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Newington, New Hampshire

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Newington is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 753 at the 2010 census1 It is bounded to the west by Great Bay, northwest by Little Bay and northeast by the Piscataqua River It is home to Portsmouth International Airport at Pease formerly Pease Air Force Base, and to the New Hampshire National Guard The 110-acre 45 ha Old Town Center Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places


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


State historical marker

Originally a part of Dover, boundary disputes among early river settlers caused this area to be called Bloody Point2 By 1640, Trickey's Ferry operated between Bloody Point and Hilton's Point in Dover In 1712, the meetinghouse was erected and the parish set off, named Newington for an English village, whose residents sent the bell for the meetinghouse Behind the meetinghouse is a row of horse sheds, once commonplace but now rare About 1725 the parsonage was built near the Town Forest, considered one of the oldest in the America The town would be incorporated in 1764 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth In 1794, a bridge was completed across Little Bay from Fox Point in Newington to the south bank of the Bellamy River in Dover, by way of Goat Island—a major engineering feat in its day

In 1952, the House Armed Services Committee authorized acquiring by eminent domain large tracts to create Pease Air Force Base, which opened on June 30, 1956 Approximately 60% of the installation lay in Newington, including land in the town's center It would be, however, the first base recommended to be closed by the 1988 Commission on Base Realignment and Closure Military personnel in 1990 began leaving the base, which officially closed on March 31, 1991 Although the Air National Guard retained some property, the old base has been intensely redeveloped as the Pease International Tradeport, a business park3

In the 1970s and 1980s, commercial development from neighboring Portsmouth spread into Newington The Newington Mall opened in the 1970s replaced by the Crossings at Fox Run in the 2000s, followed by the Fox Run Mall


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 125 square miles 324 km2, of which 82 square miles 212 km2 is land and 42 square miles 109 km2 is water, comprising 3425% of the town4 The highest elevation in Newington is 130 feet 40 m above sea level, near Newington Cemetery

The town is crossed by US Route 4 and New Hampshire Route 16


Historical population
1790 542
1800 481 −113%
1810 508 56%
1820 541 65%
1830 549 15%
1840 543 −11%
1850 472 −131%
1860 475 06%
1870 414 −128%
1880 433 46%
1890 401 −74%
1900 390 −27%
1910 296 −241%
1920 398 345%
1930 381 −43%
1940 418 97%
1950 494 182%
1960 2,499 4059%
1970 798 −681%
1980 716 −103%
1990 990 383%
2000 775 −217%
2010 753 −28%
Est 2015 772 25%
US Decennial Census6

As of the census7 of 2000, there were 775 people, 294 households, and 209 families residing in the town The population density was 927 people per square mile 358/km² There were 305 housing units at an average density of 365 per square mile 141/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9600% White, 181% African American, 026% Native American, 103% Asian, and 090% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 181% of the population

There were 294 households out of which 282% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 595% were married couples living together, 68% had a female householder with no husband present, and 289% were non-families 218% of all households were made up of individuals and 82% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 255 and the average family size was 301

In the town, the population was spread out with 219% under the age of 18, 46% from 18 to 24, 284% from 25 to 44, 321% from 45 to 64, and 129% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 43 years For every 100 females there were 987 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 939 males

The median income for a household in the town was $59,464, and the median income for a family was $76,202 Males had a median income of $48,750 versus $30,250 for females The per capita income for the town was $30,172 About 50% of families and 46% of the population were below the poverty line, including 48% of those under age 18 and 53% of those age 65 or over


According to the 2016 Auditor's Report,8 the top business in Newington, ranked by assessed value, are:

  • EP Newington Energy a 575 megawatt electric power plant now owned by Carlyle Power Partners9
  • Eversource Energy power plant
  • Fox Run Joint Venture mall
  • SBAF Running Fox mall
  • Sprague & Sons materials handling services

Site of interestedit

  • Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Notable peopleedit

  • John Pickering, federal judge and Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court
  • Louis de Rochemont, filmmaker


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ A J Coolidge & J B Mansfield, A History and Description of New England; Boston, Massachusetts 1859
  3. ^ History of Pease International Tradeport
  4. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 - Newington 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. ^ "Town of Newington, NH - Town Report Year Ending December 31, 2016" PDF Town of Newington, NH February 17, 2017 p 64 Retrieved 13 March 2017 
  9. ^ "The Carlyle Group to Acquire Power Generation Portfolio from IFM Investors" Carlylecom Retrieved 13 March 2017 

External linksedit

  • Town of Newington official website
  • Langdon Public Library
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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