Hollis, New Hampshire

Hollis, New Hampshire

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Hollis, New Hampshire
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mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
settlement_type = Town

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = New Hampshire
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Hillsborough
government_type =
leader_title = Board of Selectmen
leader_name = Melinda Willis, Chairman
Mark Johnson, Vice Chairman
Vahrij Manoukian
Mark LeDoux
David Petry
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1746
area_magnitude = 1 E8
area_total_km2 = 83.7
area_total_sq_mi = 32.3
area_land_km2 = 82.2
area_land_sq_mi = 31.8
area_water_km2 = 1.5
area_water_sq_mi = 0.6
area_water_percent = 1.76
population_as_of = 2000
population_note =
population_total = 7015
population_density_km2 = 85.3
population_density_sq_mi = 221.0
timezone = Eastern
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = Eastern
utc_offset_DST = -4
latd = 42 |latm = 44 |lats = 35 |latNS = N
longd = 71 |longm = 35 |longs = 30 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 123
elevation_ft = 404
website = [http://www.hollis.nh.us/ www.hollis.nh.us]
postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 03049
area_code = 603
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 33-37140
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0873628
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Hollis is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 7,015 at the 2000 census.


Hollis was incorporated by colonial governor Benning Wentworth in 1746. The name comes from a Wentworth ancestor, John Holles, Earl of Clare.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of convert|32.3|sqmi|km2, of which convert|31.8|sqmi|km2|abbr=on is land and convert|0.6|sqmi|km2|abbr=on is water, comprising 1.76% of the town. The highest point in Hollis is the summit of Birch Hill, at convert|821|ft|m above sea level, located near the town's western border.

The Nashua River flows through the southeast corner of the town out of Pepperell, Massachusetts and into Nashua. The Nissitissit River flows through the western part of the town. Hollis lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.cite book |title=Water Use in New Hampshire: An Activities Guide for Teachers |url=http://nh.water.usgs.gov/Publications/nh.intro.html |last=Foster |first=Debra H. |coauthors=Batorfalvy, Tatianna N.; and Medalie, Laura |publisher=U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Geological Survey |year=1995]


As with many of the towns on the New Hampshire border with Massachusetts, Hollis is rapidly changing from mixed-use farmland (apple orchards, corn, pumpkins, and other vegetables) to a bedroom community for the many commuters who work in Massachusetts but choose to live in New Hampshire; new major development projects continue to be started, to the concern of some of the longer-term residents. This has led to pressure on the town's school system and conflicts between the proponents of high government services and those advocating low taxes.

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 7,015 people, 2,440 households, and 2,025 families residing in the town. The population density was 221.0 people per square mile (85.3/km²). There were 2,491 housing units at an average density of 78.5/sq mi (30.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.59% White, 0.44% African American, 0.11% Native American, 1.65% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.93% of the population.

There were 2,440 households out of which 42.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.9% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.0% were non-families. 13.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 29.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $92,847, and the median income for a family was $104,737. Males had a median income of $76,025 versus $46,161 for females. The per capita income for the town was $44,936. About 2.8% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.


There are four schools in Hollis, two of which are part of the Hollis/Brookline Cooperative School District. Hollis Primary School serves kindergarten through third grade and Hollis Upper Elementary School serves grades four through six. Hollis/Brookline Middle School serves seventh and eighth grade and Hollis/Brookline High School serves grades nine through twelve. For many years, the current Primary school was known as Hollis Elementary School and served kindergarten through grade six. The current Middle School (known as Hollis/Brookline Junior High School until 2001) was formerly Hollis/Brookline High School but proved far too small for the number of students attending. A new building was built and became the Hollis/Brookline Junior High School. However, the three buildings were still insufficient and a new high school was opened in 1998. The former high school became the current middle school, the former middle school became Hollis Upper Elementary, and the former Hollis Elementary became Hollis Primary. There is still ongoing debate about the future of the Hollis/Brookline Cooperative School District.

The historic Farley Building (formerly known as simply the "White Building") is the original Hollis High School built in 1877 and continued to be used as a school building through the 2005-2006 school year. During this last year for the Farley Building, it contained classrooms for English, social studies, art, French, and Spanish. The Town of Hollis acquired the Farley Building from the Hollis School District in August, 2007.

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Hollis has a number of town traditions and celebrations characteristic of old New England towns. Because several farms in Hollis grow strawberries, every June, the town holds its annual Strawberry Festival on the Common to celebrate its successful harvest. Hundreds of tourists descend on the Common to enjoy games and music, and plenty of strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, and innumerable other strawberry desserts. Similarly, given the many apple orchards in the own, there is the annual Apple Festival in the fall, where apple desserts and festivities are equally abundant. There is also a popular apple pie contest.

The most popular Hollis tradition is Old Home Day, which is held on a Saturday during September. Old Home Day was canceled for 2007, but returned for 2008 with the help of some private funding. There is often an Old Home Day Dance the Friday night before that is very popular with students on Nichols Field. There are often carnival rides and attractions set up the night of the dance in preparation for the following day. On Old Home Day itself, there are dozens of booths and pavilions set up like traditional New England fairs, including old-fashioned games, animal demonstrations, live music, and plenty of food. Many of the pavilions are sponsored by local organizations, schools, and teams. Weather permitting, there are often hot air balloon rides and an evening "balloon glow" where the balloons are grounded and lit up from the inside. The day concludes with a fireworks show. Though fireworks were deleted from the town budget in 2007, they were successfully privately funded in 2008.


External links

* [http://www.hollis.nh.us Town website]
* [http://www.hollis-history.org/ The Hollis Historical Society]
* [http://www.nh.gov/nhes/elmi/htmlprofiles/hollis.html New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile]
* [http://www.sau41.k12.nh.us/ Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District]
* [http://www.hbhs.k12.nh.us/ Hollis Brookline High School]

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