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Hampton, NH

hampton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Hampton
Frederick W. Welch, Town Manager
100 Winnacunnet Road
Hampton, NH 03842
Telephone (603) 929-5908
Fax (603) 926-6853
E-mail inquries@town.hampton.nh.us
Web Site www.hamptonnh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen, Town Manager, Administrative Assistant: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 5 pm, Friday, 8 am - 11:30 am; Tax Collector: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 5 pm, Friday, 8 am - 12 noon

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Portsmouth, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Coastal Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 3
State Senate District District 24
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 21, 37

Incorporated: 1639
Origin: First called Winnacunnet, the Indian name for pleasant pines, Hampton was one of four original New Hampshire towns established by the Massachusetts government. In 1638, the area, which included land now in Seabrook, Kensington, Danville, Kingston, East Kingston, Sandown, North Hampton, South Hampton, Hampton Falls, and Great Boar's Head, was settled by a group of parishioners led by Reverend Stephen Bachiler. The Reverend had previously preached in Hampton, England, and the town was incorporated as Hampton in 1639. Poet John Greenleaf Whittier was a direct descendant of Reverend Bachiler. Construction of the railroad in the 1850s made Hampton´┐Żs oceanfront a popular resort.
Villages and Place Names: Coffins Mill, Eastman Point, Elmwood Corners, Great Boars Head, Hampton Beach, Hampton Landing, North Beach, Plaice Cove, Smith Colony, The Five Corners, The Plantation, The Willows
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 853 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Hampton totaled 9,694 over 54 years, from 5,379 in 1960 to 15,073 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 49 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. The 2014 Census estimate for Hampton was 15,073 residents, which ranked 18th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 1,095.4 persons per square mile of land area, the eighth highest among the cities and towns. Hampton contains 13.8 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $30,487,548
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $29,781,474
Zoning Ordinance 1949/15
Master Plan 2009
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Budget; Checklist
Appointed:Conservation; Highway Safety; Leased Land Real Estate; Recreation; Cable TV; Mosquito Control
Public Library Lane Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 8 miles 99

Electric Supplier Unitil; Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier Aquarion Water Company NH
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) $19.16
2015 Equalization Ratio 87.8
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $16.57
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings83.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings13.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.7%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 9,516
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 6,234
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1,108
Five or More Units in Structure 1,900
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 274
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 15,073 297,702
2010 15,430 295,223
2000 14,973 278,748
1990 12,324 246,744
1980 10,493 190,345
1970 8,011 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   7,284 Female:   7,789
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 415
Age 5 to 19 2,764
Age 20 to 34 1,528
Age 35 to 54 4,579
Age 55 to 64 2,758
Age 65 and over 3,029
Median Age 48.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 47.1%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $43,081
Median family income $94,489
Median household income $73,750
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $66,474
Female $51,406
Individuals below the poverty level 7.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 9,195 8,573
Employed 8,786 8,121
Unemployed 409 452
Unemployment Rate 4.4% 5.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,056 823
Average Weekly Wage $1,008 $1,101
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 4,269 3,878
Average Weekly Wage $1,275 $993
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 5,325 4,701
Average Weekly Wage $1,222 $1,012
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,058 1,030
Average Weekly Wage $746 $879
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 6,383 5,731
Average Weekly Wage $1,143 $988

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Hampton operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are part of Winnacunnet Cooperative (Hampton, Hampton Falls, North Hampton, Seabrook) SAU 90 & 21
Career Technology Center(s): Seacoast School of Technology Region: 18
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 730 381 1,083 169
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 7 Total Capacity: 363
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Foss Manufacturing Co. of NH Auto, marine carpet 190
Brazonics Electroplating 100 1996
QA Tech Co., Inc. Spring contact probes 25 1983
Unitil Electric utility
Waste Management Inc. Waste management service
Wheelabrator Technologies Inc Renewable energy generating Co
Sleep Net Sleep apnea products 40 1990
Aquarion Water Company of NH Water supplier

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 1
State Routes 1A, 27, 101E, 151
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exit 2
Distance Local access
Railroad Guilford Rail Service
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Hampton AirfieldRunway2,100 ft. turf
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 39 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 38 miles
Portland, ME 65 miles
Boston, MA 46 miles
New York City, NY 257 miles
Montreal, Quebec 293 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.9%
Public transportation 0.7%
Walked 2.0%
Other Means 1.6%
Worked at home 9.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 29.5%
Commuting to another NH community 47.4%
Commuting out-of-state 23.1%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
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
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre, Bradford (MA)
Other: Indoor Soccer Arena; Hampton Beach State Park; Hampton State Pier; Annual Seafood Festival

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/11/16

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