Auburn, New Hampshire

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Auburn is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,682 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 5,110.[1]



Auburn was incorporated in 1845. Once a part of Chester, it was known as Chester Woods, Chester West Parish, Long Meadow, and then Auburn. As with Auburn, Maine, Auburn, Massachusetts and Auburn, New York, the name is from Oliver Goldsmith's popular 18th century poem, "The Deserted Village", which begins:


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.7 square miles (74 km2), of which 25.2 sq mi (65 km2) is land and 3.5 sq mi (9.1 km2) (12.19%) is water. Three hills, all overlooking Massabesic Lake, can lay potential claim to being Auburn's highest point: Mount Miner, at 582 feet (177 m) above sea level, located north of the lake; Mine Hill, greater than 580 ft (180 m), above the east shore; and Mount Misery, greater than 580 feet, to the southeast. Auburn lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,682 people, 1,580 households, and 1,322 families residing in the town. The population density was 185.7 people per square mile (71.7/km²). There were 1,622 housing units at an average density of 64.3/sq mi (24.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.29% White, 0.21% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.

There were 1,580 households out of which 44.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.1% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.3% were non-families. 11.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.22.

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