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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 54 years, growing 8 ½ times larger. Population change totaled 22,574, from 2,989 in 1960 to 25,563 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was an 188 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. The 2014 Census estimate for Merrimack was 25,563 residents, which ranked eighth among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 783.7 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.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Council/Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016-2017 $34,273,625
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $71,466,384
Zoning Ordinance 1953/15
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

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 8 miles 163
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 9 miles 126
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester 10 miles 240

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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.72
2015 Equalization Ratio 93.8
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.08
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings74.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings22.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.2%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 9,949
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 8,651
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 493
Five or More Units in Structure 739
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 66
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 25,563 402,776
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   12,416 Female:   13,147
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,376
Age 5 to 19 4,822
Age 20 to 34 3,868
Age 35 to 54 8,556
Age 55 to 64 3,845
Age 65 and over 3,096
Median Age 42.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 42.9%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $39,833
Median family income $104,357
Median household income $91,429
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $71,318
Female $51,329
Individuals below the poverty level 3.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 16,248 15,635
Employed 15,708 15,008
Unemployed 540 627
Unemployment Rate 3.3% 4.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 3,372 3,081
Average Weekly Wage $1,255 $2,004
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 10,525 12,829
Average Weekly Wage $1,220 $1,826
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 13,897 15,909
Average Weekly Wage $1,229 $1,860
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,092 1,098
Average Weekly Wage $692 $861
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 14,989 17,008
Average Weekly Wage $1,189 $1,796

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Merrimack operates grades K-12 SAU 26
Career Technology Center(s): Milford HS & Applied Technology Center; Wilbur H. Palmer Career & Tech Ed Center (Hudson); Nashua Technology Center Region: 16
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 5 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-7 7-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 2,114 578 1,210 284
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 18 Total Capacity: 1,483
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Thomas More; Rivier; St. Anselm; Daniel Webster; Hesser

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Fidelity Investments Financial services 6,000 1996
BAE Systems Defense systems 816 1988
PC Connections, Inc. Computer resale 1,077 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

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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, NashuaRunway6,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 10 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 11 miles
Portland, ME 105 miles
Boston, MA 52 miles
New York City, NY 241 miles
Montreal, Quebec 268 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.3%
Public transportation 0.7%
Walked 1.2%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 6.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 31.4%
Commuting to another NH community 52.0%
Commuting out-of-state 16.6%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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
X 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, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/18/16

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