NHES and ELMI agency logos
New Hampshire Employment Security - an official New Hampshire Government web site
Smaller text size Reset text size Larger text size
link to website translation page

ELMI Home > Products > Community Profiles >

Community Profiles

Barrington, NH

Barrington New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Barrington
John Scruton, Town Administrator
PO Box 660
Barrington, NH 03825
Telephone (603) 664-9007
Fax (603) 664-5179
E-mail townhall@metrocast.net
Web Site www.barrington.nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 am - 5:30 pm, Wednesday, 8 am - 7 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 am - 5 pm, Wednesday, 2 pm - 6 pm; Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm, Wednesday, 12 pm - 6 pm, closed Friday

County Strafford
Labor Market Area Rochester-Dover NH-ME Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Southeast Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 4
State Senate District 4
State Representative Strafford County Districts 4, 25

Incorporated: 1722
Origin: Barrington bears the family name of the English governor of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Samuel Shute of Barrington Hall. Barrington was once the third largest New Hampshire town in population, ranking after Portsmouth and Gilmanton. Governor Shute, one of the first to promote new industries in the state, set aside a two-mile strip of land which would become part of Barrington for the purpose of securing and smelting iron ore on the Lamprey River.
Villages and Place Names: East Barrington, South Barrington, West Barrington
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 2,470 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Barrington totaled 7,656 over 52 years, from 1,036 in 1960 to 8,692 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was a 136 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, following an 80 percent increase in the previous decade. The 2012 Census estimate for Barrington was 8,692 residents, which ranked 34th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 183.7 persons per square mile of land area. Barrington contains 46.7 square miles of land area and 1.9 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen/Town Meeting
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $6,247,168
Budget: School Appropriations, 2012 $18,713,861
Zoning Ordinance 1972/12
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Recreation; Budget
Public Library Barrington Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Full-time & volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 9 miles 82

Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramMandatory
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
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.46
2012 Equalization Ratio 111.9
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.82
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings52.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings9.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.7%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 3,356
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,788
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 92
Five or More Units in Structure 109
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 367
Total Population Community County
2012 8,692 124,119
2010 8,576 123,143
2000 7,527 112,676
1990 6,156 104,348
1980 4,404 85,324
1970 1,865 70,431
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   4,263 Female:   4,328
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 715
Age 5 to 19 1,810
Age 20 to 34 1,477
Age 35 to 54 2,752
Age 55 to 64 1,209
Age 65 and over 628
Median Age 38 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 35.8%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $32,314
Median family income $87,252
Median household income $81,714
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $59,225
Female $49,516
Individuals below the poverty level 6.2%

Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 4,658 5,152
Employed 4,461 4,899
Unemployed 197 253
Unemployment Rate 4.2% 4.9%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 121 457
Average Weekly Wage $557 $1,006
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 682 849
Average Weekly Wage $623 $725
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 803 1,306
Average Weekly Wage $613 $823
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 208 285
Average Weekly Wage $537 $657
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,011 1,591
Average Weekly Wage $597 $793
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Barrington operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Dover or Coe-Brown Academy (Northwood) SAU 74
Career Technology Center(s): Dover Career Technical Center; Creteau Regional Technology Center, Rochester; Somersworth Career Technical Center Region: 12
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8
Total Enrollment 530 447
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 9 Total Capacity: 191
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Turbocam USA Manufacturer of components for turbo-machinery operations 120 2004
Associated Buyers Wholesale distributor of organic food products & supplements 45 1993
Computer Resources Software for school administrators 32 1980
Barrington Primary & Urgent Care Outpatient medical services 31 1991
Yankee Equipment Systems Commercial laundry equipment 30 1990
Christmas Dove Retail store 23 1973

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 4, 202
State Routes 9, 125, 126
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 12; I-95, Exit 5
Distance 8 miles; 18 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Skyhaven, Rochester
Runway 4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 41 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 38 miles
Portland, ME 59 miles
Boston, MA 73 miles
New York City, NY 286 miles
Montreal, Quebec 276 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.3%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.0%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 7.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 16.4%
Commuting to another NH community 77.3%
Commuting out-of-state 6.3%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Cinemas
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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
Other: Hiking

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, February 2014.
Community Response Received 05/08/13

All information regarding the communities is from sources deemed reliable and is submitted subject to errors, omissions, modifications, and withdrawals without notice. No warranty or representation is made as to the accuracy of the information contained herein. Specific questions regarding individual cities and towns should be directed to the community contact.


Translation Resources and Disclaimer

New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES)
45 South Fruit Street  |  Concord NH 03301  |  603-224-3311  |  1-800-852-3400
TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964
webmaster@nhes.nh.gov for web page related issues only