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Plaistow, New Hampshire

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Plaistow is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 7,609 at the 2010 census1 The traditional pronunciation of the town name is /ˈplæstoʊ/ PLAS-toh, but the pronunciation /ˈplæstaʊ/ PLAS-tow is more common today


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


Plaistow Town Hall in late spring

Plaistow was officially established as a town in 1749 after the 1739 resolution of a long-running boundary dispute between the Province of Massachusetts Bay and the Province of New Hampshire2 It is the only town outside the United Kingdom with the name Plaistow In 1776 the western part of Plaistow became a separate town, Atkinson

The present town hall was built in 1895 Each year, the town celebrates "Old Home Day", with a parade, fireworks, and carnival-type atmosphere on the Town Hall Lawn to celebrate the town's anniversary


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1064 square miles 2755 km2, of which 001 square miles 002 km2, or 009%, are water1 The highest point in Plaistow is an unnamed summit at 384 feet 117 m above sea level near the town's northern end


Historical population
1790 521
1800 459 −119%
1810 424 −76%
1820 492 160%
1830 591 201%
1840 626 59%
1850 748 195%
1860 861 151%
1870 879 21%
1880 1,062 208%
1890 1,085 22%
1900 1,027 −53%
1910 1,173 142%
1920 1,368 166%
1930 1,366 −01%
1940 1,414 35%
1950 2,082 472%
1960 2,915 400%
1970 4,712 616%
1980 5,609 190%
1990 7,316 304%
2000 7,747 59%
2010 7,609 −18%
Est 2015 7,605 −01%
US Decennial Census4

As of the census5 of 2000, there were 7,747 people, 2,871 households, and 2,150 families residing in the town The population density was 7288 people per square mile 2814/km² There were 2,927 housing units at an average density of 2754 per square mile 1063/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9833% White, 021% African American, 010% Native American, 050% Asian, 030% from other races, and 056% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 132% of the population

There were 2,871 households out of which 356% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 601% were married couples living together, 107% had a female householder with no husband present, and 251% were non-families 191% of all households were made up of individuals and 60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 269 and the average family size was 310

In the town, the population was spread out with 258% under the age of 18, 70% from 18 to 24, 320% from 25 to 44, 250% from 45 to 64, and 101% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 37 years For every 100 females there were 957 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 949 males

The median income for a household in the town was $61,707, and the median income for a family was $66,852 Males had a median income of $45,756 versus $31,657 for females The per capita income for the town was $25,255 About 21% of families and 32% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14% of those under age 18 and 75% of those age 65 or over


Pollard Elementary School, May 2006

Plaistow is home to Timberlane Regional High School grades 9-12 and Timberlane Regional Middle School grades 6-8, which serve as middle and high school for the towns of Plaistow, Atkinson, Danville and Sandown Plaistow is also home to Pollard Elementary School, which serves only Plaistow children from kindergarten to grade 5

Timberlane Regional High School has had noticeable success in music, theatrical performance, wrestling,and softballcitation needed The school offers access to vocational programs at Salem High School and Pinkerton Academy Timberlane students participating in the program start during the 11th grade and spend two to three periods a day at either Salem or Pinkerton Upon graduation, the participating students receive an associate's degree along with a high school diploma

Economy and transportationedit

Plaistow's economy is centered along New Hampshire Route 125, a north-south road that connects the town with Haverhill, Massachusetts, to the south and Kingston, Epping, and Rochester, New Hampshire, to the north Local businesses and numerous large chain stores are located along Route 125, which has become known for problems with heavy traffic during weekday commuting and weekend shopping hours Route 125 intersects with Interstate 495 in Massachusetts 2 miles 3 km south of the center of Plaistow Commuters to Massachusetts are able to use a New Hampshire park and ride facility located on Westville Road, just east of Route 125

Route 121A runs north to south through the center of Plaistow, as a local route It crosses NH 125 north of the center of town and rejoins 125 at the south end of town, at the Massachusetts border NH 121A leads north through Hampstead and Sandown to Chester New Hampshire Route 108 runs north to south along the eastern edge of Plaistow, just 01 miles 016 km west of the Massachusetts border Route 108 leads north to Newton and Exeter and south to the center of Haverhill

Pan Am Railways formerly the Boston and Maine Railroad operates the main railroad line from Boston to Portland, Maine, which is utilized by Amtrak and by freight trains, running through Plaistow Passenger stations for the Amtrak Downeaster are available in Haverhill to the south and Exeter to the north A proposal has been made to extend existing MBTA commuter rail service from Boston through Haverhill into Plaistow, and is being studiedcitation needed

MVRTA bus 13 runs from the center of Haverhill to just south of the state border, where it stops on Route 125 While the bus does not allow people to get on or off in Plaistow, businesses close to the state border are within walking distance of the bus stop

Notable peopleedit

  • Thomas Toth, Canadian runner6


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001: Plaistow town, Rockingham County, New Hampshire" American Factfinder US Census Bureau Retrieved June 26, 2017 
  2. ^ "History" Plaistow Master Plan PDF Plaistow, New Hampshire 2005 Retrieved August 3, 2017 
  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. ^ "There's a new name that you've never heard of in Canadian running - Canadian Running Magazine" Runningmagazineca Retrieved 2017-04-28 

External linksedit

  • Town of Plaistow official website
  • Plaistow Public Library
  • Plaistow Historical Society
  • Timberlane Regional School District
  • NH Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau profile
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