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Farmington, NH

farmington New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Farmington Board of Selectmen
Kathy Seaver, Town Clerk/Tax Collector
356 Main Street, Municipal Offices
Farmington, NH 03835
Telephone (603) 755-3657
Fax (603) 755-9128
E-mail tctc@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 Dover-Durham, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA
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 3,537 over 54 years, from 3,287 in 1960 to 6,824 in 2014. 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 2014 Census estimate for Farmington was 6,824 residents, which ranked 47th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 186.9 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, 2016 $9,203,141
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $17,138,029
Zoning Ordinance 1979/14
Master Plan 2008
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Budget
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery; 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 92

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; 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 Fairpoint; TDS Telecom
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) $25.09
2015 Equalization Ratio 97.0
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.12
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings83.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings13.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.3%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,907
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,867
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 257
Five or More Units in Structure 175
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 608
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 6,824 124,387
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   3,539 Female:   3,285
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 306
Age 5 to 19 1,212
Age 20 to 34 1,394
Age 35 to 54 2,065
Age 55 to 64 1,043
Age 65 and over 804
Median Age 40.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 86.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 16.2%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $28,701
Median family income $65,366
Median household income $50,632
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $53,458
Female $36,711
Individuals below the poverty level 13.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 3,212 3,585
Employed 3,088 3,424
Unemployed 124 161
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 4.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 319 225
Average Weekly Wage $844 $1,079
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 425 430
Average Weekly Wage $520 $599
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 744 655
Average Weekly Wage $659 $764
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 297 345
Average Weekly Wage $579 $686
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,040 1,000
Average Weekly Wage $636 $737

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Farmington operates grades K-12 SAU 61
Career Technology Center(s): Lakes Region Technology Center (Wolfeboro) Region: 9
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-3 4-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 402 409 302
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 135
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

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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, RochesterRunway4,200 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 52 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 52 miles
Portland, ME 55 miles
Boston, MA 81 miles
New York City, NY 292 miles
Montreal, Quebec 264 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 11.8%
Public transportation 0.4%
Walked 0.8%
Other Means 2.0%
Worked at home 5.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 13.7%
Commuting to another NH community 72.8%
Commuting out-of-state 13.5%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X 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 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, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/16/16

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