Pelham, NH

Pelham was split from Old Dunstable in 1741, when the border between Massachusetts and New Hampshire was settled. It was incorporated in 1746. The town is named after Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle.[2]

[edit] Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 27.0 square miles (69.9 km2), of which 26.4 sq mi (68.4 km2) is land and 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2) is water, comprising 1.93% of the town. The highest point in Pelham is Jeremy Hill, at 577 feet (176 m) above sea level. The town contains the southernmost point in the state of New Hampshire, at  , as the northern boundary of Massachusetts runs slightly northwest from Pelham.[3]

 

[edit] Demographics

Historical populations
CensusPop. 
1790 791  
1800 918   16.1%
1810 998   8.7%
1820 1,040   4.2%
1830 1,070   2.9%
1840 1,003   −6.3%
1850 1,071   6.8%
1860 944   −11.9%
1870 861   −8.8%
1880 848   −1.5%
1890 791   −6.7%
1900 875   10.6%
1910 826   −5.6%
1920 974   17.9%
1930 814   −16.4%
1940 979   20.3%
1950 1,317   34.5%
1960 2,605   97.8%
1970 5,408   107.6%
1980 8,090   49.6%
1990 9,408   16.3%
2000 10,914   16.0%
2010 12,897   18.2%

The earliest census data shows the town of Pelham having a population of 543 residents in 1767.[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 10,914 people, 3,606 households, and 2,982 families residing in the town. The population density was 412.9 people per square mile (159.4/km²). There were 3,740 housing units at an average density of 141.5 per square mile (54.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was:

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.96% of the population. (U.S. average: 12.5%)

In 2000, there were 3,606 households, with an average household size of 3.03 and an average family size of 3.33.

  • 43.6% of households had children under the age of 18 living with them. (U.S. average: 32.8%)
  • 71.8% were married couples living together. (U.S. average: 51.7%)
  • 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present. (U.S. average: 12.2%)
  • 17.3% were non-families. (U.S. average: 31.9%)
  • 12.9% of all households were made up of individuals. (U.S. average: 25.8%)
  • 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. (U.S. average: 9.2%)

In 2000, the town's population had a median age of 36 years (U.S. average: 35.3).

  • 28.9% under the age of 18
  • 6.1% from 18 to 24
  • 34.0% from 25 to 44
  • 23.2% from 45 to 64
  • 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older

For every 100 females there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $68,608. (U.S. average: $41,994). The median income for a family was $73,365. (U.S. average: $50,046). Males had a median income of $47,685 versus $33,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,158. About 1.6% of families (U.S. average: 9.2%) and 3.0% of the population (U.S. average: 12.4%) were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.

 

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