Atkinson, New Hampshire

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Atkinson, New Hampshire

Introduction to Atkinson, New Hampshire

Atkinson, New Hampshire, in Rockingham county, is 5 miles NW of Haverhill, Massachusetts and 33 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. The town has a population of 6,178.

Atkinson History

The first settlement in the area took place in 1727. The town of Atkinson was incorporated in 1767. It was named Atkinson in honor of Colonel Theodore Atkinson, the owner of a large stretch of land on Providence Hill. General Nathaniel Peabody, Reverend Stephen Peabody and Doctor William Cogswell established the Atkinson Academy, which is the oldest co-educational school in the U.S., in Atkinson in 1787. It is located in Rockingham County, which was organized in 1771.

Atkinson and nearby Attractions

  • American Independence Museum
  • Kingston State Park
  • Children’s Metamorphosis Museum
  • Rye Harbor State Park
  • Nashua Historical Society Museum
  • Hampton Beach State Park

Things To Do In Atkinson

The Warner House, the Franklin Pierce House and the American Independence Museum may prove interesting to those hoping to learn more about the area’s history. The Wallis Sands State Park, the Marshall State Forest, Bear Brook State Park and Pawtuckaway State Park offer various facilities for recreation.

Atkinson Transportation

Flights are available from Logan International Airport.

Atkinson Higher Education

Students can pursue higher education at Northern Essex Community College, North Shore Community College, Salem State College and New Hampshire College.

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High Points

Atkinson strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New Hampshire):

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Atkinson People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Atkinson Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 6% Atkinson Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 7% Atkinson Median Family Income
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 13% Atkinson Affordability of Rents
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Atkinson Low Rate of Poverty
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Atkinson College Educated Adults
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 18% Atkinson Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Atkinson, New Hampshire

Comparing Atkinson to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New Hampshire (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 9 8
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 10
Male Share of the Population 7 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 8
Female Share of the Population 4 8
Senior Citizens 3 5
Racial Diversity 2 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 9
Average Household Size 7 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
Median Family Income 9 10
People Above Poverty 9 9
College Educated Adults 9 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 7
Public Transportation Use 5 8
Walking and Biking to Work 4 7
Short Commute Times 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 4
Housing Recently Built 9 8
Affordability of Rents 6 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 3
People Living Alone 2 4

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Atkinson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NW of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 33 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Rockingham
Standard Zip Codes 03811
Phone Area Codes 603
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.838
Longitude -71.147

Atkinson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.4 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.8 inches
Station EPPING
Distance 13.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 61 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches
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Atkinson Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,178 100%
Male 3,008 48.7%
Female 3,170 51.3%
Under 18 1,513 24.5%
18+ 4,665 75.5%
65+ 705 11.4%
Median Age 40.9
Average Family Size 3.08
White 6,031 97.6%
African-American 16 0.3%
Asian 73 1.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 4 0.1%
Other 13 0.2%
Mixed Race 41 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 43 0.7%

Estimated Atkinson Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,613
Growth 435
Growth % 7%

Atkinson Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 22.5%
English 14.5%
Italian 14.1%
French (except Basque) 10.1%
German 7.5%
French Canadian 3.7%
US/American 3.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.2%
Scottish 3.1%
Polish 2.4%
Greek 1.8%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
Armenian 1.4%
Austrian 1.3%
Norwegian 1.1%
Canadian 1.1%
Portuguese 0.9%
Swedish 0.8%
Dutch 0.8%
Lebanese 0.7%
Russian 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Iranian 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Slovak 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
European 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Atkinson 6,178 $77,631
Danville 4,023 $63,239
Hampstead 8,297 $79,114
Newton 4,289 $62,271
Plaistow 7,747 $66,852
Salem 28,112 $67,278
Sandown 5,143 $73,083

Atkinson Public Libraries

Kimball Library
Atkinson, New Hampshire
(603) 362-5234
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