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Temple, New Hampshire

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Temple is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 1,366 at the 2010 census1 It is home to Temple Mountain State Reservation, and formerly home to Temple Mountain Ski Area


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


The area was first called Peterborough Slip, which included what is now Sharon In 1758, Maj Ephraim Heald and his wife Sarah, moved to Temple, They, along with his brother, Dea Peter Heald, and a cousin, Oliver Heald, were among the first settlers Peter Heald is generally considered to be the founder of Temple, and his child, Peter, was the first white child born in the town23 In 1768, it was incorporated by colonial Governor John Wentworth, who named it after his lieutenant governor, John Temple4 The town of Temple, Maine was in turn named for it5 Temple Glassworks was founded here in 1780 by Robert Hewes of Boston Although the company is long defunct, surviving examples of Temple glass are today rare and prized collectibles By 1859, the town's population was 579, when Temple had two sawmills, one gristmill, and a tannery6

Terrain is generally uneven and rocky It is also elevated, commanding distant views to the east and south6 As John Farmer and Jacob Bailey Moore wrote in 1823, "From the highest point of elevation, twenty meetinghouses may be seen when the atmosphere is clear"7


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 224 square miles 580 km2, of which 222 square miles 575 km2 is land and 02 square miles 05 km2 is water, comprising 096% of the town8 The highest point in Temple is 2,190 feet 670 m above sea level, on an eastern spur of South Pack Monadnock Mountain South of Route 101, 2,045-foot 623 m Temple Mountain forms the town's western boundary for several miles


Historical population
1790 747
1800 867 161%
1810 941 85%
1820 752 −201%
1830 647 −140%
1840 576 −110%
1850 579 05%
1860 501 −135%
1870 421 −160%
1880 492 169%
1890 342 −305%
1900 313 −85%
1910 284 −93%
1920 263 −74%
1930 239 −91%
1940 258 79%
1950 330 279%
1960 361 94%
1970 441 222%
1980 692 569%
1990 1,194 725%
2000 1,297 86%
2010 1,366 53%
Est 2015 1,389 17%
US Decennial Census10

As of the census11 of 2000, there were 1,297 people, 440 households, and 347 families residing in the town The population density was 558 people per square mile 215/km² There were 465 housing units at an average density of 200 per square mile 77/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9800% White, 031% African American, 031% Native American, 031% Asian, 054% from other races, and 054% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 069% of the population

There were 440 households out of which 423% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 675% were married couples living together, 66% had a female householder with no husband present, and 211% were non-families 164% of all households were made up of individuals and 52% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 291 and the average family size was 324

In the town, the population was spread out with 298% under the age of 18, 58% from 18 to 24, 307% from 25 to 44, 253% from 45 to 64, and 84% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 37 years For every 100 females there were 1027 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 1063 males

The median income for a household in the town was $56,500, and the median income for a family was $64,297 Males had a median income of $36,563 versus $29,545 for females The per capita income for the town was $21,897 About 28% of families and 64% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42% of those under age 18 and 45% of those age 65 or over


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ Blood, Henry Ames The History of Temple, New Hampshire, Geo C Rand & Avery, 1860
  3. ^ Stager, Helen and Stager, Evelyn A Family Odyssey, pp 343-4, Nicollet Press, Inc, Pipestone, MN, 1983
  4. ^ New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  5. ^ "Profile for Temple, Maine" ePodunk Retrieved 2010-04-18 
  6. ^ a b Coolidge, Austin J; John B Mansfield 1859 A History and Description of New England Boston, Massachusetts p 664 
  7. ^ John Farmer and Jacob Bailey Moore, editors; Collections, Topographical, Historical and Biographical, Relating Principally to New Hampshire; Volumes 1-3; 1823
  8. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 - Temple town, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau American Factfinder Retrieved November 14, 2011 
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 

External linksedit

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