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Lee, New Hampshire

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Lee is a town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 4,330 at the 2010 census1 The town is a rural farm and bedroom community, being close to the University of New Hampshire


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Notable people
  • 5 Sites of interest
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Settled in 1657, Lee was originally part of the extensive early Dover township It includes Wheelwright Pond, named for the Reverend John Wheelwright, the founder of Exeter

Wheelwright Pond was the site of a noted early battle during King William's War Indians, incited by the government of New France, attacked Exeter on July 4, 1690 They were pursued by two infantry companies raised for the purpose, who overtook them at Wheelwright Pond on July 6, 1690 Fierce fighting on that day would leave 3 officers and 15 soldiers dead, together with a large number of Indians Among the dead were Captain Noah Wiswall, Lieutenant Gershom Flagg, and Ensign Edward Walker of the Massachusetts Bay Colony234

In 1735, Durham, which included Lee, separated from Dover Then Lee, in turn, would separate from Durham on January 16, 1766 when it was established by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth It was among the last of 129 towns to receive a charter during his administration, and named for British General Charles Lee, who later joined the American Revolution

Lee is hometown for numerous faculty of the University of New Hampshire in Durham In 2007 the US Postal Service assigned the town its own ZIP code – 038615


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 202 square miles 523 km2, of which 200 sq mi 518 km2 is land and 02 sq mi 05 km2 is water, comprising 104% of the town The town is drained by the Lamprey River, North River and Oyster River Lee lies fully within the Piscataqua River Coastal watershed6 The highest point in Lee is 272 feet 83 m above sea level, atop an unnamed hill southwest of the town center


Historical population
1790 1,029
1800 978 −50%
1810 1,329 359%
1820 1,224 −79%
1830 1,009 −176%
1840 906 −102%
1850 862 −49%
1860 871 10%
1870 776 −109%
1880 715 −79%
1890 606 −152%
1900 545 −101%
1910 479 −121%
1920 475 −08%
1930 376 −208%
1940 481 279%
1950 575 195%
1960 931 619%
1970 1,481 591%
1980 2,111 425%
1990 3,729 766%
2000 4,145 112%
2010 4,330 45%
Est 2015 4,391 14%
US Decennial Census8

As of the census9 of 2000, there were 4,145 people, 1,466 households, and 1,092 families residing in the town The population density was 2078 people per square mile 802/km² There were 1,534 housing units at an average density of 769 per square mile 297/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9602% White, 055% African American, 022% Native American, 157% Asian, 019% Pacific Islander, 039% from other races, and 106% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 118% of the population

There were 1,466 households out of which 452% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 614% were married couples living together, 86% had a female householder with no husband present, and 255% were non-families 177% of all households were made up of individuals and 44% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 281 and the average family size was 320

In the town, the population was spread out with 309% under the age of 18, 73% from 18 to 24, 317% from 25 to 44, 230% from 45 to 64, and 71% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 35 years For every 100 females there were 1004 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 985 males

The median income for a household in the town was $57,993, and the median income for a family was $62,330 Males had a median income of $41,354 versus $29,651 for females The per capita income for the town was $23,905 About 43% of families and 51% of the population were below the poverty line, including 58% of those under age 18 and 58% of those age 65 or over

Notable peopleedit

  • Julian Barry, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter for the film Lenny, based on his Broadway hit play of the same namecitation needed
  • Tom Bergeron,10 television personality
  • Daniel Meserve Durell 1769–1841, US congressman; born in Lee11
  • Robert Eggers, director of The Witch 2015 film12
  • Ralph Fletcher, author; currently lives in Leecitation needed
  • Robert Parker Parrott 1804–1877, American soldier and inventor of military ordnance
  • Barry Scott of The Lost 45s, syndicated radio personality13

Sites of interestedit

  • Bedrock Gardens
  • Lee Historical Society & Museum
  • Lee USA Speedway, a NASCAR track where several scenes of Days of Thunder starring Tom Cruise were filmedcitation needed


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ Old East Parish Burying Ground: 1st Settlers Monument Archived 2008-01-23 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Newton Centre Improvement Association 1911 A Comprehensive Historical Sketch of Crystal Lake in Newton Centre, Massachusetts PDF Boston, Massachusetts: Stetson Press p 6 Retrieved 2010-03-06 
  4. ^ Samuel Francis Smith 1880 History of Newton, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts: The American Logotype Company p 187 Retrieved 2010-03-09 
  5. ^ "New Zip Code for Lee, New Hampshire" Senator Gregg website 2007-06-11 Archived from the original on 2007-07-03 Retrieved 2007-07-09 
  6. ^ 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 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Archived from the original on June 2, 2016 Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  10. ^ "New Hampshire People" NewHampshirecom Retrieved 2008-03-26 
  11. ^ "DURELL, Daniel Meserve, 1769 - 1841" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved December 5, 2013 
  12. ^ "'The Witch' Director Inspired by Southern New Hampshire Scenery" 1021 & 1053 The Shark Retrieved 2016-08-18 
  13. ^ "The Lost 45s" Retrieved January 29, 2013 

External linksedit

  • Town of Lee official website
  • Lee Public Library
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • History of Lee, New Hampshire 1882
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