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Exeter, NH


Exeter New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Exeter
Russell Dean, Town Manager
10 Front Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Telephone (603) 778-0591
Fax (603) 772-4709
E-mail webmaster@town.exeter.nh.us
Web Site http://exeternh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday through Friday, 8:15 am - 4 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Haverhill MA-NH NECTA Division, NH Portion
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 3
State Senate District 23
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 18, 36

Incorporated: 1638
Origin: Exeter was one of the four original towns established in New Hampshire, and was first settled in 1638 as Squamscott. It was given the name Exeter by the settlement's managers, known as the Exeter Combination. The riverside location of the town made it a shipbuilding center and West Indies trading port. Exeter's charter included the present-day towns of Epping, Newmarket, Newfields, and Brentwood. Exeter was the birthplace of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the figure of Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. Both the Phillips Exeter Academy, endowed by Colonel John Phillips in 1781, and the American Independence Museum are located in Exeter.
Villages and Place Names: Dows Corner, Gooch Corner, Haynes Corner, Jady Hill, Perkins Hill
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,722 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Exeter totaled 7,186 over 52 years, from 7,243 in 1960 to 14,429 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was a 24 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, following a 23 percent increase the previous decade. The 2012 Census estimate for Exeter was 14,429 residents, which ranked 19th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 731.4 persons per square mile of land area. Exeter contains 19.6 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $22,945,918
Budget: School Appropriations, 2012 $33,406,047
Zoning Ordinance 1973/13
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Swasey; Trust Funds
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Historic District; Budget; Housing Auth.; Economic Development; Heritage; Energy; Water & Sewer
Public Library Exeter Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter Local 99

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier Town of Exeter
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramYes
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.92
2012 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.23
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings76.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings21.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.7%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 6,472
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,381
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 777
Five or More Units in Structure 1,438
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 876
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2012 14,429 297,820
2010 14,306 295,223
2000 14,098 278,748
1990 12,654 246,744
1980 11,024 190,345
1970 8,892 138,951
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   6,775 Female:   7,596
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 669
Age 5 to 19 2,779
Age 20 to 34 1,763
Age 35 to 54 4,796
Age 55 to 64 1,674
Age 65 and over 2,690
Median Age 45 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 46.7%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $38,220
Median family income $97,090
Median household income $72,231
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $65,933
Female $43,343
Individuals below the poverty level 7.0%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 7,834 7,913
Employed 7,483 7,462
Unemployed 351 451
Unemployment Rate 4.5% 5.7%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,034 1,466
Average Weekly Wage $1,000 $1,491
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 6,924 7,417
Average Weekly Wage $703 $959
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 7,958 8,883
Average Weekly Wage $741 $1,047
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,164 949
Average Weekly Wage $644 $873
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 9,122 9,832
Average Weekly Wage $729 $1,030
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
Schools students attend: Exeter operates grades K-5; grades 6-12 are part of Exeter Region Cooperative (Brentwood, East Kingston, Kensington, Newfields, Stratham, Exeter) SAU 16
Career Technology Center(s): Seacoast School of Technology, Exeter Region: 18
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1 3 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 1,028 12 1,940 1,064
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 12 Total Capacity: 685
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Exeter Hospital Health care services 900 1897
Philips Exeter Academy Education 520 1781
Osram Sylvania Electronics 318 1965
Town of Exeter Municipal services 150 1638
Riverwoods at Exeter Elderly housing, health care 500 1994
Sigarms Handguns 200 1989
Cobham Electronics 370 1988

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 27, 85, 88, 101, 108, 111, 111A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exit 2
Distance 6 miles
Railroad Amtrak Downeaster
Public Transportation COAST
 
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Hampton Airfield
Runway 2,100 ft. turf
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 33 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 31 miles
Portland, ME 67 miles
Boston, MA 52 miles
New York City, NY 265 miles
Montreal, Quebec 286 miles

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.4%
Public transportation 0.9%
Walked 5.3%
Other Means 2.2%
Worked at home 4.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.0 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 33.3%
Commuting to another NH community 48.7%
Commuting out-of-state 18.0%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X 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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
   
Other: Walking Trails

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

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