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Surry, New Hampshire
Town
Town Hall
Town Hall
Official seal of Surry, New Hampshire
Seal
Location in Cheshire County, New Hampshire
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Cheshire
Incorporated 1769
Area
 • Total 16.0 sq mi (41.4 km2)
 • Land 15.7 sq mi (40.6 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)  1.97%
Elevation
581 ft (177 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 820
 • Density 52/sq mi (20.2/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (Eastern)
ZIP Code
03431 (Keene)
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-75300
GNIS feature ID 0873733

Surry is a town in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 820 at the 2020 census, up from 732 at the 2010 census.

History

Surry was chartered in 1769, and named for Charles Howard, Earl of Surrey. The first census taken in Surry, in 1790, reported 448 residents.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.9 square miles (41.2 km2), of which 15.6 sq mi (40.4 km2) is land and 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2) is water, comprising 2.01% of the town. The highest point in Surry is along the town's western border, on the upper slopes of Derry Hill, where the elevation reaches 1,555 feet (474 m) above sea level.

Surry Dam on the Ashuelot River is in the south central part of town. It holds back the Surry Reservoir which functions as a recreational site.

A waterfall locally known as 40 Foot Falls can be seen from Joslin Road on Merriam Brook.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 448
1800 569 27.0%
1810 564 −0.9%
1820 570 1.1%
1830 539 −5.4%
1840 481 −10.8%
1850 556 15.6%
1860 389 −30.0%
1870 318 −18.3%
1880 326 2.5%
1890 270 −17.2%
1900 250 −7.4%
1910 213 −14.8%
1920 200 −6.1%
1930 198 −1.0%
1940 236 19.2%
1950 291 23.3%
1960 362 24.4%
1970 507 40.1%
1980 656 29.4%
1990 667 1.7%
2000 673 0.9%
2010 732 8.8%
2020 820 12.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census there were 673 people, 268 households, and 206 families living in the town. The population density was 43.2 people per square mile (16.7/km2). There were 282 housing units at an average density of 18.1 per square mile (7.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.07% White, 0.59% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.49%.

Of the 268 households 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.8% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.8% were non-families. Of all households 18.7% were one person and 7.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.84.

The age distribution was 21.4% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 31.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% 65 or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.9 males.

The median household income was $56,964 and the median family income was $60,179. Males had a median income of $34,464 versus $22,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,277. About 0.5% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Amos Pollard (1803–1836), chief surgeon and defender of the Alamo; grew up in Surry
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