Hollis, New Hampshire

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Hollis is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 7,015 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 7,570.[1] The town center village is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Hollis Village Historic District.



Hollis was incorporated by colonial governor Benning Wentworth in 1746. The name comes from a Wentworth ancestor, John Holles, Earl of Clare.[citation needed]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.3 square miles (84 km2), of which 31.8 sq mi (82 km2) is land and 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2) is water, comprising 1.76% of the town. The highest point in Hollis is the summit of Birch Hill, at 821 feet (250 m) above sea level, located near the town's western border.

The Nashua River flows through the southeast corner of the town out of Pepperell, Massachusetts and into Nashua. The Nissitissit River flows through the western part of the town. Hollis lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.[2]


As with many of the towns on the New Hampshire border with Massachusetts, Hollis is rapidly changing from mixed-use farmland (apple orchards, corn, pumpkins, and other vegetables) to a bedroom community for the many commuters who work in Massachusetts but choose to live in New Hampshire; new major development projects continue to be started, to the concern of some of the longer-term residents. This has led to pressure on the town's school system and conflicts between the proponents of high government services and those advocating low taxes.

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,015 people, 2,440 households, and 2,025 families residing in the town. The population density was 221.0 people per square mile (85.3/km²). There were 2,491 housing units at an average density of 78.5/sq mi (30.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.59% White, 0.44% African American, 0.11% Native American, 1.65% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.93% of the population.

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