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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 10,427 over 54 years, from 2,605 in 1960 to 13,032 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 108 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. The 2014 Census estimate for Pelham was 13,032 residents, which ranked 24th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 495.9 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.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $14,229,887
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016 $30,692,044
Zoning Ordinance 1956/14
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Consultant
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning
Appointed:Conservation; Library; Cemetery; Zoning
Public Library Pelham Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Saints Campus - Lowell General Hospital, Lowell MA 7 miles 157
Lowell General, Lowell MA 7 miles 239
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 10 miles 163

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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.26
2015 Equalization Ratio 87.2
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.33
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings6.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.1%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 4,627
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 4,036
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 347
Five or More Units in Structure 235
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 9
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 13,032 402,776
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   6,251 Female:   6,781
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 724
Age 5 to 19 2,788
Age 20 to 34 1,812
Age 35 to 54 4,569
Age 55 to 64 1,678
Age 65 and over 1,461
Median Age 41.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 29.8%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $36,572
Median family income $103,346
Median household income $87,359
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $63,031
Female $51,740
Individuals below the poverty level 6.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 6,922 7,335
Employed 6,530 6,894
Unemployed 392 441
Unemployment Rate 5.7% 6.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 544 595
Average Weekly Wage $813 $1,078
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,184 1,317
Average Weekly Wage $574 $738
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,728 1,913
Average Weekly Wage $649 $844
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 435 471
Average Weekly Wage $643 $826
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 2,162 2,383
Average Weekly Wage $648 $840

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Pelham operates grades K-12 SAU 28
Career Technology Center(s): Pinkerton Academy Center for CTE Region: 17
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 840 504 627
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 9 Total Capacity: 515
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Daniel Webster; Rivier

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
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

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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, NashuaRunway6,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 25 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 27 miles
Portland, ME 97 miles
Boston, MA 34 miles
New York City, NY 229 miles
Montreal, Quebec 281 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 86.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.4%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 0.9%
Other Means 0.3%
Worked at home 5.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.0 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 16.2%
Commuting to another NH community 29.5%
Commuting out-of-state 54.3%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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, August 2016. Community Response Received 07/26/16

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