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Hooksett, NH

hooksett New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Hooksett
Dean Shankle, Town Administrator
35 Main Street
Hooksett, NH 03106-1397
Telephone (603) 485-8472
Fax (603) 485-4423
E-mail dshankle@hooksett.org
Web Site www.hooksett.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm; Tax Collector: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm, second and fourth Wednesday until 6:30 pm

County Merrimack
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 District 1
Executive Council District District 4
State Senate District District 16
State Representative Merrimack County District 24

Incorporated: 1822
Origin: First known as Chester Woods and Rowe's Corner, this town was called Hooksett for nearly fifty years before being incorporated. The name may have come from a hook-shaped island in the Merrimack or from early fishermen, who called the area Hookline Falls. It was also known as Isle au Hooksett and Isle au Hooksett Falls. Rocky ledges flank the Merrimack River as it passes through, and there were cross-river ferries located here, as well as lumber mills and a brick-making establishment powered by the falls. In 1794, the lottery-funded Hooksett Canal became part of the transportation facilities of the Amoskeag cotton mills in Manchester.
Villages and Place Names: Martin, Martins Corner, Martins Ferry, Rowes Corner, South Hooksett
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 880 residents in 1830
Population Trends: Population change for Hooksett totaled 10,003 over 53 years, from 3,713 in 1960 to 13,716 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 50 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. The 2013 Census estimate for Hooksett was 13,716 residents, which ranked 21st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 379.0 persons per square mile of land area. Hooksett contains 36.2 square miles of land area and 0.9 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Administrator & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014-2015 $16,681,262
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $29,936,864
Zoning Ordinance 1957/14
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Engineering Consultant
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Town Council; Budget; Cemetery; Library; Sewer; Checklist; Trust Funds
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Heritage; Parks & Recreation; Recycling & Transfer
Public Library Hooksett Public

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

Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Central Water; Hooksett Village Water; Manchester Water; Pembroke Water
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
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 No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.48
2013 Equalization Ratio 96.1
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.38
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings66.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings29.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.1%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 4,984
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 4,112
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 254
Five or More Units in Structure 439
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 179
Total Population Community County
2013 13,549 146,761
2010 13,451 146,445
2000 11,784 136,716
1990 9,034 120,618
1980 7,303 98,302
1970 5,564 80,925
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   6,356 Female:   7,113
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 706
Age 5 to 19 2,762
Age 20 to 34 2,354
Age 35 to 54 4,302
Age 55 to 64 1,596
Age 65 and over 1,749
Median Age 39.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 35.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $35,204
Median family income $99,133
Median household income $86,258
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $60,272
Female $49,963
Individuals below the poverty level 3%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 7,451 7,984
Employed 7,163 7,624
Unemployed 288 360
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 4.5%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,690 1,792
Average Weekly Wage $1,002 $1,323
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 4,998 6,430
Average Weekly Wage $646 $821
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 6,688 8,221
Average Weekly Wage $736 $931
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 561 623
Average Weekly Wage $568 $763
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 7,248 8,845
Average Weekly Wage $723 $919

Schools students attend: Hooksett operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Manchester SAU 15
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
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8
Total Enrollment 928 504
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 15 Total Capacity: 885
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord; Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Southern NH University; Mount Washington College; St. Anselm; UNH-Manchester

Southern NH University Education 700 1972
GE Aviation Jet engine parts 800 1966
United Healthcare Health insurance services 500
Cigna Health Care Health Insurance services 249
Shaw's Supermarket Supermarket 249
Target Retail store 249
Bass Pro Shop Retail store 206 2014
Cummings Printing Printing services 150 1993
Merchants Automotive Group Car sales, rentals, & service 150 1962
Pro Con Inc Construction 153 1980

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 3A, 28, 28 Bypass
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 9 - 11
Distance Local access
Railroad Guilford Transportation
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 15 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 9 miles
Portland, ME 101 miles
Boston, MA 59 miles
New York City, NY 264 miles
Montreal, Quebec 252 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.7%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 4.2%
Other Means 2%
Worked at home 4.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 24.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 21.1%
Commuting to another NH community 71.2%
Commuting out-of-state 7.7%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Cinemas
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): McIntyre
Other: Youth Lacrosse; Old Home Day; Amoskeag Rowing Club

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/21/2014

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