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Stratham, New Hampshire
The Stratham Historical Society, housed in the former Wiggin Memorial Library building
The Stratham Historical Society, housed in the former Wiggin Memorial Library building
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 1716
Villages Stratham
Winnicut Mills
 • Total 15.5 sq mi (40.1 km2)
 • Land 15.1 sq mi (39.1 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)  2.49%
43 ft (13 m)
 • Total 7,255
 • Density 480/sq mi (185.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-74340
GNIS feature ID 0873728

Stratham is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The town had a population of 7,255 at the 2010 census, and an estimated population of 7,280 in 2013. It is bounded on the west by the Squamscott River. The town is the home of the only U.S. Lindt & Sprüngli factory and the headquarters of the Timberland Corporation.


Trolley at Stratham Hill Park, Stratham, NH
Stratham Hill Park c. 1905

Stratham was settled in 1631 and incorporated in 1716. The area, called Winnicutt by the Pennacook Indians, was known as Squamscott Patent or Point of Rocks because of its location between Great Bay and the Squamscott River. The sixth town in the colony to be incorporated, the town was named for Wriothesley Russell, Baron Howland of Streatham, a friend of New Hampshire Royal Governor Samuel Shute.

The town is unusual among New England settlements of its size in having been comprehensively mapped in 1793 by Phinehas Merrill. It is therefore possible to identify how many of the extant buildings of the town predate the map.

Each summer the town hosts the Stratham Fair, held at Stratham Hill Park.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40 km2), of which 15.1 sq mi (39 km2) is land and 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2) is water, comprising 2.39% of the town. Stratham is drained by the Squamscott River, a tributary of the Piscataqua River. The highest elevation in town is 290 feet (88 m) above sea level, found on the summits of Stratham Hill and neighboring Jewell Hill.

Stratham Hill Park and nearby Gordon Barker Town Forest offer a combined trail system for hikers and mountain bikers.

Stratham is crossed by New Hampshire Route 33, New Hampshire Route 108 and New Hampshire Route 111.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 882
1800 890 0.9%
1810 874 −1.8%
1820 892 2.1%
1830 838 −6.1%
1840 875 4.4%
1850 840 −4.0%
1860 859 2.3%
1870 769 −10.5%
1880 720 −6.4%
1890 680 −5.6%
1900 718 5.6%
1910 602 −16.2%
1920 542 −10.0%
1930 552 1.8%
1940 634 14.9%
1950 759 19.7%
1960 1,033 36.1%
1970 1,512 46.4%
1980 2,507 65.8%
1990 4,955 97.6%
2000 6,355 28.3%
2010 7,255 14.2%
2017 (est.) 7,410 2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,255 people, 2,746 households, and 2,045 families residing in the town. The population density was 480.5 people per square mile (185.5/km2). There were 2,864 housing units at an average density of 189.7 per square mile (73.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.4% White, 0.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 0.1% some other race, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 2,746 households, out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were headed by married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.6% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64, and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.4% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 34.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

For the period 2011–15, the estimated median annual income for a household in the town was $108,306, and the median income for a family was $138,239. Male full-time workers had a median income of $102,315 versus $56,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $58,137. 0% of families and 0.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0% of those under age 18 and 1.8% of those age 65 or over.


Stratham is home to two schools: the Cooperative Middle School and Stratham Memorial School. Stratham Memorial School is located at 39 Gifford Farm Road and teaches from Pre-K to 5th grade. The Cooperative Middle School (CMS) is located at 100 Academic Way and includes grades 6-8. High school students from Stratham attend Exeter High School (grades 9-12). The public elementary and middle school only serve students from Stratham, while the high school serves students from all six towns of SAU 16—in which Stratham is the second-largest town, after Exeter and ahead of Brentwood, Kensington, East Kingston, and Newfields.

Notable people

  • David Barker Jr. (1797–1834), US congressman
  • Josiah Bartlett Jr. (1768–1838), physician, US congressman
  • Daniel Clark (1809–1891), US senator
  • Maurice J. Murphy Jr. (1927–2002), US senator
  • Thomas Wiggin (1601–1666), first governor of the Upper Plantation of New Hampshire which eventually became the Royal Province of New Hampshire in 1741
  • Paine Wingate (1739–1838), served in the Continental Congress; US senator, congressman
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