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Welcome to Portsmouth ...

The coastal city of Portsmouth is located in Rockingham County<1>.

When the people of Portsmouth refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Portsmouthite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Portsmouth has a population of 21,927 people<3> (see below for details).

Portsmouth was established in 1630.

The community of Portsmouth is 50 feet [15 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Portsmouth lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Portsmouth is located in the (603) area code.

Websites for Portsmouth ...

Official Website: www.cityofportsmouth.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Portsmouth had an population of 21,927 people. This is an increase of 5.52% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 5.5% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Portsmouth had a population of 20,779 people (or 7.04% of the total population of Rockingham County). This makes Portsmouth the county's 4th most populous community.

The population of Portsmouth represents 1.58% of the population of New Hampshire (which has 1,316,470 people), making it the state's 13th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 20,779 people, the population of Portsmouth has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (which had a count of 20,784 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Portsmouth.

Adding Portsmouth to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Portsmouth in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Portsmouth elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Portsmouth on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Portsmouth ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 9 communities that are also named Portsmouth - they are located in Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Rhode Island and Virginia (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Portsmouth.

Communities near Portsmouth ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Portsmouth.

  • Dover [Strafford County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dover
    • Dover [Strafford County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the northwest of Portsmouth
    • Estimated population in 2019: 32,191 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dover
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dover<6>
  • Rochester [Strafford County]
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    • Rochester [Strafford County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the northwest of Portsmouth
    • Estimated population in 2019: 31,526 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rochester
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rochester<6>
  • Newburyport [Essex County]
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    • Newburyport [Essex County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the south of Portsmouth
    • Estimated population in 2019: 18,289 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Newburyport
  • Amesbury [Essex County]
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    • Amesbury [Essex County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the southwest of Portsmouth
    • Estimated population in 2019: 17,532 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Amesbury
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Durham [Strafford County]
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      • Durham [Strafford County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the northwest of Portsmouth
      • Estimated population in 2019: 16,293 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Durham have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Durham
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Durham<6>
    • Hampton [Rockingham County]
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      • Hampton [Rockingham County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the southwest of Portsmouth
      • Estimated population in 2019: 15,495 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hampton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hampton<6>
    • Exeter [Rockingham County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Exeter
      • Exeter [Rockingham County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Portsmouth
      • Estimated population in 2019: 15,313 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Exeter
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Exeter<6>
    • York [York County]
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      • York [York County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the northeast of Portsmouth
      • Estimated population in 2019: 13,290 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for York have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on York
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for York<6>
    • Somersworth [Strafford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Somersworth
      • Somersworth [Strafford County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the north of Portsmouth
      • Estimated population in 2019: 11,968 people
      • Former names for Somersworth:
      • Great Falls
      • Summersworth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Somersworth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Somersworth<6>
    • Wells [York County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wells
      • Wells [York County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the northeast of Portsmouth
      • Estimated population in 2019: 10,675 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wells have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wells
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wells<6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Portsmouth. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Portsmouth.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Portsmouth. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Portsmouth.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Portsmouth. Our list includes 99 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Portsmouth.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Portsmouth ...

Looking for more information about Portsmouth? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Portsmouth, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Portsmouth.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in New Hampshire

About Rockingham County

About New Hampshire

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Portsmouth: www.cityofportsmouth.com/

The official website for Rockingham County: www.co.rockingham.nh.us/

The official website for State of New Hampshire: https://www.nh.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New Hampshire's counties, including Rockingham, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Portsmouth refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Portsmouth may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Portsmouth.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Portsmouth - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Portsmouth) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Portsmouth. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Portsmouth

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Portsmouth. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.0715, Longitude: -70.7623    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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