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Pittsfield, New Hampshire

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Pittsfield is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 4,106 at the 2010 census2

The central village in town, where 1,576 people resided at the 2010 census,2 is defined as the Pittsfield census-designated place CDP, and is located on the Suncook River near the junction of New Hampshire routes 28 and 107

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
    • 31 Town center
  • 4 Artistic tributes
  • 5 Notable people
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Historyedit

Main Street, looking east, in 1906

For many years prior to its 1782 incorporation,3 this town was an unnamed parish of Chichester Like Pittsburg in the north, Pittsfield was named for William Pitt, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and a great friend of the Colonies prior to the American Revolution4 The town was settled in 1768 by several families originally from Hampton Founder John Cram built grist and sawmills here in the late 18th century Since 1901, Globe Manufacturing has made protective clothing for firefighters here5

The town claimed the Guinness World Record in July, 2001, as the place where the most number of people wore Groucho Marx glasses at the same time 522 Before Pittsfield's attempt, no other town had tried to set the record

Geographyedit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 241 square miles 62 km2, of which 239 sq mi 62 km2 is land and 03 sq mi 078 km2 is water, comprising 113% of the town6 Pittsfield is drained by the Suncook River The highest point in town is the summit of Catamount Mountain, at 1,331 feet 406 m above sea level, southeast of the town center

The town center, or census-designated place, has a total area of 16 sq mi 41 km2, all of it land

Demographicsedit

Census
Historical population
Pop
1790 888
1800 987 111%
1810 1,050 64%
1820 1,178 122%
1830 1,271 79%
1840 1,719 352%
1850 1,828 63%
1860 1,838 05%
1870 1,600 −129%
1880 1,974 234%
1890 2,605 320%
1900 2,129 −183%
1910 2,222 44%
1920 1,914 −139%
1930 2,018 54%
1940 2,183 82%
1950 2,321 63%
1960 2,419 42%
1970 2,517 41%
1980 2,889 148%
1990 3,701 281%
2000 3,931 62%
2010 4,106 45%
Est 2015 4,074 −08%
US Decennial Census8
Union Block and Congregational church

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,931 people, 1,498 households, and 1,056 families residing in the town The population density was 1668 people per square mile 644/km² There were 1,569 housing units at an average density of 257 persons/km² 666 persons/sq mi The racial makeup of the town was 9738% White, 038% African American, 013% Native American, 010% Asian, 000% Pacific Islander, 025% from other races, and 176% from two or more races 114% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race

There were 1,498 households out of which 356% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 520% were married couples living together, 134% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 295% were non-families 226% of all households were made up of individuals and 77% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 262 and the average family size was 305

Suncook River in 1908

In the town, the population was spread out with 282% under the age of 18, 81% from 18 to 24, 323% from 25 to 44, 211% from 45 to 64, and 104% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 35 years For every 100 females there were 934 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 932 males

The median income for a household in the town was $38,833, and the median income for a family was $44,233 Males had a median income of $31,726 versus $24,750 for females The per capita income for the town was $21,082 88% of the population and 68% of families were below the poverty line Out of the total people living in poverty, 116% are under the age of 18 and 66% are 65 or older

Town centeredit

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,669 people, 671 households, and 434 families residing in the central village, or census-designated place The population density was 1,0293 people per square mile 3978/km² There were 699 housing units at an average density of 1666 persons/km² 4311 persons/sq mi The racial makeup of the district was 9718% White, 024% African American, 024% Native American, 006% Asian, 000% Pacific Islander, 012% from other races, and 216% from two or more races 168% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race

There were 671 households out of which 353% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 435% were married couples living together, 154% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 353% were non-families 283% of all households were made up of individuals and 104% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 249 and the average family size was 302

In the village the population was spread out with 284% under the age of 18, 87% from 18 to 24, 306% from 25 to 44, 205% from 45 to 64, and 119% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 34 years For every 100 females there were 894 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 891 males

The median income for a household in the district was $33,194, and the median income for a family was $43,690 Males had a median income of $28,988 versus $22,250 for females The per capita income is $17,845 117% of the population and 106% of families were below the poverty line Out of the total people living in poverty, 137% are under the age of 18 and 108% are 65 or older

Artistic tributesedit

In 1934, the American composer Alan Hovhaness 1911–2000, who spent time with his maternal family members specifically the family of the Reverend Walter Scott, his grandfather in Pittsfield during his youth, wrote a fantasy for cello and piano entitled Legend of the Sunkook sic Valley Op 1, no 4

Notable peopleedit

  • John M Berry, Minnesota Supreme Court justice and legislator born in Pittsfield9
  • Warren Chase, American pioneer, reformer, and politician, co-founder of Ripon College10
  • Ebenezer Knowlton, congressman from Maine, Free Will Baptist minister, and co-founder of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine11
  • John Swett, founder of the California public school system12
  • Harrison R Thyng, US Air Force general and World War II flying ace13

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "Town of Pittsfield, New Hampshire" Town of Pittsfield, New Hampshire Retrieved August 26, 2012 
  2. ^ a b United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  3. ^ "Pittsfield, New Hampshire" City-Datacom Retrieved August 26, 2012 
  4. ^ "Profile for Pittsfield, New Hampshire, NH" ePodunk Retrieved August 26, 2012 
  5. ^ "The Globe Story" Globe Holding Company, LLC Retrieved August 26, 2012 
  6. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 - Pittsfield town, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau American Factfinder Retrieved November 14, 2011 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  9. ^ Minnesota State Law Library-John M Berry
  10. ^ "Term: Chase, Warren 1813 - 1891" Wisconsin Historical Society Retrieved August 26, 2012 
  11. ^ "Knowlton, Ebenezer, 1815 - 1874" Biographical Directory of the United StatesCongress Retrieved August 26, 2012 
  12. ^ "John Swett 1830-1913" The Encyclopediacom Retrieved August 26, 2012 
  13. ^ "Brigadier General Harrison R Thyng" US Air Force Retrieved April 5, 2016 

External linksedit

  • Town of Pittsfield official website
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile

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