Chester, New Hampshire

Chester, New Hampshire
Chester, New Hampshire
—  Town  —
Location in Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Coordinates: 42°57′24″N 71°15′26″W / 42.95667°N 71.25722°W / 42.95667; -71.25722Coordinates: 42°57′24″N 71°15′26″W / 42.95667°N 71.25722°W / 42.95667; -71.25722
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Rockingham
Incorporated 1722
 – Board of Selectmen Stephen Landau, Chair
Jack Cannon, Vice
Joseph Castricone
Joseph Hagan
Michael Weider
 – Total 26.0 sq mi (67.4 km2)
 – Land 25.9 sq mi (67.1 km2)
 – Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)  0.42%
Elevation 467 ft (142 m)
Population (2010)
 – Total 4,768
 – Density 183.4/sq mi (70.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 03036
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-12100
GNIS feature ID 0873564

Chester is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,768 at the 2010 census.[1] It is home to Chester College (formerly White Pines College).



Incorporated in 1722, Chester once included Candia, set off in 1763. First called "the chestnut country," it may have been the first of the settlement grants by Massachusetts selected for expansion of growing populations in the seacoast. The name may be derived from Cheshire, Chester being the county seat of Cheshire in England. Earl of Chester is a title held by the Prince of Wales. Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., was a summer resident and took Chester as his middle name because of his love for the town.[citation needed]

Notable residents


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 26.0 square miles (67 km2), of which 25.9 sq mi (67 km2) is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.26 km2) (0.42%) is water. The Exeter River rises in Chester. The highest point in town is an unnamed summit, reaching 639 feet (195 m) above sea level, near the town's southwest corner. Chester lies mostly within the Piscataqua River (Coastal) watershed, though the western edge of town is in the Merrimack River watershed.[2]


The Common c. 1910

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,792 people, 1,214 households, and 1,011 families residing in the town. The population density was 146.4 people per square mile (56.5/km²). There were 1,247 housing units at an average density of 48.1 per square mile (18.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.97% White, 0.26% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

There were 1,214 households out of which 45.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.3% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.7% were non-families. 11.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the town the population was spread out with 31.0% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $68,571, and the median income for a family was $75,092. Males had a median income of $44,056 versus $35,382 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,842. About 3.4% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

According to the most recent figures Chester has the third highest median property values in the state, and Chester residents have the highest median income.[citation needed]


Preschools: Chester Academy (public), Chester Pre-School (private), Country Christian Daycare (private), Imagination Station (private)

Elementary School / Middle School: Chester Academy (public)

High School: Pinkerton Academy, Derry (privately operated, but it contracts with Derry, Chester, and Hampstead. Those three towns pay the academy with tax money.)


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ Foster, Debra H.; Batorfalvy, Tatianna N.; and Medalie, Laura (1995). Water Use in New Hampshire: An Activities Guide for Teachers. U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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