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North Hampton, New Hampshire
1844 Town Hall, listed on theNational Register of Historic Places
Official seal of North Hampton, New Hampshire
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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
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Rockingham
Incorporated November 30, 1742
Villages
  • North Hampton
  • North Hampton Center
  • Cemetery Corners
  • Fogg Corner
  • Little Boars Head
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)  3.47%
Elevation
79 ft (24 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 4,301
 • Density 298.7/sq mi (115.31/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
03862
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-54580
GNIS feature ID 0873687

North Hampton is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,301 at the 2010 census. While the majority of the town is inland, North Hampton includes a part of New Hampshire's limited Atlantic seacoast.

History

First settled in 1639, this 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. In 1831, North Hampton was represented in the New Hampshire House of Representatives by Benning Leavitt.

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.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.4 square miles (37 km2), of which 13.9 sq mi (36 km2) is land and 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2) is water, comprising 3.47% of the town. 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 and to the northwest by the Winnicut River.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 657
1800 653 −0.6%
1810 651 −0.3%
1820 764 17.4%
1830 767 0.4%
1840 885 15.4%
1850 822 −7.1%
1860 771 −6.2%
1870 723 −6.2%
1880 774 7.1%
1890 804 3.9%
1900 812 1.0%
1910 782 −3.7%
1920 677 −13.4%
1930 695 2.7%
1940 818 17.7%
1950 1,104 35.0%
1960 1,910 73.0%
1970 3,259 70.6%
1980 3,425 5.1%
1990 3,637 6.2%
2000 4,259 17.1%
2010 4,301 1.0%
2017 (est.) 4,456 3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census 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.

Sites of interest

Notable people

  • Henry Dearborn (1751–1829), general, US congressman from Massachusetts; 5th US Secretary of War
  • Abraham Drake (1715–1781), commanded 2nd N.H. Militia during Saratoga campaign
  • Alvan T. Fuller (1878–1958), 50th governor of Massachusetts (summer residence)
  • Ogden Nash (1902–1971), poet; buried in North Hampton
  • Bonnie Newman (b. 1945), politician
  • Herbert Philbrick (1915–1993), Boston ad executive; noted Cold War citizen spy for the FBI

Thoroughbreds

  • Mom's Command and Dancer's Image were notable Thoroughbreds owned by Peter D. Fuller at Runnymede Farm in North Hampton; the former horse is buried there. Both horses are featured on a billboard along NH Route 111.
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