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Epping, NH

epping New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Epping
Gregory C. Dodge, Town Administrator
157 Main Street
Epping, NH 03042
Telephone (603) 679-5441
Fax (603) 679-3002
E-mail [email protected]
Web Site www.townofepping.com

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, Friday, 8 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 11 am - 7 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9 am - 3:30 pm, Friday, 9 am - 2:30 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Portsmouth, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 3
State Senate District District 23
State Representative Rockingham County District 9

Incorporated: 1741
Origin: This was one of the last towns chartered by Massachusetts Governor Jonathan Belcher prior to the establishment of New Hampshire as an independent province. Once a parish of Exeter, Epping was incorporated as a separate town in 1741. It was probably named for Epping Forest, a suburb of London used by royalty for deer hunting, which was likely familiar to Governor Belcher. Epping was the home of three of New Hampshire's governors: William Plumer (1759-1850), David Morril (1772-1849), and Benjamin Franklin Prescott (1833-1895).
Villages and Place Names: Camp Hedding, Martin Crossing, North Epping, West Epping
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,233 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Epping totaled 4,581 over 54 years, from 2,006 in 1960 to 6,587 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 52 percent increase between 1980 and 1990, following a 47 percent increase the previous decade. The 2014 Census estimate for Epping was 6,587 residents, which ranked 49th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 252.6 persons per square mile of land area. Epping contains 26.1 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen/SB 2 Voting
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $9,276,731
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $18,932,558
Zoning Ordinance 1968/15
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Cemetery; Budget; Trust Funds; Water & Sewer
Appointed:Conservation; Recreation
Public Library Harvey-Mitchell Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full, part-time, volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Full, part-time & volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 10 miles 99

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Epping Water Department
Sanitation Epping Sewer
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.94
2015 Equalization Ratio 94.4
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.55
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings78.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings19.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.3%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,909
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,271
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 175
Five or More Units in Structure 89
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 374
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 6,587 297,702
2010 6,411 295,223
2000 5,549 278,748
1990 5,267 246,744
1980 3,460 190,345
1970 2,356 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   3,334 Female:   3,253
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 479
Age 5 to 19 1,122
Age 20 to 34 921
Age 35 to 54 2,161
Age 55 to 64 1,032
Age 65 and over 872
Median Age 41.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 27.5%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $33,535
Median family income $86,475
Median household income $77,321
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $64,595
Female $39,868
Individuals below the poverty level 6.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 3,430 3,867
Employed 3,291 3,696
Unemployed 139 171
Unemployment Rate 4.1% 4.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 174 107
Average Weekly Wage $627 $827
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,241 2,495
Average Weekly Wage $466 $577
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,415 2,602
Average Weekly Wage $486 $587
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 328 383
Average Weekly Wage $740 $773
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,743 2,985
Average Weekly Wage $534 $611

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Epping operates grades K-12 SAU 14
Career Technology Center(s): Seacoast School of Technology Region: 18
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 497 219 276
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 7 Total Capacity: 212
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England; University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Wal-Mart Retail store, supermarket 317 2004
Epping Elementary and High Schools Education 210
McDonald's Fast food restaurant 65
Errco Demolition recycling 30
Burger King Fast food restaurant 25
Lowe's Home improvement center 135
Abenaki Timber Lumber, timber 16
Market Basket Supermarket 400
Wendy's Fast food restaurant 22 2005

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 27, 101, 125
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exit 2
Distance 13 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Hampton AirfieldRunway2,100 ft. turf
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 27 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 23 miles
Portland, ME 74 miles
Boston, MA 60 miles
New York City, NY 256 miles
Montreal, Quebec 278 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.4%
Public transportation 0.9%
Walked 1.4%
Other Means 1.1%
Worked at home 2.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 18.4%
Commuting to another NH community 63.1%
Commuting out-of-state 18.5%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
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
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre
Other: Two race tracks

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/16/16

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