Chichester, New Hampshire

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Chichester is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 2,236 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 2,535.[1]



Chichester was granted in 1727, named for Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Earl of Chichester, and England's Secretary of State for the Southern Department.

Notable inhabitants


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.2 square miles (55 km2), of which 21.1 sq mi (55 km2) is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.26 km2) is water, comprising 0.52% of the town. The highest point in Chichester is an unnamed summit at 1,015 feet (309 m) above sea level, midway between Garvin Hill—985 ft (300 m)—to the east and Plausawa Hill—1,000 ft (300 m)—to the west in neighboring Pembroke. All three summits are less than one mile apart. Chichester lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,236 people, 823 households, and 637 families residing in the town. The population density was 106.1 people per square mile (41.0/km²). There were 849 housing units at an average density of 40.3/sq mi (15.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.17% White, 0.18% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.

There were 823 households out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.6% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.04.

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