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Durham, NH

durham New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Durham
Michael Behrendt, Director of Planning
15 Newmarket Road
Durham, NH 03824-2898
Telephone (603) 868-8064
Fax (603) 868-8033
E-mail mbehrendt@ci.durham.nh.us
Web Site http://ci.durham.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

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

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 21
State Representative Strafford County District 6

Incorporated: 1732
Origin: Durham started as a parish of Dover called Oyster River Plantation, first settled in 1669. Durham was incorporated in 1732, probably to honor the first Puritan bishop, Richard Barnes, Bishop of Durham. Durham included what is now Lee until 1766, when that town was incorporated. Benjamin Thompson, descendent of an early settler, bequeathed the family estate, the Warner Farm, to be used for establishment of an agricultural college. The state agricultural school, originally set up in Hanover in 1866, was moved to Durham in 1890, becoming the University of New Hampshire in 1923.
Villages and Place Names: Oyster River
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,247 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Durham, including resident students, totaled 9,876 over 53 years, from 5,504 in 1960 to 15,380 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 61 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. The 2013 Census estimate for Durham was 15,380 residents, which ranked 16th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 686.6 persons per square mile of land area. Durham contains 22.4 square miles of land area and 2.4 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Administrator & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $13,155,029
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $39,645,812
Zoning Ordinance 1935/14
Master Plan 2000
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Town Planner/Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Town Council
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery; Historic; Economic Development
Public Library Durham Public; UNH Library

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Wentworth-Douglass, Dover 6 miles 124

Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier UNH/Durham Water System
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
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
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $30.41
2013 Equalization Ratio 96.8
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $29.56
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings83.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings14%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 3,701
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,290
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 139
Five or More Units in Structure 1,261
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 11
Total Population Community County
2013 15,141 124,119
2010 14,638 123,143
2000 12,684 112,676
1990 11,816 104,348
1980 10,652 85,324
1970 8,869 70,431
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   6,504 Female:   8,191
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 368
Age 5 to 19 5,491
Age 20 to 34 4,712
Age 35 to 54 2,290
Age 55 to 64 968
Age 65 and over 866
Median Age 20.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 72.8%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $25,664
Median family income $114,191
Median household income $72,176
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $77,188
Female $55,270
Individuals below the poverty level 20.1%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 6,518 7,845
Employed 6,319 7,425
Unemployed 199 420
Unemployment Rate 3.1% 5.4%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 559 n
Average Weekly Wage $1,140 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,500 n
Average Weekly Wage $487 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,059 1,876
Average Weekly Wage $664 $834
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 4,798 4,225
Average Weekly Wage $822 $1,206
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 6,856 6,100
Average Weekly Wage $775 $1,092

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Oyster River Cooperative (Durham, Lee, Madbury) SAU 5
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 1 1
Grade Levels 5-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 678 673
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 6 Total Capacity: 274
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

University of New Hampshire Education 4,552
Goss International Printing press 403
Town of Durham Municipal services 90

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 4
State Routes 108, 155, 155A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exit 5
Distance 8 miles
Railroad Amtrak Downeaster
Public Transportation COAST; Wildcat Transit
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Pease International
Runway 11,321 ft. asphalt/concrete
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 39 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 37 miles
Portland, ME 61 miles
Boston, MA 64 miles
New York City, NY 277 miles
Montreal, Quebec 282 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 54.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.3%
Public transportation 5.2%
Walked 28.9%
Other Means 2%
Worked at home 3.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 19.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 44.4%
Commuting to another NH community 43.4%
Commuting out-of-state 12.2%
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
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X 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
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
Other: Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/29/2014

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