Plaistow, New Hampshire

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Plaistow, New Hampshire

Introduction to Plaistow, New Hampshire

Plaistow, New Hampshire, in Rockingham county, is 4 miles N of Haverhill, Massachusetts and 33 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. There are 7,747 residents in the town.

Plaistow History

The community was officially established in 1746, after a boundary dispute between the New Hampshire Grants and the Massachusetts Bay Colony was resolved. The western part of the community became the town of Atkinson in the year 1776.

Plaistow and nearby Attractions

  • Millyard Museum
  • Odiorne State Park
  • Rye Harbor State Park
  • Children’s Museum of Portsmouth
  • American Independence Museum
  • North Hampton State Park

Things To Do In Plaistow

Rye Harbor State Park, Bear Brook State Park, Wallis Sands State Park and North Hampton State Park are popular local tourist spots. Bartlett Museum, the Custom House Maritime Museum and the American Textile History Museum may prove interesting to those wishing to learn more about the area’s history.

Plaistow Transportation

Manchester Airport is nearby.

Plaistow Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are available from Tufts University, Merrimack College, Salem State College and North Shore Community College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Plaistow Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 12% Plaistow Well-Paid Single Women
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Plaistow Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 15% Plaistow Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Plaistow, New Hampshire

Comparing Plaistow 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
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 9
Male Share of the Population 7 3
Age of the Population 6 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 9
Female Share of the Population 4 8
Senior Citizens 3 3
Racial Diversity 2 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 6
Average Household Size 8 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 9
Median Family Income 8 9
People in Middle Class or Better 8 7
College Educated Adults 7 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 10
Working at Home 7 3
Walking and Biking to Work 6 8
Short Commute Times 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 2
Housing Recently Built 8 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 3
People Living Alone 2 4
Affordability of Rents 2 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 5

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Plaistow Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles N of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 33 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Rockingham
Standard Zip Codes 03865
Phone Area Codes 603
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.836
Longitude -71.095

Plaistow Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5 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 13.6 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 18.5 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 32 F
Apr Temp 29 to 56 F
Jul Temp 55 to 82 F
Oct Temp 32 to 61 F
Annual Precip 39.8 inches
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Plaistow Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,747 100%
Male 3,788 48.9%
Female 3,959 51.1%
Under 18 2,001 25.8%
18+ 5,746 74.2%
65+ 781 10.1%
Median Age 37.4
Average Family Size 3.1
White 7,618 98.3%
African-American 16 0.2%
Asian 39 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0.1%
Other 23 0.3%
Mixed Race 43 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 102 1.3%

Estimated Plaistow Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,769
Growth 22
Growth % 0.3%

Plaistow 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 17.1%
English 16.7%
Italian 16%
French (except Basque) 12.2%
French Canadian 6.9%
US/American 4.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.4%
Polish 4%
Scotch-Irish 3.4%
German 3.3%
Scottish 2.4%
Swedish 1.1%
Greek 0.9%
Lithuanian 0.8%
Egyptian 0.7%
Portuguese 0.7%
Canadian 0.7%
Armenian 0.7%
Finnish 0.6%
Lebanese 0.5%
Celtic 0.4%
Norwegian 0.3%
Swiss 0.2%
Dutch 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
British 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Plaistow 7,747 $66,852
Atkinson 6,178 $77,631
Danville 4,023 $63,239
Hampstead 8,297 $79,114
Kingston 5,862 $66,509
Newton 4,289 $62,271
Salem 28,112 $67,278

Plaistow Public Libraries

Plaistow Public Library
Plaistow, New Hampshire
(603) 382-6011
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Wal-mart in Plaistow

(As of 2006)
58 Plaistow Road
(603) 382-2839
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Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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