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Exeter, New Hampshire
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Exeter, New Hampshire

Exeter is a town located in Rockingham County, New Hampshire. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 14,058.

Exeter is one of the oldest towns in the state, and was founded by John Wheelwright in 1638. According to some historians, the United States Republican Party was born here on October 12, 1853. Historical sites include the Old Town Post Office and a traditional saltbox where George Washington stayed one night.

The town is perhaps best known as the home of the Phillips Exeter Academy and the Academy Library designed by Louis Kahn. The students of PEA can enjoy strolls into town, down Swasey Parkway by the boathouse, around the bandstand, or into the Ioka, the one-screen movie theater that has been up for almost a century.

The name Exeter derives from the ancient city of Exeter in Devon, England. Numerous other places have also been given the name Exeter.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 51.8 km² (20.0 mi²). 50.9 km² (19.6 mi²) of it is land and 1.0 km² (0.4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.85% water.

Demographics

For additional demographic information on the central populated area of Exeter, which is a census-designated place, see the article Exeter (CDP), New Hampshire. It provides details that are included in the aggregate numbers reported here.

As of the census of 2000, there are 14,058 people, 5,898 households, and 3,715 families residing in the town. The population density is 276.4/km² (715.9/mi²). There are 6,107 housing units at an average density of 120.1 persons/km² (311.0 persons/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 97.18% White, 0.42% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.94% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. 0.87% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 5,898 households out of which 31.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% are married couples living together, 8.9% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 37.0% are non-families. 31.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.32 and the average family size is 2.94.

In the town the population is spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $49,618, and the median income for a family is $63,088. Males have a median income of $45,091 versus $30,435 for females. The per capita income for the town is $27,105. 5.4% of the population and 2.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 6.8% are under the age of 18 and 4.5% are 65 or older.

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