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Northwood, NH

northwood New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Northwood
Joseph Gunter, Town Administrator
818 First NH Turnpike
Northwood, NH 03261
Telephone (603) 942-5586
Fax (603) 942-9107
E-mail jgunter@northwoodnh.org
Web Site www.northwoodnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 8 am - 10 am, 3 pm - 6 pm, Tuesday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, last Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Raymond, NH LMA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 4
State Senate District District 17
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 1, 32

Incorporated: 1773
Origin: This territory was first settled in 1763, and known as the North Woods, a parish of Nottingham. It was incorporated as a separate town upon agreement with Nottingham in 1773. In 1791, the General Court of New Hampshire authorized a committee to survey and lay out a road between Durham and Concord, which became the First New Hampshire Turnpike. The road runs the length of Northwood, and the town's many taverns accommodated travelers. At one time, there were some 12 sawmills in the town, five of which were replaced by shoe factories.
Villages and Place Names: Northwood Center, Northwood Narrows, Northwood Ridge
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 744 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Northwood totaled 3,235 over 54 years, from 1,034 in 1960 to 4,269 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 47 percent increase between 1960 to 1970, followed by increases of 43 and 44 percent, respectively over the next two decades. The 2014 Census estimate for Northwood was 4,269 residents, which ranked 90th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 151.8 persons per square mile of land area. Northwood contains 28.1 square miles of land area and 2.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $3,422,445
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015 $12,276,800
Zoning Ordinance 1968/12
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Cemetery; Library; Police; Trust Funds
Appointed:Conservation; Cable; Emergency Management; Highway; Recreation
Public Library Chesley Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full & part-time
Emergency Medical Service Full & part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 17 miles 92
Concord Hospital, Concord 20 miles 237

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Northwood Ridge Water District; Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company BayRing
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) $24.98
2015 Equalization Ratio 96.1
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.73
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings84.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings13.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.5%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,106
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,692
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 42
Five or More Units in Structure 29
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 343
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 4,269 297,702
2010 4,241 295,223
2000 3,656 278,748
1990 3,127 246,744
1980 2,175 190,345
1970 1,525 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   2,269 Female:   2,000
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 294
Age 5 to 19 674
Age 20 to 34 642
Age 35 to 54 1,386
Age 55 to 64 641
Age 65 and over 632
Median Age 43.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 30.6%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $34,008
Median family income $81,829
Median household income $71,379
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $57,470
Female $41,116
Individuals below the poverty level 8.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 2,191 2,526
Employed 2,108 2,421
Unemployed 83 105
Unemployment Rate 3.8% 4.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 194 179
Average Weekly Wage $713 $734
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 616 614
Average Weekly Wage $494 $707
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 811 793
Average Weekly Wage $546 $713
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 169 183
Average Weekly Wage $522 $660
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 980 976
Average Weekly Wage $542 $703

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Northwood operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Coe-Brown Academy (Northwood) SAU 44
Career Technology Center(s): Dover Career Technical Center; R.W. Creteau Regional Technology Ctr.; Somersworth Career Technical Center Region: 12
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-8 9-12 Preschool
Total Enrollment 402 701 64
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 77
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Hannaford Supermarket 50 2003
Johnson's Seafood & Steak Restaurant 30
DR Dimes Reproduction furniture 30 1964
Harding Metals Scrap metal recycling 30 1963
Northwood Power Equipment Power equipment dealer 17 2000
Solid Creations Counter top mfg 25
New England Signal Systems Traffic signal equipment 10
Cooper Hill Pizza Restaurant 20
Meyer Family Dentistry Dental care 17
Northwood Veterinary Hospital Pet health care 11

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 4, 202
State Routes 9, 152, 202A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 15; I-95, Exit 5
Distance 18 miles, 26 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Concord MunicipalRunway6,005 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 30 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 29 miles
Portland, ME 78 miles
Boston, MA 76 miles
New York City, NY 279 miles
Montreal, Quebec 265 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 87.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.8%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 3.0%
Other Means 0.4%
Worked at home 3.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 40.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 16.4%
Commuting to another NH community 72.2%
Commuting out-of-state 11.4%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
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 Campgrounds
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): Ragged, Gunstock Mountains
Other: Northwood Meadows State Park; Antiques

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 06/26/15

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