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Candia, NH

candia New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Candia Selectmen's Office
Board of Selectmen
74 High Street
Candia, NH 03034
Telephone (603) 483-8101
Fax (603) 483-0252
E-mail info@candianh.org
Web Site www.candianh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 3 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Manchester, NH Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Southern NH
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 4
State Senate District District 16
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 2, 32

Incorporated: 1763
Origin: First settled in 1748 as part of Chester, the town was originally called Charmingfare, probably because of its many parades, which are bridle paths winding through pleasant scenery. It was separated from Chester and named Candia in 1763 by Governor Benning Wentworth, possibly in memory of his sea travels as a Portsmouth trader following his graduation from Harvard in 1715. Candia was the name of the principal city of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. Candia was the birthplace of poet, journalist, and publisher Sam Walter Foss.
Villages and Place Names: Bean Island, Candia Four Corners, East Candia, Candia Station
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,040 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Candia totaled 2,417 over 53 years, from 1,490 in 1960 to 3,907 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 50 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; the smallest, a ten percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2013 Census estimate for Candia was 3,907 residents, which ranked 96th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 128.8 persons per square mile of land area. Candia contains 30.3 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $3,005,383
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $8,059,552
Zoning Ordinance 1960/10
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget
Appointed:Conservation; Zoning; Heritage
Public Library Smyth Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Elliot Hospital, Manchester 10 miles 296
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester 12 miles 240

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
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 ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.20
2014 Equalization Ratio 98.0
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.54
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings92.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings6.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.5%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,486
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,378
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 36
Five or More Units in Structure 10
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 62
Total Population Community County
2013 3,907 297,728
2010 3,909 295,223
2000 3,939 278,748
1990 3,575 246,744
1980 2,989 190,345
1970 1,997 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   1,998 Female:   1,909
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 138
Age 5 to 19 686
Age 20 to 34 578
Age 35 to 54 1,390
Age 55 to 64 664
Age 65 and over 451
Median Age 45.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 31.7%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 36,618
Median family income 100,513
Median household income 92,813
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 57,958
Female 47,972
Individuals below the poverty level 4.5%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 2,567 2,440
Employed 2,492 2,353
Unemployed 75.0 87
Unemployment Rate 2.9% 3.6%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 223 215
Average Weekly Wage $995 $1,021
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 377 440
Average Weekly Wage $591 $679
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 600 654
Average Weekly Wage $742 $791
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 136 117
Average Weekly Wage $544 $749
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 736 771
Average Weekly Wage $705 $785
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Candia operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Manchester SAU 15
Career Technology Center(s): Manchester School of Technology; Concord Regional Technical Center; Pinkerton Academy Center for CTE; Salem HS Career & Technical Ed Ctr Region: 11; 15; 17
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 352 42
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 126
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: UNH-Manchester; St. Anselm; Mount Washington College; Southern NH University

High Speed Technologies Service, calibration, electric motors 30 1995
Action Equipment Light & heavy equipment rental 25 1992
Severino Construction Construction 10 1978
Car World Used auto parts 10 1989
Swain Plumbing & Heating Plumbing, heating 10 1985
Precision Auto Body Auto body repair
Liquid Planet Water Park Water park 2008
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 27, 43, 101
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 7
Distance 8 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Manchester-Boston Regional
Runway 9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 15 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 12 miles
Portland, ME 89 miles
Boston, MA 59 miles
New York City, NY 264 miles
Montreal, Quebec 267 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.4%
Public transportation 1%
Walked 2.3%
Other Means 0.8%
Worked at home 6.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 18.6%
Commuting to another NH community 70.9%
Commuting out-of-state 10.5%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre
Other: Charmingfare Farm; Abe Emerson Wildlife Sanctuary

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 05/22/15

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