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Nashua, NH

nashua New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact City of Nashua
Timothy Cummings, Econ Dev Director
229 Main Street, PO Box 2019
Nashua, NH 03061-2019
Telephone (603) 589-3072
Fax (603) 594-3450
E-mail [email protected]
Web Site www.nashuanh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 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 2 (All Wards)
Executive Council District District 5 (All Wards)
State Senate District District 12 (Wards 1, 2, & 5) and 13 (Wards 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, & 9)
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 28 (Ward 1) 29 (Ward 2) 30 (Ward 3) 31 (Ward 4) 32 (Ward 5) 33 (Ward 6) 34 (Ward 7) 35 (Ward 8) 36 (Ward 9)

Incorporated: 1746
Origin: Originally part of a 1673 grant to Edward Tyng of Dunstable, England, the 200 square mile area, called Dunstable, included Nashua, Tyngsboro MA, and all or part of ten other towns. In 1741, Dunstable was cut in half when the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border was established. The northern half kept the name Dunstable. In 1836 the town took the Nashua River�s name, a Nashaway Indian word for �beautiful river with a pebbly bottom� and land between two rivers. In 1842, the town was divided again, with the section north of the Nashua River incorporated as Nashville. The two sections rejoined when Nashua was incorporated as a city in 1853. Nashua became a manufacturing center, powered by the Middlesex Canal which connected the Merrimack River to Boston.
Villages and Place Names: Nashville Historic District, French Hill, Crown Hill, North End.
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 632 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Nashua ranked first in numeric population change, totaling 47,703 over 54 years, from 39,096 in 1960 to 86,799 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was 43 percent between 1960 and 1970; the smallest, nine percent between 1990 and 2000. The 2014 Census estimate for Nashua was 86,799 residents, which ranked second among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 2,822.7 persons per square mile of land area, the second highest among the cities and towns. Nashua contains 30.8 square miles of land area and 1.0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Mayor & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2017 $247,886,768
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017 $104,684,156
Zoning Ordinance 1930/10
Master Plan 2001
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Aldermen; School; Public Works
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery; Zoning; Business & Industrial Development; Housing Authority
Public Library Nashua 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 Local 163
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua Local 126

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Pennichuck Water Works
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary - Curbside
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) $24.53
2015 Equalization Ratio 88.9
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.57
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings64.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings32.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.4%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 36,659
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 18,273
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 6,280
Five or More Units in Structure 11,071
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 1,035
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 86,799 402,776
2010 86,494 400,721
2000 86,782 382,384
1990 79,937 336,549
1980 67,865 276,608
1970 55,820 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   42,645 Female:   44,154
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 5,792
Age 5 to 19 15,555
Age 20 to 34 18,253
Age 35 to 54 25,257
Age 55 to 64 10,630
Age 65 and over 11,312
Median Age 38.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 88.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 35.0%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $32,842
Median family income $80,793
Median household income $66,818
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $58,761
Female $43,488
Individuals below the poverty level 10.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 48,912 48,851
Employed 46,772 46,377
Unemployed 2,140 2,474
Unemployment Rate 4.4% 5.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 11,020 7,712
Average Weekly Wage $1,341 $1,744
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 36,047 38,461
Average Weekly Wage $713 $1,007
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 47,066 46,173
Average Weekly Wage $860 $1,130
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 4,655 4,668
Average Weekly Wage $932 $1,185
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 51,721 50,841
Average Weekly Wage $867 $1,135

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Nashua operates grades K-12 SAU 42
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 14 4 3 10
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 5,464 2,777 3,714 2,073
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 58 Total Capacity: 3,956
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Daniel Webster; Rivier; Mount Washington College; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
BAE Systems North America Aerospace/electronics 3,100
Southern NH Medical Center Health care services 2,217
Nashua School District Education 1,679
St. Joseph Hospital & Trauma Center Health care services 1,675
City of Nashua Municipal services 808
Amphenol Backplane connection systems 439
US Post Office Postal services 385
Oracle Corporation Software 620
Federal Aviation Administration Air traffic control 490
Benchmark Electronics High tech manufacturing 400

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 101A, 111, 111A, 130, 101A Bypass
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exits 1 - 8; I-93, Exit 3; I-495 (MA), Exit 30A
Distance Local access; 11 miles; 10 miles
Railroad Guilford Rail Service
Public Transportation Nashua Citybus
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 18 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 20 miles
Portland, ME 106 miles
Boston, MA 43 miles
New York City, NY 233 miles
Montreal, Quebec 277 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.2%
Public transportation 1.8%
Walked 2.3%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 4.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 41.8%
Commuting to another NH community 29.1%
Commuting out-of-state 29.1%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
X 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 Museums
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
Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak
Other: Holman Stadium; Holiday Stroll; Summer Fun Series; Indoor Skydiving; Nashua Municipal Airport; Tastes of Downtown Nashua; Farmer's Market; Skateboard parks; Indoor Surfing; Indoor Rock Climbing

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 08/01/16

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