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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 3,219 over 53 years, from 1,034 in 1960 to 4,253 in 2013. 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 2013 Census estimate for Northwood was 4,253 residents, which ranked 90th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 151.2 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.

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

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 82
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 Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.90
2014 Equalization Ratio 98.5
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.29
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings85.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings13.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.5%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 2,127
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,715
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 43
Five or More Units in Structure 30
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 339
Total Population Community County
2013 4,253 297,728
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) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   2,295 Female:   1,958
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 231
Age 5 to 19 695
Age 20 to 34 732
Age 35 to 54 1,275
Age 55 to 64 702
Age 65 and over 618
Median Age 44.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 30.2%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 35,153
Median family income 75,259
Median household income 68,398
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 55,739
Female 41,438
Individuals below the poverty level 7.2%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 2,191 2,526
Employed 2,108 2,421
Unemployed 83.0 105
Unemployment Rate 3.8% 4.2%

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
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

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 Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-8 9-12 Preschool
Total Enrollment 411 707 53
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 5 Total Capacity: 117
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Hannaford Supermarket 50 2003
DR Dimes Reproduction furniture 30 1964
Harding Metals Scrap metal recycling 30 1963
Johnson's Seafood & Steak Restaurant 30  
Solid Creations Counter top mfg 25  
Cooper Hill Pizza Restaurant 20  
Meyer Family Dentistry Dental care 17
Northwood Power Equipment Power equipment dealer 17 2000
Northwood Veterinary Hospital Pet health care 11
New England Signal Systems Traffic signal equipment 10
*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 Municipal
Runway 6,005 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 30 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 28 miles
Portland, ME 78 miles
Boston, MA 74 miles
New York City, NY 277 miles
Montreal, Quebec 266 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 89.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 2.1%
Other Means 0.5%
Worked at home 3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 38.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 15.2%
Commuting to another NH community 74.6%
Commuting out-of-state 10.2%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
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, October 2015.
Community Response Received 06/26/15

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