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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 Thursday, 8 am - 4:30 pm, Friday, 8 am - 12 noon; 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's 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 9,741 over 53 years, from 5,379 in 1960 to 15,120 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 49 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. The 2013 Census estimate for Hampton was 15,120 residents, which ranked 16th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 1,098.8 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.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $27,714,561
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $28,022,815
Zoning Ordinance 1949/14
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; Heritage; Highway Safety; Leased Land Real Estate; Recreation; Recycling Education; Cable TV; Mosquito Control
Public Library Lane Memorial

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 Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.31
2013 Equalization Ratio 95.6
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.50
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings82.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings13.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.9%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 9,554
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 6,128
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1,241
Five or More Units in Structure 1,952
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 233
Total Population Community County
2013 2,315 297,728
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) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    7,187 Female:    7,933
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 438
Age 5 to 19 2,771
Age 20 to 34 1,434
Age 35 to 54 4,661
Age 55 to 64 2,790
Age 65 and over 3,026
Median Age 48.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 40.8%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $41,913
Median family income $86,364
Median household income $68,162
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $60,053
Female $50,925
Individuals below the poverty level 7.5%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 9,014 9,546
Employed 8,572 8,987
Unemployed 442 559
Unemployment Rate 4.9% 5.9%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,119 794
Average Weekly Wage $935 $1,093
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 4,139 3,789
Average Weekly Wage $789 $914
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 5,258 4,583
Average Weekly Wage $820 $945
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,041 1,024
Average Weekly Wage $702 $870
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 6,299 5,606
Average Weekly Wage $800 $931

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, Exeter Region: 18
Educational Facilities 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 785 385 1,135 187
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 7 Total Capacity: 340
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

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

(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 Airfield
Runway 2,100 ft. turf
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 39 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 37 miles
Portland, ME 63 miles
Boston, MA 46 miles
New York City, NY 259 miles
Montreal, Quebec 292 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.1%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 5.2%
Other Means 0.6%
Worked at home 4.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 15.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 25.0%
Commuting to another NH community 75.0%
Commuting out-of-state 0.0%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
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
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, March 2015.
Community Response Received 05/20/14

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