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New Boston, New Hampshire

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New Boston is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 5,321 at the 2010 census1 New Boston is home to the annual Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair and the Molly Stark Cannon


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Education
  • 5 Politics
  • 6 Culture
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


The town was first granted in 1736 by colonial governor Jonathan Belcher of Massachusetts and New Hampshire At the time, lands to the west of the Merrimack River, disputed between the two provinces, were treated by Belcher as part of Massachusetts, and he granted the town to several Boston families It was to have been called Lanestown or Piscataquog Township, but by 1751 they called it New Boston after their hometown Not all the grantees took up their claims, and the land was regranted 10 years later to settlers from Londonderry When the town was incorporated in 1763, Governor Benning Wentworth formally recognized the long-used name of New Boston2

In 1820, the town had 25 sawmills, six grain mills, two clothing mills, two carding mills, two tanneries and a bark mill It also had 14 schoolhouses and a tavern The Great Village Fire of 1887, which started when a spark from a cooper's shop set a barn on fire, destroyed nearly 40 buildings in the lower village In 1893, the railroad came to New Boston, and farm produce was sent by rail to city markets3The train line was abandoned in the mid-1970s, and the former rail bed is today a walking path

The town is home to the 2,800-acre 1,100 ha New Boston Air Force Station, which started as an Army Air Corps bombing range in 1942 By 1960, it had become a US Air Force base for tracking military satellites New Boston was also home to the Gravity Research Foundation from the late 1940s through the mid-1960s Founder Roger Babson placed it in New Boston because he believed it safe from nuclear fallout should New York or Boston be attacked

Dodge's Store, in the center of town, was established in 1872 and was owned and operated by five generations of the Dodge family until 1994 Clarence H Dodge started the family business, and ownership remained in the Dodge family until Malcom J Dodge sold the business in 1994 due to a downturn in the economy The store closed on August 29, 2011, due to the owner's financial problems, but has since been reopened under new ownership4


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 432 square miles 112 km2, of which 428 square miles 111 km2 is land and 04 square miles 10 km2 is water, comprising 088% of the town New Boston is drained by the South Branch Piscataquog River Joe English Hill, elevation 1,285 feet 392 m above sea level and the highest point in the town, is in the south


Historical population
1790 1,202
1800 1,491 240%
1810 1,619 86%
1820 1,686 41%
1830 1,680 −04%
1840 1,570 −65%
1850 1,477 −59%
1860 1,369 −73%
1870 1,241 −93%
1880 1,144 −78%
1890 1,067 −67%
1900 1,002 −61%
1910 982 −20%
1920 768 −218%
1930 693 −98%
1940 773 115%
1950 865 119%
1960 925 69%
1970 1,390 503%
1980 1,928 387%
1990 3,214 667%
2000 4,138 287%
2010 5,321 286%
Est 2015 5,491 32%
US Decennial Census6

As of the census7 of 2000, there were 4,138 people, 1,434 households, and 1,162 families residing in the town The population density was 966 people per square mile 373/km² There were 1,462 housing units at an average density of 341 per square mile 132/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9802% White, 036% African American, 010% Native American, 036% Asian, 031% from other races, and 085% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 063% of the population

There were 1,434 households out of which 444% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 703% were married couples living together, 75% had a female householder with no husband present, and 189% were non-families 124% of all households were made up of individuals and 26% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 288 and the average family size was 315

In the town, the population was spread out with 304% under the age of 18, 47% from 18 to 24, 335% from 25 to 44, 264% from 45 to 64, and 50% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 36 years For every 100 females there were 1002 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 996 males

The median income for a household in the town was $66,020, and the median income for a family was $69,458 Males had a median income of $47,173 versus $32,417 for females The per capita income for the town was $26,488 About 31% of families and 43% of the population were below the poverty line, including 57% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over


New Boston is part of School Administrative Unit 19, along with Dunbarton and Goffstown New Boston Central School provides public elementary school through grade six for town residents Students subsequently attend Mountain View Middle School in Goffstown through eighth grade, followed by Goffstown High School


New Boston is part of New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district,8 represented by Democrat Ann McLane Kuster New Boston's town administrator is Peter Flynn as of September 2011


New Boston's fairgrounds are host to several events each year, including the Hillsborough County Fair, which usually takes place in September The fair helps to preserve the agricultural roots of the area, and families can enjoy rides, exhibits, and the famous tractor pull9

The Fourth of July celebration is one of the larger productions in the area, starting with a parade featuring an assortment of floats created by locals, marching bands, and emergency vehicles, winding through the center of town and ending at the fairgrounds The annual firing of the Molly Stark cannon also takes place


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ Cogswell, Elliott Colby 1864 History of New Boston, New Hampshire Boston: Press of G C Rand & Avery 
  3. ^ Coolidge, Austin J; John B Mansfield 1859 A History and Description of New England Boston, Massachusetts p 593 
  4. ^ Cabinetcom "Town tradition comes to an end"
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  8. ^ "New Hampshire’s Representatives - Congressional District Maps NH" GovTrackus 1999-02-22 Retrieved 2011-04-16 
  9. ^ "Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair | September 11th – 13th, 2015" hcafaircom Retrieved 2015-10-14 

External linksedit

  • Town of New Boston official website
  • Whipple Free Library
  • New Boston Historical Society
  • New Boston's First Settler, Thomas Smith
  • Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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