Seuss (born 1987), NASCAR professional driver

See also

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