NHES and ELMI agency logos
New Hampshire Employment Security - an official New Hampshire Government web site
Smaller text size Reset text size Larger text size
link to website translation page

ELMI Home > Products > Community Profiles >

Community Profiles

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 Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Southern NH
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 4
State Senate District 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 54 years, increasing by a total of 10,535, from 7,230 in 1960 to 17,765 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 31 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2014 Census estimate for Goffstown was 17,765 residents, which ranked 14th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 478.3 persons per square mile of land area. Goffstown contains 37.1 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $23,215,009
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $39,993,037
Zoning Ordinance 1961/15
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

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Elliot Hospital, Manchester 10 miles 266
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester 8 miles 240

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.16
2015 Equalization Ratio 91.4
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.67
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings85.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings11.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.0%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 6,606
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 4,779
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 808
Five or More Units in Structure 741
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 278
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 17,765 402,776
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   8,638 Female:   9,127
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 695
Age 5 to 19 3,827
Age 20 to 34 3,485
Age 35 to 54 4,904
Age 55 to 64 2,379
Age 65 and over 2,475
Median Age 39.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 90.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 30.6%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $32,661
Median family income $86,322
Median household income $69,123
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $60,513
Female $46,750
Individuals below the poverty level 5.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 10,100 10,185
Employed 9,816 9,817
Unemployed 284 368
Unemployment Rate 2.8% 3.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 560 413
Average Weekly Wage $844 $1,068
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,982 1,654
Average Weekly Wage $491 $579
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,542 2,067
Average Weekly Wage $569 $677
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,017 1,268
Average Weekly Wage $689 $776
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,559 3,334
Average Weekly Wage $603 $715

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Goffstown operates grades K-12 SAU 19
Career Technology Center(s): Concord Regional Technical Center; Manchester School of Technology Region: 11; 15
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 3 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 818 863 1,107
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 17 Total Capacity: 685
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: St. Anselm; Mount Washington College; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Saint Anselm College Education 475 1889
Town of Goffstown Municipal services 125 1761
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 200 1993
Hillsborough County County services 70 1769
Northeast Sheet Metal, Inc. Sheet metal fabrication 100 1976
New Hampshire Steel Fabricators Steel Fabrication 40 1993
Happy House Amusement Arcade machines 35 1986
Goffstown School District Education 350 1769

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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 RegionalRunway9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 13 miles
Number of Passenger 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 257 miles
Montreal, Quebec 250 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.1%
Public transportation 0.1%
Walked 3.2%
Other Means 1.1%
Worked at home 10.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 25.3%
Commuting to another NH community 68.5%
Commuting out-of-state 6.2%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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: Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off & Regatta; Municipal Rail Trail; Uncanoonuc Mountain Hiking Trails

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 06/27/16

All information regarding the communities is from sources deemed reliable and is submitted subject to errors, omissions, modifications, and withdrawals without notice. No warranty or representation is made as to the accuracy of the information contained herein. Specific questions regarding individual cities and towns should be directed to the community contact.


Translation Resources and Disclaimer

New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES)
45 South Fruit Street  |  Concord NH 03301  |  603-224-3311  |  1-800-852-3400
TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964
webmaster@nhes.nh.gov for web page related issues only