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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 sriffle@exeternh.gov
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 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 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 7,191 over 54 years, from 7,243 in 1960 to 14,334 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 24 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, following a 23 percent increase the previous decade. The 2014 Census estimate for Exeter was 14,434 residents, which ranked 19th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 730.5 persons per square mile of land area. Exeter contains 19.8 square miles of land area and 0.3 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $73,574,443
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $34,036,605
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/private wells
Sanitation Municipal/private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal/Contract
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramYes
Telephone Company Fairpoint; Comcast
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.54
2015 Equalization Ratio 94.5
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.59
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings76.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings21.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.0%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 6,469
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,366
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 784
Five or More Units in Structure 1,419
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 900
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 14,434 297,702
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   6,715 Female:   7,719
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 639
Age 5 to 19 2,898
Age 20 to 34 1,965
Age 35 to 54 4,520
Age 55 to 64 1,691
Age 65 and over 2,721
Median Age 44.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 47.9%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $40,310
Median family income $96,538
Median household income $74,071
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $68,254
Female $50,424
Individuals below the poverty level 7.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 7,674 8,007
Employed 7,343 7,676
Unemployed 331 331
Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,136 1,878
Average Weekly Wage $1,076 $1,367
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 6,495 7,370
Average Weekly Wage $725 $1,053
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 7,631 9,248
Average Weekly Wage $777 $1,117
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,106 951
Average Weekly Wage $729 $897
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 8,737 10,199
Average Weekly Wage $771 $1,097

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


(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
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 Region: 18
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 2 3 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 9-12 PG
Total Enrollment 1,012 48 2,008 1,084
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 10 Total Capacity: 702
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

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality


(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 AirfieldRunway2,100 ft. turf
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 33 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 31 miles
Portland, ME 68 miles
Boston, MA 52 miles
New York City, NY 263 miles
Montreal, Quebec 285 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.9%
Public transportation 1.1%
Walked 5.3%
Other Means 1.7%
Worked at home 5.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.1 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 33.0%
Commuting to another NH community 52.5%
Commuting out-of-state 14.5%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
X YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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
X 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, August 2016. Community Response Received 06/16/16

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