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New Hampton, New Hampshire
Town
New Hampton Community Church
New Hampton Community Church
Location in Belknap County, New Hampshire
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Belknap
Incorporated 1777
Area
 • Total 38.4 sq mi (99.4 km2)
 • Land 36.8 sq mi (95.2 km2)
 • Water 1.6 sq mi (4.2 km2)  4.19%
Elevation
525 ft (160 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,377
 • Density 65/sq mi (25.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
03256
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-51540
GNIS feature ID 0873679

New Hampton is a town in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 2,377 at the 2020 census. A winter sports resort area, New Hampton is home to George Duncan State Forest and to the New Hampton School, a private preparatory school established in 1821.

The primary village in town, where 373 people resided at the 2020 census, is defined as the New Hampton census-designated place, and is located along New Hampshire Route 132, just south of its intersection with Route 104.

History

Granted in 1765 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, New Hampton was originally known as Moultonborough Addition after then-Colonel Jonathan Moulton, who held the position of town moderator. Moulton, who was born in Hampton, changed the name to New Hampton in 1777 when it was incorporated.

In 1821 the New Hampton School, a Free Will Baptist institution, was founded in the town. From 1854 to 1870, the institute was affiliated with Cobb Divinity School (later part of Bates College).

In 1920, the New Hampton Fish Hatchery, the state's oldest fish hatchery, was established in the town.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.3 square miles (99.1 km2), of which 36.7 sq mi (95.0 km2) is land and 1.6 sq mi (4.1 km2) is water, comprising 4.14% of the town. New Hampton is bounded on the west and southwest by the Pemigewasset River. Pemigewasset Lake is in the center, and Winona Lake and Lake Waukewan are in the northeast. The highest point in New Hampton is 1,840 feet (561 m) above sea level atop the west ridge of Hersey Mountain, whose 2,001-foot (610 m) summit lies just over the town boundary in Sanbornton.

The geographic center of New Hampshire is located in the eastern part of New Hampton, between Winona Lake and Jackson Pond, at 43.67925 N, 71.580375 W.

The town is served by Interstate 93 and state routes 104 and 132. I-93 serves the town at Exit 23 and leads north to Plymouth and south to Concord. NH 104 passes east–west through the town, connecting Bristol to the west with Meredith to the east. NH 132 parallels I-93 as a local road, connecting Sanbornton and Tilton to the south with Ashland to the north.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 652
1800 1,095 67.9%
1810 1,293 18.1%
1820 1,500 16.0%
1830 1,904 26.9%
1840 1,812 −4.8%
1850 1,612 −11.0%
1860 1,596 −1.0%
1870 1,257 −21.2%
1880 1,059 −15.8%
1890 935 −11.7%
1900 852 −8.9%
1910 821 −3.6%
1920 708 −13.8%
1930 692 −2.3%
1940 791 14.3%
1950 723 −8.6%
1960 862 19.2%
1970 946 9.7%
1980 1,249 32.0%
1990 1,606 28.6%
2000 1,950 21.4%
2010 2,165 11.0%
2020 2,377 9.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,165 people, 848 households, and 617 families residing in the town. There were 1,083 housing units, of which 235, or 21.7%, were vacant. 185 of the vacant units were for seasonal or recreational use. The racial makeup of the town was 96.9% white, 0.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.0% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 0.05% some other race, and 1.8% from two or more races. 1.1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 848 households, 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were headed by married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.2% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49, and the average family size was 2.86.

In the town, 22.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.2% were from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 31.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.4 males.

For the period 2011-2015, the estimated median annual income for a household was $74,009, and the median income for a family was $73,913. Male full-time workers had a median income of $49,138 versus $43,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $28,267. 6.6% of the population and 3.3% of families were below the poverty line. 8.3% of the population under the age of 18 and 13.0% of those 65 or older were living in poverty.

Sites of interest

Education

New Hampton is within the Newfound Area School District. New Hampton Community School is in New Hampton. The district's secondary schools are Newfound Memorial Middle School and Newfound Regional High School, both located in Bristol.

Notable people

  • Mary W. Bacheler (1860–1939), physician; medical missionary in India
  • Oliver Blake (1802–1873), businessman, Liberal member of the Senate of Canada
  • Adoniram Judson Gordon (1836–1895), minister; founder and namesake of Gordon College
  • Orren C. Moore (1839–1893), US congressman
  • Simon W. Robinson (1792–1868), Revolutionary War era soldier, businessman
  • Darius Songaila (born 1978), professional basketball player; attended New Hampton School
  • Ernest Thompson (born 1949), author (On Golden Pond) (summer resident)
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