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Stratham, New Hampshire

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, New Hampshire
Location in Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Rockingham
Incorporated 1716
 • Board of Selectmen Tim Copeland, Chair
David Canada
Bruno Federico
 • Town Administrator Paul R. Deschaine
 • 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%
Elevation 43 ft (13 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,255
 • Density 470/sq mi (180/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 03885
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,[1] and an estimated population of 7,280 in 2013.[2] 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.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Politics 4
  • Public safety 5
  • Education 6
  • Notable people 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


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.[3]

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


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 6,355 people, 2,306 households, and 1,743 families residing in the town. The population density was 420.6 people per square mile (162.4/km²). There were 2,371 housing units at an average density of 156.9 per square mile (60.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.97% White, 0.16% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.

There were 2,306 households out of which 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.5% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $76,726, and the median income for a family was $81,391. Males had a median income of $53,271 versus $36,759 for females. The per capita income for the town was $33,270. About 0.5% of families and 1.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 1.1% of those age 65 or over.


In 2007, 1,901 Stratham residents were registered Republicans, 1,263 voters were registered as Democrats, and 2,710 were registered as undeclared voters.[5]

On June 2, 2011, former Governor Mitt Romney officially opened his presidential campaign in Stratham.[6]

Public safety

Stratham has an all-volunteer fire department located in a new building at the intersection of Winnicut Road and Portsmouth Avenue (NH 33) next to the Stratham Historical Society.


Stratham is home to the Cooperative Middle School, 100 Academic Way and Stratham Memorial School, 39 Gifford Farm Road.

Notable people


  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Stratham town, Rockingham County, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ "2013 Population Estimates of New Hampshire Cities and Towns" (PDF). NH Office of Energy and Planning. July 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ Boston, Massachusetts 1859A History and Description of New England;Austin J. Coolidge & John B. Mansfield,
  4. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  5. ^ Haas, Chris (July 8, 2007). "Stratham Democrats come out of shadows". Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ Cullen, Fergus (June 15, 2012). "Romney in Stratham: Don’t Settle for Disappointment & Decline". New Hampshire Journal. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "BARKER, David, Jr., (1797 - 1834)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ "BARTLETT, Josiah, Jr., (1768 - 1838)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ "CLARK, Daniel, (1809 - 1891)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congresss. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ American Idol" rejects Stratham teenager Julie Dubela""". January 30, 2008. Archived from the original on February 23, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Maurice J. Murphy". NH Bar Association. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Wiggin, Thomas. Provincial and State Papers, Volume 33. New Hampshire. p. 678. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  13. ^ "WINGATE, Paine, (1739 - 1838)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 

External links

  • Town of Stratham official website
  • Wiggin Memorial Library
  • Stratham Historical Society - includes Merrill's 1793 Plan
  • Stratham Fair
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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