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Atkinson, NH

atkinson New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Atkinson Planning Board
Sue Killam, Planning Assistant
21 Academy Avenue
Atkinson, NH 03811
Telephone (603) 362-5761
Fax (603) 362-5305
E-mail landuse@atkinson-nh.gov
Web Site www.town-atkinsonnh.com

Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Haverhill MA-NH NECTA Division, NH Portion
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 3
State Senate District District 22
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 14, 34

Incorporated: 1767
Origin: Atkinson was named in 1767 for Colonel Theodore Atkinson, whose farm once covered nearly all of the several hundred acres set aside from Plaistow that became the town. Colonel Atkinson was a brother-in-law to Governor Benning Wentworth, served as secretary of the colony until the Revolution, and was one of the Masonian Proprietors who parceled out New Hampshire lands to over 30,000 settlers. Colonel Atkinson bequested funds to establish Atkinson Academy, incorporated in 1787. In 1809, the state granted 13,000 acres of land in Coos County to the Academy, an unincorporated place now known as Atkinson & Gilmanton Academy Grant.
Villages and Place Names: Atkinson Heights, Conleys Grove, Westville, Atkinson Depot
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 479 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Atkinson totaled 5,802 over 53 years, from 1,017 in 1960 to 6,819 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 125 percent increase between 1960 and 1970, followed by a 92 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2013 Census estimate for Atkinson was 6,819 residents, which ranked 47th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 609.9 persons per square mile of land area. Atkinson contains 11.2 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $4,815,332
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014 $12,892,208
Zoning Ordinance 1940/12
Master Plan 2012
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Cemetery; Budget
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Recreation
Public Library Kimball

Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Municipal & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Parkland Medical Center, Derry 11 miles 82

Electric Supplier Unitil; PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier Hampstead Water Company & private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.00
2013 Equalization Ratio 98.9
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.61
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings93.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings5.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 2,728
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,337
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 256
Five or More Units in Structure 135
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
Total Population Community County
2013 6,792 297,820
2010 6,751 295,223
2000 6,230 278,748
1990 5,141 246,744
1980 4,397 190,345
1970 2,291 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   3,055 Female:   3,701
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 214
Age 5 to 19 1,441
Age 20 to 34 704
Age 35 to 54 2,118
Age 55 to 64 1,213
Age 65 and over 1,066
Median Age 46.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 39.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $39,628
Median family income $103,080
Median household income $82,889
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $74,851
Female $52,500
Individuals below the poverty level 4%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 3,803 4,003
Employed 3,556 3,766
Unemployed 247 237
Unemployment Rate 6.5% 5.9%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 244 416
Average Weekly Wage $879 $944
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 680 682
Average Weekly Wage $616 $837
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 924 1,098
Average Weekly Wage $685 $877
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 73 66
Average Weekly Wage $355 $584
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 996 1,164
Average Weekly Wage $661 $861

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Timberlane Regional (Atkinson, Danville, Plaistow, Sandown) SAU 55
Career Technology Center(s): Pinkerton Academy CATE, Derry; Salem High School Vocational Center Region: 17
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5
Total Enrollment 370
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 157
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay; Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; New England

Lewis Builders, Inc. Builder 80 1953
Busby Construction Contractor 70 1979
GEX Graphics, printing 101
Palmer Gas Company Propane gas 82 1969
Atkinson Concessions Country club 229 2002

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 111, 121
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-495 (MA), Exit 51
Distance 4 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Lawrence (MA) Municipal
Runway 5,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 27 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 27 miles
Portland, ME 84 miles
Boston, MA 40 miles
New York City, NY 244 miles
Montreal, Quebec 284 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 88.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.7%
Public transportation 0.7%
Walked 0%
Other Means 0.5%
Worked at home 5.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 15.9%
Commuting to another NH community 30.6%
Commuting out-of-state 53.5%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Bradford (MA)
Other: NH Cultural & Scenic By-Way

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 6/30/2014

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