Epsom, New Hampshire

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Epsom is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,021 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 4,664.[1]

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History

Incorporated in 1727, Epsom takes its name from Epsom, England. Although dotted with several small mountains, the land was suitable for grazing and growing grain. By 1859, when the town's population was 1,366, it had two gristmills and two sawmills. [2]

Epsom was home to Major Andrew McClary, highest ranking officer to fall in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Fort McClary in Kittery, Maine is named in his honor.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 34.4 square miles (89 km2), of which 34.2 sq mi (89 km2) is land and 0.2 sq mi (0.52 km2) is water, comprising 0.58% of the town. The highest point in Epsom is the summit of Fort Mountain, at 1,413 feet (431 m) above sea level, in the eastern part of town. Other neighboring small mountains in town include McCoy Mountain—1,270 ft (390 m)—and Nats Mountain—1,180 ft (360 m). The town is drained by the Suncook River. Epsom lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.[3]

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,021 people, 1,491 households, and 1,103 families residing in the town. The population density was 117.7 people per square mile (45.4/km²). There were 1,592 housing units at an average density of 46.6/sq mi (18.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.63% White, 0.10% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.45% of the population.

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