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Brentwood, New Hampshire

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Brentwood is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 4,4861 Brentwood has been the county seat of Rockingham County2 since 1997 It is drained by the Piscassic, Little and Exeter rivers


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Notable person
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Long before Europeans settled the area, Brentwood was home to the Pennacook Abenaki tribes which farmed, fished and hunted there Two main foot trails ran through the town, one along the Exeter River, where arrowheads and other stone and wooden artifacts have been found At Pickpocket Dam, this pathway joined with the historic Pentucket Trail leading to Haverhill, Massachusetts, or points north

The town was once a part of Exeter known as Brentwood Parish It was named after Brentwood, Essex, originally called "Burnt Wood", where, in 1177, King Henry II granted permission for 40 acres 160,000 m2 of the king's forest to be cut, burned and cultivated As early as 1738, residents living in the southwestern portion of Exeter, now Brentwood and Fremont, petitioned to be set off, but were denied On 26 June 1742,3 however, permission was granted, and Brentwood was incorporated by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth

But almost from the beginning, a dispute arose between districts regarding the placement of a meetinghouse It divided the community Consequently, Gov Wentworth, acting without approval of the General Assembly, in 1744 issued a King's Patent to establish a new town within Brentwood called Keeneborough Parish, named after his friend, Sir Benjamin Keene 1697–1757, English minister to Spain Factions reconciled in 1750, when Keeneborough reunited with Brentwood

Mills along the rivers produced lumber and manufactured goods in the early days, although the community would shift towards the cultivation of agriculture It is now predominantly residential

Brentwood was marginally involved in the Exeter incident, a UFO sighting in 1965 While the main incident was reported in nearby Kensington, a young Brentwood couple, Jack Sidoway and Lindsey Webb, also reported having seen lights while parked out in a field They claimed that these lights followed them as they got out of their car and ran through a field in order to "try to get away from the lights" It is thoughtby whom that their claims were not taken seriously due to their age Also as this account is from Brentwood and not Exeter it was not included in the official Exeter documents, and as such were overlooked4


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 170 square miles 440 km2, of which 168 square miles 434 km2 is land and 023 square miles 06 km2 is water, comprising 130% of the town1 The highest point in Brentwood is Great Hill, at 275 feet 84 m above sea level, whose summit is in the southeast corner of the town The town is drained by the Exeter River and its tributaries Brentwood lies fully within the Piscataqua River Coastal watershed5


Historical population
1790 976
1800 899 −79%
1810 905 07%
1820 892 −14%
1830 891 −01%
1840 888 −03%
1850 923 39%
1860 887 −39%
1870 895 09%
1880 999 116%
1890 967 −32%
1900 957 −10%
1910 759 −207%
1920 685 −97%
1930 725 58%
1940 720 −07%
1950 819 138%
1960 1,072 309%
1970 1,468 369%
1980 2,004 365%
1990 2,590 292%
2000 3,197 234%
2010 4,486 403%
Est 2015 4,731 55%
US Decennial Census7

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,486 people, 1,319 households, and 1,087 families residing in the town The population density was 2670 people per square mile 1034/km² There were 1,350 housing units at an average density of 804 per square mile 311/km² The racial makeup of the town was 963% White, 07% African American, 01% Native American, 10% Asian, 01% Pacific Islander, 05% some other race, and 13% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15% of the population8

There were 1,319 households, out of which 462% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 716% were headed by married couples living together, 71% had a female householder with no husband present, and 176% were non-families 140% of all households were made up of individuals, and 59% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 302, and the average family size was 3338

In the town, the population was spread out with 266% under the age of 18, 72% from 18 to 24, 240% from 25 to 44, 288% from 45 to 64, and 134% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 411 years For every 100 females there were 1061 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 1066 males8

For the period 2007-2011, the estimated median annual income for a household in the town was $110,250, and the median income for a family was $111,650 Male full-time workers had a median income of $69,565 versus $55,000 for females The per capita income for the town was $37,385 About 10% of families and 22% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32% of those under age 18 and 04% of those age 65 or over9

Notable personedit

  • Ted King b 1983, professional cyclist
  • Joshua Smith 1760–1795, author and ministercitation needed


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001: Brentwood town, Rockingham County, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau, American Factfinder Retrieved January 31, 2013 
  2. ^ "Find a County" National Association of Counties Archived from the original on 2011-06-15 Retrieved 2011-06-07 
  3. ^ Article in Statistics and Gazetteer of New-Hampshire 1875
  4. ^ Art Champoux December 5, 2007 "Incident At Exeter: Facts you might not have known, Part I" UFO Digest Retrieved February 1, 2013 
  5. ^ 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 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  8. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data DP-1: Brentwood town, Rockingham County, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau, American Factfinder Retrieved February 1, 2013 
  9. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates DP03: Brentwood town, Rockingham County, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau, American Factfinder Retrieved February 1, 2013 

External linksedit

  • Town of Brentwood official website
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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