Allenstown is a small, rural town with a population centered around the old mills near the confluence of the Suncook and Merrimack Rivers, hence the old name of Suncook still used on some road maps. Downtown Pembroke forms the other half of Suncook Village. Originally settled in 1722, Allenstown was incorporated in 1831.
Natural borders are formed by the Merrimack River on the western side and the Suncook River on the northern side. To the north is Concord, the state capital; to the south is Manchester, the state's largest city. Route 28 leads northeast to Alton Bay, Wolfeboro, and the Lakes Region.
Today the intersection of Routes 3 and 28 can be considered the crossroads of the town. Most town businesses are located near that intersection.
Allenstown is also home to Bear Brook State Park, the largest of the New Hampshire state parks at over 10,000 acres. The park offers an amazing amount of recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast.
For information on Allenstown and its surrounding neighbors, check the web sites for Bow, Pembroke, Epsom, Deerfield, Candia, or Hooksett.
Town Government Structure
As with most New Hampshire towns, local government consists the Town Government and School District. Since Allenstown also operates a wastewater treatment facility, a Sewer Commission oversees that facility which is operated by the Sewer Department.
Allenstown has a municipal form of government with executive authority administered by a three-member Board of Selectmen (BOS). Day-to-day operations at town hall are managed by a Town Administrator, who reports to the Selectmen. Numerous departments, boards, committees, and commissions handle various aspects of town operations and services, and also report to the Selectmen.
Several services are available online. See the Forms page.
The education of children in town is administered by the Allenstown School District, which is part of New Hampshire School Administrative Unit #53 (SAU 53).
Wastewater from both Allenstown and Pembroke is collected and treated at the Wastewater Treatment Facility, which is run by the Allenstown Sewer Department, and overseen by a three-member Sewer Commission.
Allenstown includes the southern portion of the old "Suncook Village" whose northern portion is across the Suncook River in Pembroke. This location represents the downtown region of both towns. Just over one-half of the Allenstown's land area is within the state's largest park: Bear Brook State Park.
Allenstown and Pembroke share the 03275 Zip Code, with the Post Office being located on Glass St. in Pembroke. Allenstown also shares a common boundary with Pembroke: the Suncook River.
Population: 4,322 (2010 census)
Population: 4,843 (2000 census)
Elevation: 340 ft. (104 m)
Area: 20.4 sq. miles (52.6 km2)
Property Tax Information
Property taxes have been slowly increasing over the past dozen years. If we could only go back to 2004 when the tax rate was $20.00/$1,000.
2016 Tax Rate: $33.86/$1,000
Tax Rate History: since 1994
Schools: see the School District page
A very useful online web service is the town tax map maintained by CAI Technologies of Littleton, NH. Use it to look up tax card details on your own property, explore properties in your neighborhood, or discover who just bought that home down the street.
Online Tax Map: see the Tax Map page
The following national and state political districts pertain to Allenstown. For current office holders, refer to the Elections page.
|U.S. Senate (2)
|U.S. Congressional District 2 (northern and western NH)
|Executive Council District 4
|State Senate District 17
|State Representative District 22
|State Representative District 29
The Allenstown Historical Society has provided these historical pamphlets.
A Brief History
The Old Allenstown Meeting House
Settlers began arriving in 1728 to an area originally granted to Governor Samuel Allen. By 1831, the population had increased to 481, large enough to become incorporated as a town. Numerous historic sites still stand and many original homes are still in use.
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