Hampstead, New Hampshire

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Hampstead is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 8,297 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 8,794.[1] Hampstead, which includes the village of East Hampstead, is home to a portion of the Rockingham Recreational Trail.

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History

Once part of Haverhill and Amesbury, Massachusetts settled in 1640, this town was formed as a result of the 1739 change in boundary lines between Massachusetts and the new province of New Hampshire. It was originally known as "Timberlane Parish" because of the heavy growth of native trees. The town would be incorporated in 1749 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, who renamed it after Hampstead, England, the residence of William Pitt, a close friend.

Hampstead's Main Street is lined with antique homes. The town was a popular summer camp location.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.0 square miles (36 km2), of which 13.3 sq mi (34 km2) is land and 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2) is water, comprising 4.93% of the town. Island Pond is in the west, with Angle and Wash ponds in the north. The highest point in Hampstead is greater than 460 feet (140 m) above sea level at the town's northwestern corner, near the summit of Butman Hill in neighboring Sandown. Hampstead lies mostly within the Merrimack River watershed, though the northern slope of Butman Hill drains into the Piscataqua River (Coastal) watershed.[2]

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 8,297 people, 3,044 households, and 2,279 families residing in the town. The population density was 623.0 people per square mile (240.5/km²). There were 3,276 housing units at an average density of 246.0/sq mi (95.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.47% White, 0.23% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78% of the population.

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