- Epping, New Hampshire
official_name = Town of Epping
nickname = Home of Three Governors
mapsize = 250px
settlement_type = Town
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Rockingham
leader_title = Town Administrator
leader_name = Stephen Fournier
Board of Selectmen
leader_name1 = Tom Gauthier (chairman) Susan McGeough Kim Sullivan Jerry Langdon Jeff Harris
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1741
area_total_km2 = 67.9
area_total_sq_mi = 26.2
area_land_km2 = 67.4
area_land_sq_mi = 26.0
area_water_km2 = 0.5
area_water_sq_mi = 0.2
population_as_of = 2007
population_total = 6,169
population_density_km2 = 91.5
population_density_sq_mi = 237.3
timezone = EST
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
latd = 43 |latm = 02 |lats = 00 |latNS = N
longd = 71 |longm = 04 |longs = 27 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 48
elevation_ft = 157
website = [http://www.ci.epping.nh.us/ www.ci.epping.nh.us]
postal_code = 03042
area_code = 603
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 33-24660
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0873591
Epping is a town in Rockingham County,
New Hampshire, United States. The population was 5,476 at the 2000 census. Epping includes the village of Hedding.
The primary settlement in town, where over 30% of the population resides, is defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as the Epping
census-designated place(CDP) and includes the densely-populated portion of the town centered on New Hampshire Route 27just west of New Hampshire Route 125.
The town was originally part of Exeter, one of the four original New Hampshire townships. To encourage settlement, as early as 1710 Exeter awarded free wood lots in the area. In 1741, Epping was granted a charter and incorporated as a town, the last New Hampshire town chartered by
MassachusettsGovernor Jonathan Belcherbefore the Province of New Hampshireseparated from Massachusetts. Epping was named for Epping Forest, a suburb of London, England.
American Revolution, many residents of the town moved to Monmouth, Maine, when General Henry Dearbornoffered free land to his soldiers. Through the 1800s, farmingwas a principal occupation in Epping. The town also had substantial reserves of clay, long used by local residents to make bricks, and in 1840, the first commercial brickyard was established in Epping.
It was formerly said in jest: "Epping -- the center of the universe." Now, due to its strategic position at the crossroads of Route 101 and Route 125, the community is indeed becoming a retail center, as
chain stores locate here. But because the traditional town center is clustered around Route 27, an older road connecting Exeter with Hooksett and Manchester, Epping's antique architectural charm has been spared from redevelopment.
Epping is home to The Leddy Center, a charming antique playhouse where local performers enact classics such as "The Wizard of Oz" and "
Anne of Green Gables". Musical lessons are also offered at this facility.
New England Dragway is also located in Epping and puts on exciting races and auto displays throughout the year, including the IHRA Amalie Oil North American Nationals. The dragway hosts a popular Halloween display on its property during the second half of October.
An annual canoe race down the
Lamprey Riveroccurs on the last weekend in April, and the fire department arranges for Santa to drive through the town atop a fire engine during the winter.
David L. Morril, Governor of New Hampshire (1824–1827)
William Plumer, Governor of New Hampshire (1812–1813 and 1816–1819)
Benjamin Franklin Prescott, Governor of New Hampshire (1877–1879)
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of convert|26.2|sqmi|km2, of which convert|26.0|sqmi|km2|abbr=on is land and convert|0.2|sqmi|km2|abbr=on is water, comprising 0.76% of the town. Epping is drained by the Lamprey and Piscassic rivers. The highest point in Epping is Kennard Hill at convert|472|ft|m above sea level, located in the town's northwest corner. Epping lies fully within the Piscataqua River(Coastal) watershed.cite book |title=Water Use in New Hampshire: An Activities Guide for Teachers |url=http://nh.water.usgs.gov/Publications/nh.intro.html |last=Foster |first=Debra H. |coauthors=Batorfalvy, Tatianna N.; and Medalie, Laura |publisher=U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Geological Survey |year=1995]
The town center, defined as a
census-designated place(CDP), has a total area of convert|2.7|sqmi|km2, all of it land.
As of the 2000
census, there were 5,476 people, 2,047 households, and 1,473 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 210.4 persons per square mile (81.2/km²). There were 2,215 housing units at an average density of 85.1 houses per square mile (32.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.08% White, 0.27% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. 0.77% of the population were Hispanicor Latinoof any race.
There were 2,047 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 8.5% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 28.0% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the town the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 34.6% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $50,739, and the median income for a family was $54,722. Males had a median income of $40,273 versus $25,440 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $21,109. 3.3% of the population and 2.6% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 4.6% are under the age of 18 and 6.1% are 65 or older.
As of the
censusof 2000, there were 1,673 people, 703 households, and 440 families residing in the central village, or census-designated place(CDP). The population densitywas 622.5 people per square mile (240.1/km²). There were 723 housing units at an average density of 103.8 persons/km² (269.0 persons/sq mi). The racial makeup of the town was 97.31% White, 0.30% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.78% Asian, and 1.49% from two or more races. 0.12% of the population were Hispanicor Latinoof any race.
There were 703 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 9.0% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 37.4% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.
The median income for a household is $39,417, and the median income for a family was $46,438. Males had a median income of $36,165 versus $24,063 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $18,343. 6.7% of the population and 5.6% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 8.6% are under the age of 18 and 11.7% are 65 or older.
Sites of interest
* [http://www.museumsusa.org/museums/info/1163503 Epping Historical Society Museum]
* [http://www.leddycenter.org/ The Leddy Center]
* [http://www.nh.gov/nhes/elmi/htmlprofiles/pdfs/epping.pdf NHES Community Profile: Epping] (
* [http://www.rpc-nh.org/mapsets.htm#samples Rockingham County Planning Committee - Maps]
* [http://www.ci.epping.nh.us Town website]
* [http://www.ci.epping.nh.us/library/ Harvey Mitchell Memorial Library]
* [http://www.nh.gov/nhes/elmi/htmlprofiles/epping.html New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile]
* [http://www.genealogybuff.com/nh/ Epping, NH - Index of Marriages and Deaths]
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