Kensington, New Hampshire

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Kensington is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,893 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 2,110.[1]



Once a parish of Hampton, Kensington was incorporated in 1737 by Massachusetts Governor Jonathan Belcher, when New Hampshire was still part of that colonial province. Of the 27 towns granted by Governor Belcher, only 3 were given names, one of which was Kensington, named for Baron Kensington, owner of Kensington Palace in London.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31 km2), of which 11.9 sq mi (31 km2) is land and 0.08% is water. Kensington is home to 16 named hills of glacial drumlin origin; the highest, Indian Ground Hill, located on the town's border with South Hampton, is 305 feet (93 m) above sea level. Kensington lies almost fully within the Piscataqua River watershed, with the southwest corner of the town lying in the Merrimack River watershed.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,893 people, 657 households, and 532 families residing in the town. The population density was 158.4 people per square mile (61.2/km²). There were 672 housing units at an average density of 56.2/sq mi (21.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.31% White, 0.11% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.63% Asian, and 0.74% from two or more races.

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