Plaistow, New Hampshire

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Plaistow is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 7,747 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 7,629.[1] The name of the town is pronounced /ˈplæstaʊ/ PLAS-tow, rhyming with now, though in the past it was pronounced /ˈplæstoʊ/ PLAS-toe, rhyming with no.[citation needed]



Plaistow was officially established as a town in 1749 after a boundary dispute between the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the New Hampshire Grants. It is the only town outside the United Kingdom with the name Plaistow. In 1776 the western part of Plaistow became a separate town, Atkinson. The present town hall was built in 1895. Each year, the town celebrates 'Old Home Day', with a parade, fireworks, and carnival-type atmosphere on the Town Hall Lawn to celebrate the town's anniversary.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 10.6 square miles (27 km2), of which 0.09% is water. The highest point in Plaistow is an unnamed summit at 384 feet (117 m) above sea level near the town's northern end.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 7,747 people, 2,871 households, and 2,150 families residing in the town. The population density was 728.8 people per square mile (281.4/km²). There were 2,927 housing units at an average density of 275.4/sq mi (106.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.33% White, 0.21% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.32% of the population.

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