Lee is a town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,330 at the 2010 census. The town is a rural farm and bedroom community, being close to the University of New Hampshire.
Settled in 1657, Lee was originally part of the extensive early Dover township. It includes Wheelwright Pond, named for the Reverend John Wheelwright, the founder of Exeter.
Wheelwright Pond was the site of a noted early battle during King William's War. Indians, incited by the government of New France, attacked Exeter on July 4, 1690. They were pursued by two infantry companies raised for the purpose, who overtook them at Wheelwright Pond on July 6, 1690. Fierce fighting on that day would leave 3 officers and 15 soldiers dead, together with a large number of Indians. Among the dead were Captain Noah Wiswall, Lieutenant Gershom Flagg, and Ensign Edward Walker of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
In 1735, Durham, which included Lee, separated from Dover. Then Lee, in turn, would separate from Durham on January 16, 1766 when it was established by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth. It was among the last of 129 towns to receive a charter during his administration, and named for British General Charles Lee, who later joined the American Revolution.
Lee is hometown for numerous faculty of the University of New Hampshire in Durham. In 2007 the U.S. Postal Service assigned the town its own ZIP code – 03861.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.2 square miles (52.3 km2), of which 20.0 sq mi (51.8 km2) is land and 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2) is water, comprising 1.04% of the town. The town is drained by the Lamprey River, North River and Oyster River. Lee lies fully within the Piscataqua River (Coastal) watershed. The highest point in Lee is 272 feet (83 m) above sea level, atop an unnamed hill southwest of the town center.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,145 people, 1,466 households, and 1,092 families residing in the town. The population density was 207.8 people per square mile (80.2/km²). There were 1,534 housing units at an average density of 76.9 per square mile (29.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.02% White, 0.55% African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.57% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.
There were 1,466 households out of which 45.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the town, the population was spread out with 30.9% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $57,993, and the median income for a family was $62,330. Males had a median income of $41,354 versus $29,651 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,905. About 4.3% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.Julian Barry, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter for the film Lenny, based on his Broadway hit play of the same name
Tom Bergeron, television personality
Daniel Meserve Durell (1769–1841), US congressman; born in Lee
Robert Eggers, director of The Witch (2015 film)
Ralph Fletcher, author; currently lives in Lee
Barry Scott of The Lost 45s, syndicated radio personality
Lee Historical Society & Museum
Lee USA Speedway, a NASCAR track where several scenes of Days of Thunder (starring Tom Cruise) were filmed