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Kensington, NH

Kensington New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Kensington
Board of Selectmen
243 Amesbury Road Unit #6
Kensington, NH 03833
Telephone (603) 772-5423
Fax (603) 772-6841
E-mail kensington@kensingtontown.com
Web Site www.town.kensington.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Administration, Assessor: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, 8:30 am - 12 noon, Tuesday, Thursday, 8:30 am - 12 noon, 5 pm - 7 pm; Tax Collector: Monday, Thursday, 9 am - 12 noon, Wednesday, 9 am - 12 noon, 6:30 pm - 8 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Haverhill MA-NH NECTA Division, NH Portion
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Coastal Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 3
State Senate District 24
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 16, 35

Incorporated: 1737
Origin: This town was once a parish of Hampton, and was incorporated in 1737 by Governor Jonathan Belcher of Massachusetts when New Hampshire was still part of that province. Of the 27 towns granted by Governor Belcher, only three were given names: Arlington, Peterborough, and Kensington, which was named for Edward Rich, Earl of Holland and Baron Kensington. England's Kensington, now a suburb of London, is the location of Kensington Palace, known for its beautiful public gardens. The palace was the birthplace of Queen Victoria, and the London home of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Villages and Place Names: Austin Corners, Brick School Corner, Eastman Corners, Five Corners, Lamprey Corners, Prescott Corner
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 800 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Kensington was 1,419 over 52 years, from 708 in 1960 to 2,127 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was a 47 percent increase between 1960 and 1970; the second largest was a 44 percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2012 Census estimate for Kensington was 2,127 residents, which ranked 135th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 177.8 persons per square mile of land area. Kensington contains 11.9 square miles of land area and 0.01 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $1,675,661
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $2,875,066
Zoning Ordinance 1959/10
Master Plan 2011
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Commission
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Checklist; Trust Funds; Cemetery; Grange Hall
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Recreation; Sawyer/Kensington Trust; Building Safety
Public Library Kensington Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 4 miles 99

Electric Supplier Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint; Comcast
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.08
2012 Equalization Ratio 115.7
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.19
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.5%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 826
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 792
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 10
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 24
Total Population Community County
2012 2,127 297,820
2010 2,124 295,223
2000 1,902 278,748
1990 1,318 246,744
1980 1,332 190,345
1970 1,044 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   1,069 Female:   1,069
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 73
Age 5 to 19 513
Age 20 to 34 180
Age 35 to 54 776
Age 55 to 64 335
Age 65 and over 261
Median Age 45 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 40.7%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $49,509
Median family income $106,875
Median household income $96,750
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $73,510
Female $48,264
Individuals below the poverty level 1.5%

Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 1,099 1,199
Employed 1,054 1,135
Unemployed 45 64
Unemployment Rate 4.1% 5.3%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 83 41
Average Weekly Wage $745 $787
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 166 190
Average Weekly Wage $861 $842
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 249 231
Average Weekly Wage $823 $832
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 29 66
Average Weekly Wage $239 $650
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 278 297
Average Weekly Wage $762 $792
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Kensington operates grades K-5; grades 6-12 are part of Exeter Region Cooperative (Brentwood, East Kingston, Kensington, Newfields, Stratham, Exeter) SAU 16
Career Technology Center(s): Seacoast School of Technology, Exeter Region: 18
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-5
Total Enrollment 165
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Exeter & Hampton Electric Electric utility services 40
James R. Rosencrantz & Son Farm, garden equipment 15+
CP Building Supply Inc. Building supplies & equipment

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 84, 150
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exit 1
Distance 5 miles
Railroad Yes
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 36 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 34 miles
Portland, ME 70 miles
Boston, MA 46 miles
New York City, NY 259 miles
Montreal, Quebec 289 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.3%
Public transportation 1.0%
Walked 2.3%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 7.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 11.5%
Commuting to another NH community 56.4%
Commuting out-of-state 32.1%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, February 2014.
Community Response Received 05/06/13

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