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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 6,796
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 18.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,669
Age of the Population 48

Families

% of people married 64.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 44%
Median Earnings25+ $46,762
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,223

Wealth

Median Family Income $111,383
% Above Poverty Level 96.8%
% Below Poverty Level 3.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.9%
Median Gross Rent $752
Median House Value $292,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.2%
US/American 1.6%
English 18.3%
Irish 38.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station HAVERHILL
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
Station MIDDLETON
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Danville 4,446 $101,352
Hampstead 8,552 $104,617
Newton 4,752 $92,039
Plaistow 7,601 $79,524
Salem 28,853 $92,192
Sandown 6,176 $97,388

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Atkinson Public Libraries

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