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Farmington, NH


farmington New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Farmington Board of Selectmen
Kathy Menici, Director Planning & Community Development
356 Main Street, Municipal Offices
Farmington, NH 03835
Telephone (603) 755-2774 x37
Fax (603) 755-9934
E-mail planningdirector@metrocast.net
Web Site www.farmington.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 am - 5 pm, Thursday, 8:30 am - 7 pm, Friday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

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

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

Incorporated: 1798
Origin: This town started as West Parish, a portion of Rochester that included several large farms. Those farms were separated from Rochester in 1798 as Farmington, a reference to the area's fertile farmland. It was also known as Farmington Dock because its location on the Cocheco River was an ideal spot for sawmills. Those sawmills expanded into shoe-making factories, one of the first places to use automated shoe-making machines instead of handwork. One Farmington resident known in the shoe trade was Jeremiah J. Colbath, who, after changing his name to Henry Wilson, was elected Vice-President under Ulysses S. Grant.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,029 residents in 1800
Population Trends: Population change for Farmington totaled 3,510 over 53 years, from 3,287 in 1960 to 6,797 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 29 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 23 percent increase over the next decade. The 2013 Census estimate for Farmington was 6,797 residents, which ranked 48th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 186.2 persons per square mile of land area. Farmington contains 37.0 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $6,661,831
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $18,376,851
Zoning Ordinance 1979/14
Master Plan 2008
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery; Budget; Economic Development; Downtown
Public Library Goodwin

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 10 miles 82

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Farmington Water Department
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Bayring; TDS Telecom
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
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.00
2013 Equalization Ratio 110.3
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.86
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings86.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings12.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.5%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 2,831
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,684
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 340
Five or More Units in Structure 290
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 517
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2013 6,796 124,119
2010 6,786 123,143
2000 5,804 112,676
1990 5,706 104,348
1980 4,630 85,324
1970 3,588 70,431
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   3,424 Female:   3,344
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 172
Age 5 to 19 1,428
Age 20 to 34 1,176
Age 35 to 54 2,104
Age 55 to 64 994
Age 65 and over 894
Median Age 41.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 87.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 13.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $27,948
Median family income $63,326
Median household income $55,451
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $53,413
Female $35,325
Individuals below the poverty level 12%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 3,150 3,506
Employed 2,990 3,307
Unemployed 160 199
Unemployment Rate 5.1% 5.7%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 407 254
Average Weekly Wage $803 $1,068
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 422 398
Average Weekly Wage $525 $599
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 829 653
Average Weekly Wage $661 $782
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 299 356
Average Weekly Wage $565 $659
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,128 1,008
Average Weekly Wage $636 $739

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
Schools students attend: Farmington operates grades K-12 SAU 61
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 1
Grade Levels P K 1-3 8-Apr 12-Sep
Total Enrollment 371 443 396
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 173
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay; Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Cameron's Sod Farm Lawn & garden supplies 40 1935
Pike Industries Asphalt, gravel, stone 30 1975
TDS Telecom Telecommunications 44 2009
Schaffer Rolls Rubber rolls 32 1979
TD Bank Banking services 20 1927
Energy Resource Mechanical contracting & power plant svcs 15 1998
Three Phase Line Electric Specialized electrical contractor 15 1999
Winnisquam Wood Products Countertop fabrication 20 2011

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 11, 75, 153
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 15; I-95, Exit 5
Distance 7 miles; 26 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation COAST
 
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Skyhaven, Rochester
Runway 4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 52 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 49 miles
Portland, ME 56 miles
Boston, MA 81 miles
New York City, NY 294 miles
Montreal, Quebec 266 miles

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 13.8%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 1.1%
Other Means 0.4%
Worked at home 4.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.3 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 10.4%
Commuting to another NH community 78.4%
Commuting out-of-state 11.2%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
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
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
   
Other: Hayday Festival

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 7/7/2014

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