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Pelham, NH

pelham New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Pelham Planning Department
Jeff Gowan, Planning Director
6 Village Green
Pelham, NH 03076
Telephone (603) 635-7811
Fax (603) 635-6954
E-mail planning@pelhamweb.com
Web Site www.pelhamweb.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: extended hours Tuesday, until 7 pm

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Nashua Regional
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 3
State Senate District District 22
State Representative Hillsborough County District 37

Incorporated: 1746
Origin: This territory was settled in 1722, when it was a part of Old Dunstable, which included all or part of what is now 12 towns in two states. When the New Hampshire-Massachusetts boundary line was set in 1741, Old Dunstable was split in half, with the northern half retaining the name Dunstable. Pelham was incorporated in 1746 from parts of Dunstable and Dracut, Massachusetts. The town takes its name from Henry Pelham, Prime Minister of England, a relation of Governor Benning Wentworth, and younger brother of Thomas Pelham-Holles.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 791 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Pelham totaled 10,355 over 53 years, from 2,605 in 1960 to 12,960 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 108 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. The 2013 Census estimate for Pelham was 12,960 residents, which ranked 24th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 493.2 persons per square mile of land area. Pelham contains 26.3 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $13,423,831
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014 $28,566,389
Zoning Ordinance 1955/14
Master Plan Update in progress
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Consultant
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning
Appointed:Conservation; Library; Cemetery; Zoning
Public Library Pelham Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Saints Memorial Medical Ctr, Lowell MA 7 miles 157
Lowell General, Lowell MA 7 miles 217
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 10 miles 188

Electric Supplier Liberty Utilities; Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Pennichuck East Utilities/Williamsburg
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
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
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.87
2013 Equalization Ratio 98.0
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.34
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings6.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.8%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 4,595
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 4,073
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 333
Five or More Units in Structure 189
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
Total Population Community County
2013 12,960 402,979
2010 12,897 400,721
2000 11,006 382,384
1990 9,428 336,549
1980 8,090 276,608
1970 5,408 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    6,334 Female:    6,626
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 928
Age 5 to 19 2,799
Age 20 to 34 1,548
Age 35 to 54 4,631
Age 55 to 64 1,698
Age 65 and over 1,356
Median Age 40.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 29.4%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $37,663
Median family income $101,672
Median household income $91,301
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $66,124
Female $51,408
Individuals below the poverty level 4.6%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 6,858 7,510
Employed 6,378 6,969
Unemployed 480 541
Unemployment Rate 7.0% 7.2%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 514 608
Average Weekly Wage $761 $1,010
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,133 1,230
Average Weekly Wage $542 $699
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,647 1,838
Average Weekly Wage $610 $802
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 445 491
Average Weekly Wage $591 $809
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 2,092 2,329
Average Weekly Wage $606 $803

Schools students attend: Pelham operates grades K-12 SAU 28
Career Technology Center(s): Pinkerton Academy CATE, Derry; Salem High School Vocational Center Region: 17
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 851 528 638 173
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 10 Total Capacity: 524
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Daniel Webster; Rivier

Wakefield Engineering Aluminum extrusion 300 1997
Pelham School District Education 258
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 85 1996
Quality Assured Cable Cabling 70 1997
Chunky's Cinema Pub Cinema, restaurant 50 1997
Yarde Metals Metal stock wholesaler 25 2000
JT Manufacturing Fabrication 30 2008

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 38, 111A, 128
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 1 - 2
Distance 6 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
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 25 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 25 miles
Portland, ME 96 miles
Boston, MA 36 miles
New York City, NY 231 miles
Montreal, Quebec 282 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.3%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.0%
Other Means 0.8%
Worked at home 8.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 14.0%
Commuting to another NH community 83.0%
Commuting out-of-state 3.0%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
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
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
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

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, March 2015.
Community Response Received 05/28/14

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