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Plaistow, NH

plaistow New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Plaistow
Sean Fitzgerald, Town Manager
145 Main Street
Plaistow, NH 03865
Telephone (603) 382-5200 x266
Fax (603) 382-7183
E-mail sfitzgerald@plaistow.com
Web Site www.plaistow.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, 8 am - 7 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, 8 am - 4:30 pm, Friday, 7 am - 12 noon

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 3
State Senate District District 22
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 14, 34

Incorporated: 1749
Origin: This territory was part of the 1642 land purchase that was Haverhill, Massachusetts. When the New Hampshire-Massachusetts boundary was established in 1741, the portion north of the border became the Haverhill District. The town was incorporated as Plastow in 1749, and included Atkinson, which was separated in 1767. The spelling was changed later. The name may have come from the English plaistowe, meaning an open space or greenwood, near the center of a village where the maypole stood and where sports at holiday times were carried on.
Villages and Place Names: Westville
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 521 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Plaistow totaled 4,699 over 53 years, from 2,915 in 1960 to 7,614 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 62 percent increase between 1960 and 1970; the smallest, a seven percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2013 Census estimate for Plaistow was 7,614 residents, which ranked 39th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 717.6 persons per square mile of land area. Plaistow contains 10.6 square miles of land area and 0 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen/Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $8,117,508
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $67,973,927
Zoning Ordinance 1956/14
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Budget; Trust Funds; Conflict of Interest
Appointed:Conservation; Zoning; Cable; Recreation; Elder Affairs
Public Library Plaistow Public

Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Full, part-time, volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Full, part-time, volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley 7 miles 107
Parkland Medical Center, Derry 15 miles 82
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 16 miles 99

Electric Supplier Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil; Northern Utilities
Water Supplier Pennichuck; Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Earthlink Business; 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
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.13
2014 Equalization Ratio 92.9
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.05
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings67.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings29.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.7%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 2,899
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,149
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 587
Five or More Units in Structure 151
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 12
Total Population Community County
2013 7,614 297,728
2010 7,609 295,223
2000 7,763 278,748
1990 7,284 246,744
1980 5,609 190,345
1970 4,712 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   3,651 Female:   3,963
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 330
Age 5 to 19 1,866
Age 20 to 34 973
Age 35 to 54 2,294
Age 55 to 64 1,214
Age 65 and over 937
Median Age 42.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 26.6%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 31,204
Median family income 77,041
Median household income 75,224
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 66,475
Female 50,721
Individuals below the poverty level 5.4%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 4,317 4,129
Employed 4,057 3,862
Unemployed 260.0 267
Unemployment Rate 6.0% 6.5%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 579 521
Average Weekly Wage $946 $965
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 3,485 3,144
Average Weekly Wage $525 $559
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 4,064 3,665
Average Weekly Wage $585 $617
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 976 1,078
Average Weekly Wage $724 $857
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 5,039 4,743
Average Weekly Wage $612 $671
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Timberlane Regional (Atkinson, Danville, Plaistow, Sandown) SAU 55
Career Technology Center(s): Pinkerton Academy Center for CTE Region: 17
Educational Facilities 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 533 882 1,300
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 8 Total Capacity: 442
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England; Northern Essex (MA); University of NH

Timberlane Regional School District Education 1,177 1963
Market Basket Supermarket 401 1978
Walmart Retail store 190 1993
Home Depot Home improvement center 165 2004
Shaw's Supermarket Supermarket 125 1992
Kohl's Department store 115 2003
T J Maxx Department store 55 1992
Scandia Plastics Custom plastic extrusions 47 1971
CVS Pharmacy 35 1990
Rite Aid Pharmacy 25 2002
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 108, 121A, 125
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-495 (MA), Exit 51
Distance 3 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation CART
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Lawrence (MA) Municipal
Runway 5,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 36 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 35 miles
Portland, ME 83 miles
Boston, MA 39 miles
New York City, NY 243 miles
Montreal, Quebec 292 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 87.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.5%
Public transportation 0.8%
Walked 0.4%
Other Means 0.6%
Worked at home 4.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 22.7%
Commuting to another NH community 24.5%
Commuting out-of-state 52.8%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
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
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Bradford (MA)
Other: Hiking Trails; Band Concerts

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 08/20/15

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