is a town in Merrimack County
, New Hampshire
, United States
. The population was 2,236 at the 2000 census.
Chichester was granted in 1727, named for Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
, Earl of Chichester
, and England
's Secretary of State for the Southern Department
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the town has a total area of , of which is land and is water, comprising 0.52% of the town. The highest point in Chichester is an unnamed summit at above sea level
, midway between Garvin Hill——to the east and Plausawa Hill——to the west in neighboring Pembroke
. All three summits are less than one mile apart. Chichester lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed
As of the census
of 2000, there were 2,236 people, 823 households, and 637 families residing in the town. The population density
was 106.1 people per square mile (41.0/km²). There were 849 housing units at an average density of 40.3/sq mi (15.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.17% White
, 0.18% African American
, 0.36% Native American
, 0.13% Asian
, 0.18% from other races
, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.67% of the population.
There were 823 households out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.6% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the town the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $56,741, and the median income for a family was $60,333. Males had a median income of $38,403 versus $28,051 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,115. About 2.3% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.