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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 7,144 over 53 years, from 7,243 in 1960 to 14,387 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 24 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, following a 23 percent increase the previous decade. The 2013 Census estimate for Exeter was 14,387 residents, which ranked 19th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 728.1 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.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $30,685,876
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $33,091,710
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

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

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:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.03
2013 Equalization Ratio 93.8
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.88
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings76.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings21.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.9%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 6,449
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,344
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 692
Five or More Units in Structure 1,512
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 901
Total Population Community County
2013 14,387 297,728
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) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    6,528 Female:    7,859
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 662
Age 5 to 19 2,878
Age 20 to 34 1,790
Age 35 to 54 4,671
Age 55 to 64 1,707
Age 65 and over 2,679
Median Age 44.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 46.9%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $37,972
Median family income $96,215
Median household income $74,350
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $68,250
Female $42,488
Individuals below the poverty level 8.7%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 7,640 7,927
Employed 7,296 7,525
Unemployed 344 402
Unemployment Rate 4.5% 5.1%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,060 1,774
Average Weekly Wage $1,029 $1,317
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 7,068 7,218
Average Weekly Wage $709 $993
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 8,128 8,991
Average Weekly Wage $751 $1,057
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,114 959
Average Weekly Wage $686 $877
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 9,243 9,950
Average Weekly Wage $743 $1,040

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 1,023 23 1,921 1,081
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 12 Total Capacity: 698
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

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

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 58.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 19.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 3.1%
Worked at home 18.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 24.1%
Commuting to another NH community 64.7%
Commuting out-of-state 11.2%
X Municipal Parks
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
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, March 2015.
Community Response Received 05/30/14

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