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Pembroke, New Hampshire

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Pembroke is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 7,115 at the 2010 census1 Pembroke includes part of the village of Suncook The center of population of New Hampshire is located in Pembroke2


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


Main Street in Suncook, c 1910

First granted in 1728, the town was known as "Lovewell's Town", in honor of Captain John Lovewell, who built the stockade at Ossipee Shortly afterward, the town took the name of "Suncook", the Pennacook Abenaki name for the river flowing through the area When the town was incorporated in 1759 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, it was given the name "Pembroke" in honor of Henry Herbert, ninth Earl of Pembroke in southern Wales

Pembroke's early history is reflected in the various mills of the downtown area, located to use water power from the Suncook River The better-known mills were the Pembroke Mills, Webster Manufacturing and China Manufacturing, all producing print cloth Pembroke industries included brickmaking, with bricks manufactured from clay along the Merrimack River In 1852, the Concord and Portsmouth Railroad established a station in Pembroke


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 230 square miles 596 km2, of which 228 sq mi 591 km2 is land and 02 sq mi 05 km2 is water, comprising 070% of the town Pembroke is drained by the Suncook, Soucook and Merrimack rivers The highest point in town, Plausawa Hill, elevation 1,000 feet 305 m above sea level, is in the north


Historical population
1790 956
1800 982 27%
1810 1,153 174%
1820 1,256 89%
1830 1,312 45%
1840 1,336 18%
1850 1,733 297%
1860 1,313 −242%
1870 2,518 918%
1880 2,797 111%
1890 3,172 134%
1900 3,183 03%
1910 3,062 −38%
1920 2,563 −163%
1930 2,792 89%
1940 2,769 −08%
1950 3,094 117%
1960 3,514 136%
1970 4,261 213%
1980 4,861 141%
1990 6,561 350%
2000 6,897 51%
2010 7,115 32%
Est 2015 7,121 01%
US Decennial Census4
Suncook House c 1907

As of the census5 of 2000, there were 6,897 people, 2,661 households, and 1,876 families residing in the town The population density was 3021 people per square mile 1166/km² There were 2,734 housing units at an average density of 1198 per square mile 462/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9784% White, 038% African American, 026% Native American, 038% Asian, 003% from other races, and 112% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 043% of the population

There were 2,661 households out of which 373% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 557% were married couples living together, 104% had a female householder with no husband present, and 295% were non-families 230% of all households were made up of individuals and 73% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 259 and the average family size was 306

China Mills in 1909

In the town, the population was spread out with 269% under the age of 18, 69% from 18 to 24, 331% from 25 to 44, 231% from 45 to 64, and 99% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 37 years For every 100 females there were 983 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 945 males

The median income for a household in the town was $49,494, and the median income for a family was $57,106 Males had a median income of $37,786 versus $26,781 for females The per capita income for the town was $20,800 About 30% of families and 54% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32% of those under age 18 and 109% of those age 65 or over


There are currently four public schools in Pembroke The Village School is located in the village of Suncook and houses kindergarten and first grade The Hill School is attended by children in the second, third, and fourth grades Three Rivers School, named after the three rivers that form most of the borders of the town, was built in the early 1990s and contains fifth through eighth grade The town's high school is Pembroke Academy, founded in 1818 as a private school The school today is public and takes students from Pembroke and from the neighboring towns of Allenstown, Epsom, Chichester, and historically, Deerfield With approximately 1,000 students, the school is Class I in athletics, the second highest class, and the mascot of the school is the Spartan

Notable peopleedit

  • Robert E Cochran 1810–1836, Alamo defender, born in Pembroke; Cochran County, Texas, is named after him67
  • Byron M Cutcheon 1836-1908, American Civil War officer and US Congressman8
  • Brian Foster b 1987, ice hockey goaltender, plays for the Stockton Thunder9
  • Thomas W Knox 1835-1896, journalist and author, New York Herald correspondent during the American Civil War9
  • Megan McTavish b 1949, soap opera writer; Daytime Emmy winner All My Children, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, General Hospital9
  • Caleb Scofield, bassist and singer, plays for alternative metal band Cave In9
  • Plausawa c1700–1754, Native American; Plausawa Hill and a golf course are named after him10
  • Caleb Stark 1759–1838, Revolutionary War era officer; son of Gen John Stark11


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ "State Centers of Population by Year: 2010" US Census Bureau Retrieved January 7, 2015 
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  6. ^ "2011 marks 175th anniversary of famed Alamo siege" The Telegraph Retrieved March 21, 2014 
  7. ^ "COCHRAN, ROBERT E" Texas State Historical Association Retrieved March 21, 2014 
  8. ^ "CUTCHEON, Byron M, 1836 - 1908" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved March 21, 2014 
  9. ^ a b c d "Pembroke, New Hampshire" City-Datacom Retrieved March 21, 2014 
  10. ^ Browne, George Waldo 1908 Granite State Magazine, Volume 5 Granite State Publishing Company p 298 
  11. ^ Carter, Nathan Franklin and Fowler, Trueworthy Ladd 1895 History of Pembroke, N H: 1730-1895, Volume 1 Republican Press Association p 352 

External linksedit

  • Town of Pembroke official website
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • School Administrative Unit #53
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