Atkinson, New Hampshire


Atkinson is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 6,751 at the 2010 census2

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Arts and culture
    • 41 Museums and other points of interest
  • 5 Education
  • 6 Notable people
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Historyedit

Atkinson has a rich history, dating back to the American Revolution The community was incorporated 3 September34 1767,15 and was named after Colonel Theodore Atkinson,3 a local landowner6

Atkinson Academy, the second-oldest co-educational school in the country,7 was founded as a boys' school in 1787 by Reverend Stephen Peabody, General Nathaniel Peabody and Doctor William Cogswell; it began admitting girls in 1791 The school building burnt to the ground in 1802, and was rebuilt in 1803 at a cost of $2,500 That building remains a part of the Academy, with only four classrooms Other historic buildings, such the Atkinson Historical Society and Library, Rockwell School current police station, and many more, grace this southern New Hampshire town with their rich historical value and education of the history of the area

Relatives of former President John Quincy Adams live in Atkinson, along with famous politicians and businessmen Atkinson’s history can be read about in depth in the book Atkinson Then and Now, which can be purchased at the Atkinson Public Library on Academy Avenue

Geographyedit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 113 square miles 29 km2, of which 111 sq mi 29 km2 is land and 02 sq mi 052 km2 is water, comprising 142% of the town The highest point in Atkinson is Hog Hill, at 430 feet 130 m above sea level Atkinson lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed8

In 2011 the New Hampshire Scenic and Cultural Byways program named 374 miles of Main Street the "Stage Coach Byway"9

Demographicsedit

Census
Historical population
Pop
1790 479
1800 474 −10%
1810 556 173%
1820 563 13%
1830 555 −14%
1840 567 22%
1850 600 58%
1860 546 −90%
1870 488 −106%
1880 502 29%
1890 483 −38%
1900 442 −85%
1910 440 −05%
1920 413 −61%
1930 407 −15%
1940 434 66%
1950 492 134%
1960 1,017 1067%
1970 2,291 1253%
1980 4,397 919%
1990 5,188 180%
2000 6,178 191%
2010 6,751 93%
Est 2015 6,801 07%
US Decennial Census11

As of the census12 of 2000, there were 6,178 people, 2,317 households, and 1,777 families residing in the town The population density was 5552 people per square mile 2143/km² There were 2,431 housing units at an average density of 2185 per square mile 843/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9762% White, 026% African American, 006% Native American, 118% Asian, 021% from other races, and 066% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 070% of the population

There were 2,317 households out of which 325% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 688% were married couples living together, 57% had a female householder with no husband present, and 233% were non-families 190% of all households were made up of individuals and 64% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 266 and the average family size was 308

In the town, the population was spread out with 245% under the age of 18, 50% from 18 to 24, 284% from 25 to 44, 307% from 45 to 64, and 114% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 41 years For every 100 females there were 949 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 961 males

The median income for a household in the town was $69,729, and the median income for a family was $77,631 Males had a median income of $53,229 versus $34,760 for females The per capita income for the town was $30,412 About 23% of families and 33% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45% of those under age 18 and 22% of those age 65 or over

Arts and cultureedit

Museums and other points of interestedit

The Kimball House Museum was built in 1772 by Reverend Stephen Peabody It served as a medical office and town library before becoming a museum13

Educationedit

Atkinson Public Schools are part of the Timberlane Regional School District The district serves the communities of Atkinson, Danville, New Hampshire, Plaistow, New Hampshire and Sandown, New Hampshire The district has five elementary schools, a middle school and a high schoolStudents in Atkinson attend Atkinson Academy, Timberlane Regional Middle School, and Timberlane Regional High School1415

Notable peopleedit

  • Brad Delp 1951–2007, lead singer of Boston and RTZ16
  • John Noyes 1764–1841, member of the United States House of Representatives from Vermont
  • Elizabeth Barrows Ussher 1873-1915, Christian missionary and witness of the Armenian Genocide

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b "Atkinson, New Hampshire" City-Datacom Retrieved November 10, 2012 
  2. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  3. ^ a b Article in Statistics and Gazetteer of New-Hampshire 1875
  4. ^ Article in Hayward’s New England Gazetteer 1839
  5. ^ "Town of Atkinson New Hampshire" Town of Atkinson New Hampshire Retrieved November 10, 2012 
  6. ^ "Profile for Atkinson, New Hampshire, NH" ePodunk Retrieved November 10, 2012 
  7. ^ Montalto, Jim July 28, 2006 "School to many of Atkinson's own" The Eagle-Tribune Retrieved 2009-12-21 
  8. ^ Foster, Debra H; Batorfalvy, Tatianna N; Medalie, Laura 1995 Water Use in New Hampshire: An Activities Guide for Teachers US Department of the Interior and US Geological Survey 
  9. ^ Hogan, Cara August 3, 2011 "Atkinson's Main Street earns special designation" Eagle Tribune Retrieved April 24, 2013 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 2013-09-11 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  13. ^ "Kimball House Museum/Library History" Atkinson NH Historical Society Archived from the original on August 12, 2013 Retrieved November 10, 2012 
  14. ^ "Timberlane Regional School District" Timberlane Regional School District Retrieved November 10, 2012 
  15. ^ "Timberlane Regional School District" educationcom Retrieved November 10, 2012 
  16. ^ Pareles, Jon 2007-03-10 "Brad Delp, 55, Lead Singer for Boston, Dies" The New York Times ISSN 0362-4331 Retrieved 2016-03-30 

External linksedit

  • Town of Atkinson official website
  • AtkinsonWeathercom
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • Timberlane Regional School District
  • Atkinson Academy, Grades 1-5
  • Timberlane Regional Middle School, Grades 6-8, located in Plaistow
  • Timberlane Regional High School, Grades 9-12, located in Plaistow
  • City-Datacom
  • ePodunk: Profile for Atkinson, New Hampshire
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