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Overview

Introduction to Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in Rockingham county, is 25 miles NE of Haverhill, Massachusetts and 51 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. The city has a population of 20,784.

Portsmouth History

Martin Pring became the first European to explore the area that is now known as Portsmouth when he visited the region in 1603. Settled in 1630, the town was originally known as Strawberry Banke because of the abundance of wild strawberries along the Piscataqua River. After its official incorporation in 1653, the current name was adopted in honor of the colony’s founder, John Mason, who was the captain of the port of Portsmouth, England.

Portsmouth and nearby Attractions

  • USS Albacore Museum & Park
  • Warner House Museum
  • Jackson House Museum
  • Tobias Lear House Museum
  • Wentworth - Gardner House Museum
  • Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

Things To Do In Portsmouth

Portsmouth offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation. The USS, a U.S. Navy submarine converted into a museum, is a popular local tourist spot. Music Hall hosts musical acts, theater, dance and cinema performances. Local celebrations include the Chowder Festival and the NH Film Festival.

Portsmouth Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available from Pease International Airport.

Portsmouth Higher Education

The University of New Hampshire, Northern Essex Community College, Merrimack College and the University of New England-University Campus provide facilities for higher education.

People

Total Population 21,426
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 17.2%
Employed Population 16+ 12,649
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 43.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 57.7%
Median Earnings25+ $46,471
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,893
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,977

Wealth

Median Family Income $96,858
% Above Poverty Level 93.4%
% Below Poverty Level 6.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 9.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 39.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,142
Median House Value $352,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17%
US/American 0.1%
English 17.3%
Irish 22.4%

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

Portsmouth Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles NE of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 51 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Rockingham
Standard Zip Codes 03801
P.O. Box Zip Codes 03802, 03804
Company Zip Codes 03803
Phone Area Codes 603
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.071
Longitude -70.763

Portsmouth 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 GREENLAND
Distance 5.2 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 34 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 48.1 inches
Station DURHAM
Distance 10.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches
Station KENNEBUNKPORT
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 52 F
Jul Temp 57 to 76 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 47 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Greenland 3,724 $102,026
New Castle 974 $139,076
Newington 737 $101,250
North Hampton 4,361 $104,474
Rye 5,341 $127,008
Stratham 7,320 $138,239

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

Portsmouth Public Libraries

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Portsmouth Public Library
8 ISLINGTON STREET
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
(603) 427-1540
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Portsmouth Hospitals

PORTSMOUTH REGIONAL HOSPITAL
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333 BORTHWICK AVE
(603) 436-5110
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.6

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Hutchings house c1907.

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