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Goffstown, NH

Goffstown New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Goffstown Economic Development
Derek M. Horne, Economic Development Coordinator
Town Hall, 16 Main Street
Goffstown, NH 03045
Telephone (603) 497-8990 x119
Fax (603) 497-8993
E-mail dhorne@goffstownnh.gov
Web Site www.goffstown.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Manchester NH Metro-NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Southern NH
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 4
State Senate District 20
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 6, 39

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: This town started as a part of Massachusetts, and was known as Narragansett Number 4, Piscataquog Village, and then Shovestown before installation of the New Hampshire provincial government. In 1748, the area was granted to new settlers, including Colonel John Goffe. He had fought in the French and Indian Wars, worked for Governor Wentworth as a surveyor, and became judge of probate for Hillsborough County. Goffstown was officially named for Colonel Goffe when it was incorporated in 1761. The town includes the village of Grasmere, named for the English home of poets Wordsworth and Coleridge.
Villages and Place Names: Grasmere, Pinardville, Goffstown Village
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,275 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population in Goffstown had the 13th largest numeric change over 52 years, increasing by a total of 10,479, from 7,230 in 1960 to 17,709 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was a 31 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2012 Census estimate for Goffstown was 17,709 residents, which ranked 14th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 478.9 persons per square mile of land area. Goffstown contains 36.9 square miles of land area and 0.6 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $20,716,076
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013 $36,174,883
Zoning Ordinance 1961/13
Master Plan 2009
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Library; School; Zoning
Appointed:Conservation; Cemetery; Historic; Economic Development; Parks & Recreation
Public Library Goffstown Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Elliot Hospital, Manchester 10 miles 279
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester 8 miles 233

Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Grasmere Water; Goffstown Village; Manchester Water
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.18
2012 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.09
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings86.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings10.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.7%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 6,516
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 4,458
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 930
Five or More Units in Structure 683
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 445
Total Population Community County
2012 17,709 402,922
2010 17,651 400,721
2000 16,980 382,384
1990 14,769 336,549
1980 11,315 276,608
1970 9,284 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   8,551 Female:   9,117
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 571
Age 5 to 19 3,851
Age 20 to 34 3,674
Age 35 to 54 5,248
Age 55 to 64 2,205
Age 65 and over 2,119
Median Age 39 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 90.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 30.4%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $30,438
Median family income $85,310
Median household income $71,031
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $53,978
Female $43,621
Individuals below the poverty level 4.3%

Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 9,789 10,280
Employed 9,461 9,804
Unemployed 328 476
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 4.6%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 603 345
Average Weekly Wage $782 $1,018
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,843 1,683
Average Weekly Wage $463 $586
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,446 2,028
Average Weekly Wage $542 $659
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 665 1,281
Average Weekly Wage $665 $750
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,111 3,309
Average Weekly Wage $568 $694
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Goffstown operates grades K-12 SAU 19
Career Technology Center(s): Manchester School of Technology Region: 15
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 9-12 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 630 870 1,169 153
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 18 Total Capacity: 691
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: St. Anselm; Mount Washington College; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester

Saint Anselm College Education 475 1889
Town of Goffstown Municipal services 298 1761
Shaw's Supermarket Supermarket 200 1974
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 200 1993
McClellan Automation Custom automation 50 1989
Hillsborough County County services 70 1769
Northeast Sheet Metal, Inc. Sheet metal fabrication 70 1976
New Hampshire Steel Fabricators Steel Fabrication 40 1993
Happy House Amusement Arcade machines 35 1986

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 13, 114
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-293, Exit 4
Distance 8 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Manchester-Boston Regional
Runway 9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 13 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 9 miles
Portland, ME 107 miles
Boston, MA 61 miles
New York City, NY 259 miles
Montreal, Quebec 250 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.1%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.5%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 10.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 23.0%
Commuting to another NH community 70.7%
Commuting out-of-state 6.3%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X 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
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak, Crotched Mountain
Other: Outdoor Ice Skating Rink; Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off & Regatta; Municipal Rail Trail

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, February 2014.
Community Response Received 05/30/13

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