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Hampstead, NH

hampstead New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Hampstead Board of Selectmen
Sally Theriault, CPM, Administrative Assistant
11 Main Street
Hampstead, NH 03841
Telephone (603) 329-4100 x100
Fax (603) 329-6628
E-mail sally.theriault@comcast.net
Web Site www.hampsteadnh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday, 7 am - 7 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 7 am - 4 pm, Friday, 7 am - 12 noon

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division
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 19
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 13, 34

Incorporated: 1749
Origin: Hampstead began as a part of Haverhill and Amesbury, Massachusetts, and was formed as a result of the 1739 change in boundary lines between Massachusetts and the new province of New Hampshire. It was originally known as Timberlane Parish, because of the heavy growth of native trees. In 1749, residents of the area voted to petition the governor for incorporation. Governor Benning Wentworth named the town Hampstead, after the English town where William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, lived. Pitt, a close friend of Governor Wentworth, was Prime Minister of England, and a supporter of the American cause.
Villages and Place Names: East Hampstead, West Hampstead
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 724 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Hampstead totaled 7,282 over 54 years, from 1,261 in 1960 to 8,543 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 90 percent increase between 1960 and 1970; an 81 percent increase occurred between 1980 and 1990. The 2014 Census estimate for Hampstead was 8,543 residents, which ranked 35th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 637.1 persons per square mile of land area. Hampstead contains 13.4 square miles of land area and 0.7 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $5,930,592
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $24,643,892
Zoning Ordinance 1952/12
Master Plan 2013
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery; Budget; School; Trust Funds
Appointed:Conservation; Zoning; Cable TV; Historic; Recreation; Recycling-Waste Disposal
Public Library Hampstead Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time & part-time
Fire Department Full & part-time
Emergency Medical Service Full, part-time & volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Parkland Medical Center, Derry 9 miles 82

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Hampstead Area Water Company
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
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) $22.43
2015 Equalization Ratio 90.8
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.24
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings85.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings12.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.5%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,599
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,694
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 377
Five or More Units in Structure 342
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 186
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 8,543 297,702
2010 8,523 295,223
2000 8,305 278,748
1990 6,848 246,744
1980 3,785 190,345
1970 2,401 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   4,373 Female:   4,170
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 380
Age 5 to 19 1,649
Age 20 to 34 1,163
Age 35 to 54 2,709
Age 55 to 64 1,244
Age 65 and over 1,398
Median Age 46.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 36.0%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $39,960
Median family income $107,533
Median household income $88,689
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $70,977
Female $49,892
Individuals below the poverty level 6.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 4,649 4,949
Employed 4,407 4,696
Unemployed 242 253
Unemployment Rate 5.2% 5.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 499 366
Average Weekly Wage $739 $948
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,579 1,722
Average Weekly Wage $592 $681
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,078 2,088
Average Weekly Wage $627 $728
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 83 103
Average Weekly Wage $391 $603
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 2,162 2,191
Average Weekly Wage $618 $722

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Hampstead operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Pinkerton Academy (Derry) SAU 55
Career Technology Center(s): Pinkerton Academy Center for CTE Region: 17
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 457 447 115
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 10 Total Capacity: 503
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Hampstead Hospital Psychiatric care, services 130 1975
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket
East Coast Lumber Lumber sales 35 1976
Walgreens Pharmacy 2008

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 111, 121, 121A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 3
Distance 8 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation CART
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Lawrence (MA) MunicipalRunway5,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 17 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 27 miles
Portland, ME 87 miles
Boston, MA 43 miles
New York City, NY 245 miles
Montreal, Quebec 281 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.6%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 0.9%
Other Means 0.2%
Worked at home 6.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 22.7%
Commuting to another NH community 44.0%
Commuting out-of-state 33.3%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
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 Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
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
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre
Other: Walking Trail System

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/12/16

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