East Kingston, New Hampshire

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East Kingston is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,784 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 2,281.[1]



East Kingston was once a part of Kingston called Kingston East Parish, but was granted a separate charter in 1738 by Massachusetts Colonial Governor Jonathan Belcher, when New Hampshire was still part of that state. Several residents of East Kingston had petitioned Governor Belcher that its location was too distant from the Kingston school and place of worship.

The town grew up around the saw and grist mill at the Trickling Falls on the edge of Powwow Pond. Farms prospered on the good soil, and ice-cutting in the river was a thriving winter business before the age of refrigeration. The New England Brick Company was once a principal industry.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 10.1 square miles (26.2 km2), of which 10.0 sq mi (25.9 km2) is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2) is water, comprising 0.60% of the town. The southern half of East Kingston is drained by the Powwow River, a tributary of the Merrimack River, while the remainder is drained by Great Brook, a tributary of the Exeter River, which ultimately drains to the Atlantic Ocean via Great Bay. The largest water body is York Pond, which drains out into Great Brook via York Brook. A very small portion of 285-acre (115 ha) Powwow Pond on the Powwow River also lies within the town. Roughly the northern half of East Kingston lies within the Piscataqua River (Coastal) watershed, with the southern half of town located in the Merrimack River watershed.[2] The highest point in town is the summit of Morse Hill, at 315 feet (96 m) above sea level.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,784 people, 629 households, and 508 families residing in the town. The population density was 178.6 people per square mile (68.9/km²). There were 648 housing units at an average density of 64.9/sq mi (25.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.04% White, 0.11% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.34% of the population.

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