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

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 [email protected]
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 2,430 over 54 years, from 1,490 in 1960 to 3,920 in 2014. 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 2014 Census estimate for Candia was 3,920 residents, which ranked 96th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 129.2 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Hopkinton. Candia contains 30.3 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
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

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Elliot Hospital, Manchester 10 miles 266
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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.42
2015 Equalization Ratio 92.2
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.56
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings92.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings6.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.5%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,520
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,414
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 27
Five or More Units in Structure 12
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 67
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 3,920 297,702
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   2,020 Female:   1,900
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 128
Age 5 to 19 713
Age 20 to 34 481
Age 35 to 54 1,374
Age 55 to 64 741
Age 65 and over 483
Median Age 47.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 33.4%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $39,822
Median family income $98,333
Median household income $93,977
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $70,710
Female $46,783
Individuals below the poverty level 3.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 2,567 2,440
Employed 2,492 2,353
Unemployed 75 87
Unemployment Rate 2.9% 3.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
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

If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
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; Pinkerton Academy Center for CTE; Salem HS Career & Technical Ed Ctr Region: 15; 17
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 329 36
2016 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

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
High Speed Technologies Service, calibration, electric motors 30 1995
Action Equipment Light & heavy equipment rental 25 1992
Severino Construction Construction 10 1978
CoPart's On-Line auto auction
Swain Plumbing & Heating Plumbing, heating 10 1985
Precision Auto Body Auto body repair
Candia Springs Adventure Park Water park, adventure course, ziplines

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 RegionalRunway9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 15 miles
Number of Passenger 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 258 miles
Montreal, Quebec 266 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.2%
Public transportation 1.2%
Walked 1.5%
Other Means 1.6%
Worked at home 7.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 37.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 17.3%
Commuting to another NH community 70.1%
Commuting out-of-state 12.6%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/25/16

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
[email protected] for web page related issues only