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Newton, New Hampshire

Newton, New Hampshire
Town
Official seal of Newton, New Hampshire
Seal
Location in Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Location in Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Coordinates:
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Rockingham
Incorporated 1749
Government
 • Board of Selectmen Robert S. Donovan, Jr., Chair
James L. Doggett
Lawrence B. Foote
Matthew A. Burrill
Lisa L. Gonyer
 • Town Administrator Nancy J. Wrigley
Area
 • Total 10.1 sq mi (26.1 km2)
 • Land 9.9 sq mi (25.7 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)  1.59%
Elevation 194 ft (59 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,603
 • Density 460/sq mi (180/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 03858
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-52900
GNIS feature ID 0873685
Website .gov.newton-nhwww

Newton is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,603 at the 2010 census.[1]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Notable people 4
  • Sites of interest 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

A Victorian building in 1910

The sixth town to be granted from the Masonian land purchase of 1746, Newton was originally part of Salisbury, Massachusetts; later, part of Amesbury, Massachusetts; then part of the West Parish of Amesbury; then part of New Town or South Hampton, Massachusetts (now South Hampton, New Hampshire). A number of the residents felt they were too far away from its church for their convenience, and the town was incorporated by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth as Newtown in 1749, simply because it was a new town. In 1846, the New Hampshire legislature voted to contract the name to Newton.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 10.1 square miles (26.2 km2), of which 9.9 sq mi (25.6 km2) is land and 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2) is water, comprising 1.59% of the town. The highest point in Newton is the summit of Brandy Brow Hill, at 289 feet (88 m) above sea level, located directly upon the southern corner of the town.

Villages or place names in the town include Newton, Newton Junction, Rowes Corner, Sargent Corners, and Crane Crossing.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,289 people, 1,518 households, and 1,170 families residing in the town. The population density was 433.0 people per square mile (167.1/km²). There were 1,552 housing units at an average density of 156.7 per square mile (60.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.90% White, 0.68% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.31% of the population.

There were 1,518 households out of which 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.1% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.9% were non-families. 15.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 36.2% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $60,972, and the median income for a family was $62,271. Males had a median income of $43,510 versus $32,471 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,910. About 2.7% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 16.0% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

Sites of interest

  • Marshall House (Newton Conservation Commission)
  • Historical Museum ([2])
  • Village Primary School (1850) - Newton Historical Society, which was established on March 26, 1973, holds its monthly meetings at this location[3]

References

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "Newton Historical Society". Retrieved August 11, 2014. 

External links

  • Town of Newton official website
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • "A brief history of Newton, NH: A New Chronology of the Life & Times of Jonathan Farren", by Jerry Ferrin
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