Sandown, New Hampshire

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Sandown is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 5,143 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 6,001.[1]



Once part of Kingston, Sandown was incorporated as a separate town in 1756 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth. It was named for picturesque Sandown on the Isle of Wight. The first minister of Sandown, Reverend Joseph Cotton, built the Sandown Meeting House in 1774. It had an 11 foot high pulpit and marble columns supporting the gallery, and is still an excellent example of early New England church architecture. In fact, the meetinghouse is said to be the finest of its type in New Hampshire, with outstanding craftsmanship and architectural details.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.4 square miles (37.3 km2), of which 13.9 sq mi (36.0 km2) is land and 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2) is water, comprising 3.54% of the town. Sandown is drained by the Exeter River; Phillips Pond is in the center of town, Angle Pond is in the south. The highest point in Sandown is the summit of Hoyt Hill, at 505 feet (154 m) above sea level, near the town's southwest corner.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,143 people, 1,694 households, and 1,382 families residing in the town. The population density was 369.8 people per square mile (142.8/km²). There were 1,777 housing units at an average density of 127.8/sq mi (49.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.43% White, 0.21% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

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