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Nashua, NH

Nashua New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact City of Nashua
Thomas Galligani, Econ Dev Director
229 Main Street, PO Box 2019
Nashua, NH 03061-2019
Telephone (603) 589-3260
Fax (603) 594-3450
E-mail galliganit@nashuanh.gov
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, NH Portion
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Nashua Regional
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District 2 (All Wards)
Executive Council District 5 (All Wards)
State Senate 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 Rivers 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 47,837 over 52 years, from 39,096 in 1960 to 86,933 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was 43 percent between 1960 and 1970; the smallest, nine percent between 1990 and 2000. The 2012 Census estimate for Nashua was 86,933 residents, which ranked second among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 2,803.7 persons per square mile of land area, the second highest among the cities and towns. Nashua contains 30.9 square miles of land area and 1.0 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Mayor & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $134,971,483
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013 $95,713,047
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

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua Local 188
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua Local 144

Electric Supplier PSNH
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 Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.49
2012 Equalization Ratio 108.1
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.89
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings66.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings30.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.0%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 37,392
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 19,127
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 6,198
Five or More Units in Structure 11,082
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 985
Total Population Community County
2012 86,933 402,922
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) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   43,180 Female:   43,643
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 5,719
Age 5 to 19 15,590
Age 20 to 34 18,678
Age 35 to 54 25,717
Age 55 to 64 10,104
Age 65 and over 11,015
Median Age 38 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 88.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 35.9%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $33,352
Median family income $81,938
Median household income $65,671
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $58,471
Female $43,082
Individuals below the poverty level 9.3%

Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 49,041 49,766
Employed 46,220 46,691
Unemployed 2,821 3,075
Unemployment Rate 5.8% 6.2%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 11,633 7,820
Average Weekly Wage $1,169 $1,695
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 34,008 37,489
Average Weekly Wage $658 $910
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 45,641 45,308
Average Weekly Wage $788 $1,046
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 4,600 4,565
Average Weekly Wage $881 $1,149
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 50,241 49,873
Average Weekly Wage $797 $1,055
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Nashua operates grades K-12 SAU 42
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 13 4 3 10
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 5,605 2,774 3,725 2,335
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 57 Total Capacity: 3,712
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Daniel Webster; Rivier; Mount Washington College; Southern NH University

BAE Systems North America Aerospace/electronics 2,840
Southern NH Medical Center Health care services 2,184
Nashua School District Education 1,582
St. Joseph Hospital & Trauma Center Health care services 1,936
City of Nashua Municipal services 818
Amphenol Backplane connection systems 477
US Post Office Postal services 477
Oracle Corporation Software 523
Federal Aviation Administration Air traffic control 565
Benchmark Electronics High tech manufacturing 379

(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, Nashua
Runway 6,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 18 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 18 miles
Portland, ME 106 miles
Boston, MA 43 miles
New York City, NY 236 miles
Montreal, Quebec 276 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 80.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.1%
Public transportation 2.1%
Walked 2.2%
Other Means 0.7%
Worked at home 4.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 43.6%
Commuting to another NH community 27.5%
Commuting out-of-state 28.9%
X Municipal Parks
X 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 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 Sky Jumping; Nashua Municipal Airport; Tastes of Downtown Nashua; Farmer's Market; Skateboard parks

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, February 2014.
Community Response Received 05/20/13

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