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Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy metro area.

The community was named for Portsmouth, England.

The latitude of Portsmouth is 43.071N. The longitude is -70.763W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 20 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 21,002.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$45,195
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Portsmouth demographic reports
Portsmouth is on the Piscataqua River, near the Atlantic Ocean.
Former and merged names include:
· Piscataqua
· Strawbery Banke
In the early days of settlement, Portsmouth served as a refuge for exiles from Puritan Massachusetts. Once one of the nation's busiest ports and shipbuilding cities

Paul Revere sped here in 1774 to warn that the British were coming

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 63. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 3 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Daniel Webster, political leader
· Peter Bonerz, actor
· Richard A. Searfoss, astronaut
· Tom Rush, singer and songwriter
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Chowder Festival - June 2, 2007
  • NH Film Festival - Oct. 11-14, 2007
Dates often change. Check Portsmouth web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Seacoast Repertory Theatre
Nearby parks & recreation: Ogunquit Beach
Historic routes: Black Heritage Trail
Historic sites and museums: Strawbery Banke, Children's Museum of Portsmouth, Port of Portsmouth Maritime Museum, MacPheadris-Warner House, John Paul Jones House
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 146
Quotes:
Portsmouth is a gem, a microcosm, a living illustration of New England coastal history.
-- New York Times Travel section, June 2, 2002

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Portsmouth demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Rockingham County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Portsmouth-Rochester area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 03854 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

9% of Portsmouth residents report German ancestry, and 18% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Portsmouth ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Portsmouth was $27,540, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

42% of Portsmouth residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Portsmouth include Strawbery Banke Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Portsmouth, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $661.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,354.


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Libraries in Portsmouth include Portsmouth Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Portsmouth include Portsmouth Herald

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Politics

Rockingham County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Portsmouth political report.

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Restaurants

Portsmouth restaurants taking online reservations include Jumpin Jays Fish Cafe, Pesce Blue, The Dunaway ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Portsmouth workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Portsmouth between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Portsmouth include Achorage Motor Inn, Best Inn Portsmouth, Best Western Wynwood Hotel & Suites, Comfort Inn Portsmouth, Fairfield Inn, Holiday Inn, Marriott Courtyard Portsmouth, Marriott Residence Inn, Motel 6 Portsmouth, Sheraton Harborside Hotel Portsmouth ... More hotels.

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New York Times Travel section, June 2, 2002

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