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New Durham, New Hampshire

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New Durham is a town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 2,638 at the 2010 census1 It is drained by the Merrymeeting , Cocheco and Ela rivers, and is known for Merrymeeting Lake New Durham is home to the Powder Mill Fish Hatchery Also located here is the Lions Club's Camp Pride, a camp for children and adults with special needs

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 See also
  • 5 Notable people
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Historyedit

Granted by the Masonian Proprietors in 1749 as Cochecho Township, New Durham was settled in 1750 almost entirely by colonists from Durham It would be incorporated as New Durham on December 7, 1762 With a somewhat uneven and rocky surface, the town was better suited to grazing than cultivation Lumber became the chief article of trade, and by 1859 New Durham had five sawmills and four shingle mills It also had two gristmills, and a gunpowder factory called the Eureka Powder Works2 On September 19, 1849, the Cocheco Railroad opened through the town, connecting Dover with Alton Bay3

An early town minister, Reverend Benjamin Randall, founded a new religious denomination in 1780 called the Free Will Baptists, later known as Free Baptists The church has two buildings in the community, the older built in 1819 on New Durham Ridge2

Geographyedit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 441 square miles 114 km2, of which 415 sq mi 107 km2 is land and 26 sq mi 67 km2 is water, comprising 598% of the town4 It is drained by the Ela River , Merrymeeting River and the Cocheco River New Durham's highest point is 1,700 feet 520 m above sea level, on the western slope of Copple Crown Mountain, along the town's eastern border The mountain's 1,868-foot 569 m summit is in the neighboring town of Brookfield

New Durham is served by New Hampshire Route 11

Demographicsedit

Census
Historical population
Pop
1790 554
1800 742 339%
1810 888 197%
1820 1,168 315%
1830 1,162 −05%
1840 1,032 −112%
1850 1,049 16%
1860 1,173 118%
1870 973 −171%
1880 772 −207%
1890 579 −250%
1900 625 79%
1910 523 −163%
1920 462 −117%
1930 448 −30%
1940 433 −33%
1950 463 69%
1960 474 24%
1970 583 230%
1980 1,183 1029%
1990 1,974 669%
2000 2,220 125%
2010 2,638 188%
Est 2015 2,658 08%
US Decennial Census6

As of the census7 of 2000, there were 2,220 people, 819 households, and 630 families residing in the town The population density was 532 people per square mile 206/km² There were 1,309 housing units at an average density of 314 per square mile 121/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9815% White, 023% African American, 018% Native American, 054% Asian, 027% from other races, and 063% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 041% of the population

There were 819 households out of which 361% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 672% were married couples living together, 49% had a female householder with no husband present, and 230% were non-families 170% of all households were made up of individuals and 56% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 271 and the average family size was 305

In the town, the population was spread out with 273% under the age of 18, 43% from 18 to 24, 328% from 25 to 44, 249% from 45 to 64, and 107% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 38 years For every 100 females there were 1077 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 1065 males

The median income for a household in the town was $52,270, and the median income for a family was $52,941 Males had a median income of $35,574 versus $28,092 for females The per capita income for the town was $22,139 About 37% of families and 51% of the population were below the poverty line, including 59% of those under age 18 and 66% of those age 65 or over

See alsoedit

  • New Durham Meetinghouse and Pound
  • New Durham Town Hall

Notable peopleedit

  • Alfred M Jones, Midwest politician and businessman born in New Durham8
  • Benjamin Randall 1749–1808, minister

Referencesedit

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ a b Coolidge, Austin J; John B Mansfield 1859 A History and Description of New England Boston, Massachusetts pp 596–597 
  3. ^ Report of the Directors of the Boston & Maine Railroad to the Stockholders, September 12, 1849
  4. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 - New Durham town, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau American Factfinder Retrieved November 15, 2011 
  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. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1901,' Biographical Sketch of Alfred Miles Jones, pg 739

External linksedit

  • Town of New Durham official website
  • New Durham Public Library
  • PowderMill Snowmobile Club
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • First Free Will Baptist Church of America - New Durham
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