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Barrington, New Hampshire

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Barrington is a town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 8,576 at the 2010 census1 The town is a woodland, farm and bedroom community


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Education
  • 5 Site of interest
  • 6 Notable people
  • 7 References
  • 8 Further reading
  • 9 External links


Barrington was incorporated in 1722 and named for Samuel Shute of Barrington Hall, colonial governor of Massachusetts and New Hampshire His brother was John Shute Barrington, 1st Viscount Barrington

The town was made up of two grants, the first containing all of Strafford and present-day Barrington except for a parcel two miles wide called New Portsmouth, or the Two Mile Streak This second grant had been set aside to provide fuel and home sites for imported workers at the Lamprey River Iron Works, chartered in 1719 by the Massachusetts General Court to encourage industrial development in the province

Slow at first to be settled because of rocky soil, Barrington by 1810 had 3,564 residents, then the state's third largest town, its primary industry the smelting of iron ore The Isinglass River, together with its tributaries, provided water power for grist, fulling and saw mills In 1820, Strafford was set off from Barrington, reducing its land area by about half, because of lengthy travel required to attend town meetings

In 1882, the Reverend Alonzo Hall Quint writes:

"Of those towns in the state whose scenery is somewhat quiet, one of the most beautiful is Barrington"

Indeed, the town's attractive natural features, including rivers, brooks, waterfalls and not less than 14 ponds, are summarized by the name of a 374-foot 114 meter summit: Beauty Hill Barrington is bisected by the Calef Highway Route 125, named for a state senator from the 1800s whose family also founded the locally famous general store founded in 1869


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 485 square miles 126 km2, of which 466 sq mi 121 km2 of it is land and 19 sq mi 49 km2 is water, comprising 398% of the town Barrington is drained by the Isinglass River and Bellamy River Swains Lake and Mendum's Pond are in the south The highest point in town is an unnamed summit near its western border, measuring 610 feet 190 m above sea level The highest named summit is Bumfagging Hill, at 601 ft 183 m Barrington lies fully within the Piscataqua River Coastal watershed2

The commercial center of town is the village of East Barrington, centered on the junction of state routes 9 and 125


Historical population
1790 2,470
1800 2,773 123%
1810 3,564 285%
1820 1,610 −548%
1830 1,895 177%
1840 1,845 −26%
1850 1,752 −50%
1860 1,963 120%
1870 1,581 −195%
1880 1,497 −53%
1890 1,408 −59%
1900 1,208 −142%
1910 900 −255%
1920 616 −316%
1930 613 −05%
1940 780 272%
1950 1,052 349%
1960 1,036 −15%
1970 1,865 800%
1980 4,404 1361%
1990 6,164 400%
2000 7,475 213%
2010 8,576 147%
Est 2015 8,842 31%
US Decennial Census4
Old Post Office East Barrington c 1910

As of the census5 of 2000, there were 7,475 people, 2,756 households, and 2,075 families residing in the town The population density was 1605 people per square mile 619/km² There were 3,147 housing units at an average density of 676 per square mile 261/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9811% White, 025% African American, 013% Native American, 041% Asian, 005% Pacific Islander, 023% from other races, and 080% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 092% of the population

There were 2,756 households out of which 388% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 646% were married couples living together, 65% had a female householder with no husband present, and 247% were non-families 169% of all households were made up of individuals and 43% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 271 and the average family size was 307

Winkley's Pond c 1915

In the town, the population was spread out with 275% under the age of 18, 57% from 18 to 24, 351% from 25 to 44, 247% from 45 to 64, and 70% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 37 years For every 100 females there were 1041 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 1017 males

The median income for a household in the town was $50,630, and the median income for a family was $56,136 Males had a median income of $39,098 versus $27,956 for females The per capita income for the town was $21,012 About 36% of families and 55% of the population were below the poverty line, including 70% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over


The Barrington School District serves town children from pre-K through grade 8, at the Early Childhood Learning Center ECLC, Barrington Elementary School and the Barrington Middle School Students of high school age attend schools in neighboring communities, including Dover High School, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, Oyster River High School or St Thomas Aquinas High School

Site of interestedit

  • Mendum's Pond

Notable peopleedit

  • John Buzzell, Free Will Baptist preacher and writer
  • Paul Frase, American pro-football player New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, co-founder Joshua Frase Foundation
  • Frank Jones, brewer, hotelier, and US congressman
  • Jillian Wheeler, singer, songwriter and actresscitation needed


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ 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 
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 2013-09-11 Retrieved 2008-01-31 

Further readingedit

  • Rev Alonzo Hall Quint, "Daniel Hall," Sketches of Successful New Hampshire Men 1882, pub John Badger Clarke, Manchester, New Hampshire

External linksedit

  • Town of Barrington official website
  • Barrington Public Library
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • Greater Barrington Chamber of Commerce
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