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Merrimack, NH

merrimack New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Merrimack
Timothy J. Thompson, AICP, Community Dev Dir
6 Baboosic Lake Road
Merrimack, NH 03054
Telephone (603) 424-3531
Fax (603) 424-1408
E-mail tthompson@merrimacknh.gov
Web Site www.merrimacknh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Nashua Regional
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District District 11
State Representative Hillsborough County District 21

Incorporated: 1746
Origin: This territory was part of the 1673 charter of Dunstable, a large Massachusetts grant that was divided nearly in half with the establishment of the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border in 1741. Though the first log cabin was built here about 1665, settlement did not begin until the 1720s. When the town was separated from Dunstable (Nashua) in 1746, it was incorporated as Merrimack, after the river. In 1766, a ferry concession was granted to Edward Lutwyche, to facilitate trade and traffic between Litchfield and Merrimack. In 1784, the ferry was granted to Revolutionary War patriot Matthew Thornton, an area still known as Thornton's Ferry. Matthew Thornton was a resident of Merrimack until his death in 1803.
Villages and Place Names: Reeds Ferry, Souhegan Village, South Merrimack, Thorntons Ferry
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 819 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Merrimack ranked third in numeric change and eighth in percent change over 53 years, growing 8 ½ times larger. Population change totaled 22,549, from 2,989 in 1960 to 25,538 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was an 188 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. The 2013 Census estimate for Merrimack was 25,538 residents, which ranked eighth among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 782.9 persons per square mile of land area. Merrimack contains 32.6 square miles of land area and 0.8 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Council/Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014-2015 $31,979,257
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $68,682,241
Zoning Ordinance 1953/10
Master Plan 2014
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Town Council; Library; Ethics; School
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Parks & Recreation; Conservation; Heritage
Public Library Merrimack Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 8 miles 188
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 9 miles 144
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester 10 miles 233

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Pennichuck Water Works; Merrimack Village District
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
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 Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.91
2013 Equalization Ratio 101.0
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.05
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings74.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings22.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.2%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 10,026
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 8,606
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 472
Five or More Units in Structure 895
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 53
Total Population Community County
2013 25,538 402,979
2010 25,494 400,721
2000 25,267 382,384
1990 22,234 336,549
1980 15,406 276,608
1970 8,595 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    12,516 Female:    13,022
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,189
Age 5 to 19 5,101
Age 20 to 34 3,549
Age 35 to 54 9,196
Age 55 to 64 3,656
Age 65 and over 2,847
Median Age 42.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 41.6%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $38,711
Median family income $99,660
Median household income $88,555
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $70,292
Female $48,603
Individuals below the poverty level 4.2%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 16,119 16,107
Employed 15,417 15,322
Unemployed 702 785
Unemployment Rate 4.4% 4.9%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 3,293 2,885
Average Weekly Wage $1,240 $1,865
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 9,710 12,933
Average Weekly Wage $1,135 $1,576
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 13,004 15,818
Average Weekly Wage $1,162 $1,628
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,073 1,102
Average Weekly Wage $687 $842
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 14,077 16,920
Average Weekly Wage $1,125 $1,577

Schools students attend: Merrimack operates grades K-12 SAU 26
Career Technology Center(s): Wilbur H. Palmer Voc. Tech. Center, Hudson; Milford HS & Applied Technology Center, Milford; Nashua Technology Center Region: 16
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 4 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-6 7-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 2,042 601 1,301 296
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 17 Total Capacity: 1,297
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Thomas More; Rivier; St. Anselm; Daniel Webster; Hesser

Fidelity Investments Financial services 6000 1996
BAE Systems Defense systems 816 1988
PC Connections, Inc. Computer resale 1077 1998
Kollsman/Elbit Systems of America Electra optics 500 1991
Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Brewery, distribution 531 1991
Brookstone, Inc. Mail order marketer, retailer 256
Merrimack School District Education 800
St. Gobain PTFE coated fabrics 253 1984
Merrimack Premium Outlets Retail stores 900 2012
GT Advanced Technologies, Inc. Equipment for photovoltaic & semiconductor industries 150 1995

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 101A
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exit 11; I-293, Exit 3
Distance 2 miles; 7 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Boire Field, Nashua
Runway 6,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 10 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 11 miles
Portland, ME 105 miles
Boston, MA 51 miles
New York City, NY 244 miles
Montreal, Quebec 269 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 2.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.1%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 15.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 20.3%
Commuting to another NH community 70.1%
Commuting out-of-state 9.6%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Cinemas
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 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: Anheuser-Busch Brewery & Tours

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, March 2015.
Community Response Received 05/16/14

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