Hooksett, New Hampshire

Hooksett is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 13,451 at the 2010 census and an estimated 14,428 in 2018. The town is located between Manchester, the state’s largest city, and Concord, the state capital. A prominent landmark is Robie’s Country Store, a National Historic Landmark and a frequent stop for presidential candidates during the New Hampshire primary.

The central village in town, where 4,147 people resided at the 2010 census, is defined as the Hooksett census-designated place and is located at a bridge crossing of the Merrimack River. The town also contains the census-designated place of South Hooksett.


Hooksett was incorporated in 1822. First known as “Chester Woods” and “Rowe’s Corner”, the community was called “Hooksett” for nearly fifty years before being incorporated. The name may have come from a hook-shaped island in the Merrimack or from early fishermen, who called the area “Hookline Falls”. Rocky ledges flank the Merrimack River, and there were several cross-river ferries located here, as well as lumber mills and a brick-making establishment powered by the falls. The first census, taken in 1830, reported 880 residents.[citation needed]

The first settlement in the area was Martins Ferry near the Merrimack River and what is today’s Southern New Hampshire University. The name comes from the Martin family who owned the ferry and the land around the area for decades.[citation needed] Today, Martin’s Corner 1 mile (1.6 km) to the east bears the name. In 1794, the lottery-funded Hooksett Canal became part of the transportation facilities of the Amoskeag cotton mills in Manchester.


Hooksett is part of School Administrative Unit 15, along with the neighboring towns of Auburn and Candia. SAU-15 administers five schools, three within Hooksett:

SAU-15 has no high school; students from Hooksett attend high school in neighboring school districts. As of 2014, Hooksett has contracted with Pinkerton Academy for the majority of its high school students (about 650), while a smaller number of students attend either Bow High School (about 40 students), Pembroke Academy (about ten students) or Londonderry High School (about 160 students). Prior to 2014, Hooksett students attended high school at one of the three high schools in the city of Manchester. Some students still chose to attend Manchester schools after 2014.

One four-year university, Southern New Hampshire University, lies partially within Hooksett and partially in neighboring Manchester.


As of the census of 2010, there were 13,451 people, 4,926 households, and 3,533 families residing in the town. The population density was 369 people per square mile (142.4/km2). There were 5,184 housing units at an average density of 54.9 units/km2 (142.4 units/sq mi). The racial makeup of the town was 94.6% White, 1.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.7% some other race, and 1.5% from two or more races. 2.1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,926 households, out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were headed by married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.6% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59, and the average family size was 3.01.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 22.4% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

For the period 2009 through 2013, the estimated median annual income for a household in the town was $81,792, and the median income for a family was $96,469. Male full-time workers had a median income of $57,228 versus $45,116 for females. The per capita income for the town was $34,355.

For demographic data on Hooksett village and its surroundings, see Hooksett (CDP), New Hampshire. For data on the South Hooksett CDP in the southern part of the town, see South Hooksett, New Hampshire.

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