Allenstown, New Hampshire

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Allenstown is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,843 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 5,074.[1] Allenstown includes a portion of the village of Suncook. Just over one-half of the town's area is covered by Bear Brook State Park.



Allenstown takes its name from 17th-century provincial governor Samuel Allen. It was granted in 1721 but not incorporated until 1831. A part of Allenstown was lost to Bow in 1815, and another part to Hooksett in 1853.[citation needed]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.6 square miles (53 km2), of which 20.5 sq mi (53 km2) is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.26 km2) is water, comprising 0.53% of the town. The highest point in Allenstown is Bear Hill, at 835 feet (255 m) above sea level. Allenstown lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.[2]

Bear Brook State Park occupies 6,740 acres (27.3 km2) in the center of town, extending from the town's northern corner to its southern corner. (An additional 3,200 acres (13 km2) of the park are in the neighboring towns of Deerfield, Candia, and Hooksett.)[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,843 people, 1,902 households, and 1,253 families residing in the town. The population density was 235.9 people per square mile (91.1/km²). There were 1,962 housing units at an average density of 95.6/sq mi (36.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.83% White, 0.50% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

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