Atkinson, New Hampshire

Atkinson is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 6,751 at the 2010 census.[2]

Atkinson, New Hampshire
Main Street
Main Street
Location in Rockingham County and the state of New Hampshire.
Location in Rockingham County and the state of New Hampshire.
Coordinates: 42°50′18″N 71°08′49″W / 42.83833°N 71.14694°WCoordinates: 42°50′18″N 71°08′49″W / 42.83833°N 71.14694°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
Atkinson Heights
 • Board of SelectmenWilliam M. Baldwin, Chair
Jason B. Grosky
Gregory S. Spero
William G. Friel
Harold J. Morse
 • Town AdministratorAlan J. Phair
 • Total11.3 sq mi (29.3 km2)
 • Land11.2 sq mi (28.9 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)  1.42%
302 ft (92 m)
 • Total6,751
 • Estimate 
 • Density619/sq mi (239.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-02340
GNIS feature ID0873535


Atkinson has a rich history, dating back to the American Revolution. The community was incorporated 3 September[3][4] 1767,[1][5] and was named after Colonel Theodore Atkinson,[3] a local landowner.[6]

Atkinson Academy, the second-oldest co-educational school in the country,[7] was founded as a boys' school in 1787 by Reverend Stephen Peabody, General Nathaniel Peabody and Doctor William Cogswell; it began admitting girls in 1791. The school building burnt to the ground in 1802, and was rebuilt in 1803 at a cost of $2,500. That building remains a part of the Academy, which has since been expanded, with only four classrooms. Other historic buildings, such the Atkinson Historical Society, the Kimball Public Library, Rockwell School (current police station), and many more, grace this southern New Hampshire town with their rich historical value and education of the history of the area.

Relatives of former President John Quincy Adams live in Atkinson, along with famous politicians and businessmen. Atkinson's history can be read about in depth in the book Atkinson Then and Now, which can be purchased at the Atkinson Public Library on Academy Avenue.

Atkinson celebrated its 250-year anniversary Labor Day weekend 2017.[8]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.3 square miles (29.3 km2), of which 11.2 square miles (28.9 km2) are land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2) are water, comprising 1.42% of the town. The highest point in Atkinson is Hog Hill, at 430 feet (130 m) above sea level. Atkinson lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.[9]

In 2011 the New Hampshire Scenic and Cultural Byways program named 3.74 miles of Main Street the "Stage Coach Byway".[10]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20176,901[11]2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 6,178 people, 2,317 households, and 1,777 families residing in the town. The population density was 555.2 people per square mile (214.3/km²). There were 2,431 housing units at an average density of 218.5 per square mile (84.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.62% White, 0.26% African American, 0.06% Native American, 1.18% Asian, 0.21% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population.

There were 2,317 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.8% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 19.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town, the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 30.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $69,729, and the median income for a family was $77,631. Males had a median income of $53,229 versus $34,760 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,412. About 2.3% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Museums and other points of interest

The Kimball House Museum was built in 1772 by Reverend Stephen Peabody. It served as a medical office and town library before becoming a museum.[14]


Atkinson Public Schools are part of the Timberlane Regional School District. The district serves the communities of Atkinson, Danville, New Hampshire, Plaistow, New Hampshire and Sandown, New Hampshire. The district has five elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.Students in Atkinson attend Atkinson Academy, Timberlane Regional Middle School, and Timberlane Regional High School.[15][16]

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "Atkinson, New Hampshire". Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  2. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Article in Statistics and Gazetteer of New-Hampshire (1875)
  4. ^ Article in Hayward’s New England Gazetteer (1839)
  5. ^ "Town of Atkinson New Hampshire". Town of Atkinson New Hampshire. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  6. ^ "Profile for Atkinson, New Hampshire, NH". ePodunk. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  7. ^ Montalto, Jim (July 28, 2006). "School to many of Atkinson's own". The Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  8. ^ "Celebrate Atkinson". Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  9. ^ Foster, Debra H.; Batorfalvy, Tatianna N.; Medalie, Laura (1995). Water Use in New Hampshire: An Activities Guide for Teachers. U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Geological Survey.
  10. ^ Hogan, Cara (August 3, 2011). "Atkinson's Main Street earns special designation". Eagle Tribune. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 (PEPANNRES): Minor Civil Divisions – New Hampshire". Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  14. ^ "Kimball House Museum/Library History". Atkinson NH Historical Society. Archived from the original on August 12, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  15. ^ "Timberlane Regional School District". Timberlane Regional School District. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  16. ^ "Timberlane Regional School District". Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  17. ^ Pareles, Jon (2007-03-10). "Brad Delp, 55, Lead Singer for Boston, Dies". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-03-30.

External links

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Places adjacent to Atkinson, New Hampshire
Municipalities and communities of Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States
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