Brookline, New Hampshire

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Brookline, 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 = Clarence Farwell, Chair
Linda Saari
Frank Lukovits
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1769
area_magnitude = 1 E8
area_total_km2 = 52.1
area_total_sq_mi = 20.1
area_land_km2 = 51.2
area_land_sq_mi = 19.8
area_water_km2 = 0.9
area_water_sq_mi = 0.4
area_water_percent = 1.79
population_as_of = 2000
population_note =
population_total = 4181
population_density_km2 = 81.7
population_density_sq_mi = 211.5
timezone = Eastern
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = Eastern
utc_offset_DST = -4
latd = 42 |latm = 44 |lats = 01 |latNS = N
longd = 71 |longm = 39 |longs = 49 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 78
elevation_ft = 256
website = []
postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 03033
area_code = 603
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 33-08100
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0873554
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Brookline is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,181 at the 2000 census. Brookline is home to the Talbot-Taylor Wildlife Sanctuary.


First a part of Dunstable, Massachusetts, then settled as West Hollis, the town was granted in 1769 as "Raby." Colonial Governor John Wentworth named the town in honor of his cousin, 4th Earl of Strafford and Baron of Raby Castle in County Durham, England. The town was renamed in 1798 at the suggestion of one of the town's leading citizens, who hailed from Brookline, Massachusetts. The town has several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

The town received national attention in 1997, when people participating in the traditional ringing of the Congregational Church bell at midnight on the Fourth of July were arrested. Several prominent members of the community were among those arrested, including town selectman Clarence Farwell and his wife. The incident led to an investigation of the Brookline police department after questions of excessive force were raised following the arrests.citation |title= Fireworks of Sorts Afflict A New Hampshire Town |date=1997-07-08 |accessdate=2007-09-23 |periodical=The New York Times |url= ]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of convert|20.1|sqmi|km2, of which convert|19.8|sqmi|km2|abbr=on is land and convert|0.4|sqmi|km2|abbr=on is water, comprising 1.79% of the town. The town's highest point is the western summit of Birch Hill, at convert|810|ft|m above sea level.

Brookline is drained by the Nissitissit River and Spaulding Brook. The ten-mile-long Nissitissit is known for its abundance of trout. Brookline lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.cite book |title=Water Use in New Hampshire: An Activities Guide for Teachers |url= |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 of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 4,181 people, 1,343 households, and 1,146 families residing in the town. The population density was 211.5 people per square mile (81.7/km²). There were 1,384 housing units at an average density of 70.0/sq mi (27.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.87% White, 0.14% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population.

There were 1,343 households out of which 51.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.7% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.6% were non-families. 10.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.11 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the town the population was spread out with 33.6% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 35.7% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 5.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 102.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $77,075, and the median income for a family was $80,214. Males had a median income of $55,417 versus $32,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,272. About 0.9% of families and 0.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.9% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


External links

* [ Town website]
* [ New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile]

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