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Portsmouth, NH

portsmouth New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Portsmouth Economic Development Commission
Nancy Carmer, Economic Development Program Manager
1 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Telephone (603) 610-7220
Fax (603) 427-1593
E-mail nmcarmer@cityofportsmouth.com
Web Site http://cityofportsmouth.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday, 8 am - 6 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, 8 am - 4:30 pm, Friday, 8 am - 1 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Portsmouth, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Coastal Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1 (All Wards)
Executive Council District District 3 (All Wards)
State Senate District District 21 (All Wards)
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 25, 30 (Ward 1) 26, 30 (Ward 2) 27, 31 (Ward 3) 28, 30 (Ward 4) 29,30 (Ward 5)

Incorporated: 1631
Origin: This territory was a part of the original land grant to John Mason and Francisco Gorges in 1622. A township grant was issued by the council of Plymouth (MA) in 1631 which covered what is now Portsmouth and the harbor, Greenland, Rye, New Castle, and Newington. First called Piscataqua, the settlement became known as Strawberry Banke because of the wild strawberries that were found there. The name Portsmouth was adopted in 1653 to honor John Mason, Captain of the Port in Portsmouth, England, and because it was a good harbor situated at the river's mouth. Already an important center of trade and shipping, Portsmouth became capitol of the province of New Hampshire in 1679, and was incorporated as a city in 1849.
Villages and Place Names: Atlantic Heights, Christian Shore, Creek Area, Elwyn Park, Meadowbrook, Pannaway Manor, Portsmouth Plains, Haymarket Square, Sagamore Hill, Strawbery Banke, the Woodlands
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 4,720 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change decreased for Portsmouth by 5,663 over 53 years, from 26,900 in 1960 down to 21,237 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 2 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; population declined by 21 percent between 1990 and 2000. The 2013 Census estimate for Portsmouth was 21,237 residents, which ranked 13th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 1,354.4 persons per square mile of land area, the third highest among the cities and towns. Portsmouth contains 15.7 square miles of land area and 1.1 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government City Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $57,809,892
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016 $43,236,310
Zoning Ordinance 1927/05
Master Plan Update in progress
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Department
Boards and Commissions
Elected:City Council; School; Police; Fire
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Library; Economic Development; Historic District; Zoning; Board of Appeals; Rockingham Planning; Pease Dev Authority; Portsmouth Housing Authority; Taxi; Portsmouth Housing Endowment
Public Library Portsmouth Athenaeum; Portsmouth Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Full & part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Portsmouth Regional, Portsmouth Local 209

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier Portsmouth Water Department
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
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
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.10
2014 Equalization Ratio 86.4
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.28
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings55.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings39.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.7%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 11,001
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 5,295
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 2,049
Five or More Units in Structure 3,301
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 356
Total Population Community County
2013 21,237 297,728
2010 20,779 295,223
2000 20,822 278,748
1990 26,252 246,744
1980 26,254 190,345
1970 25,717 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   10,519 Female:   10,718
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,180
Age 5 to 19 2,708
Age 20 to 34 5,071
Age 35 to 54 6,121
Age 55 to 64 2,664
Age 65 and over 3,493
Median Age 41.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 53.2%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 39,838
Median family income 89,400
Median household income 64,577
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 58,693
Female 45,287
Individuals below the poverty level 8.7%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 13,228 13,155
Employed 12,783 12,699
Unemployed 445.0 456
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 3.5%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 2,746 2,447
Average Weekly Wage $995 $1,308
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 23,489 26,047
Average Weekly Wage $886 $1,161
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 26,234 28,493
Average Weekly Wage $897 $1,174
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,787 1,876
Average Weekly Wage $859 $1,007
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 28,021 30,369
Average Weekly Wage $895 $1,163
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Portsmouth operates grades K-12 SAU 52
Career Technology Center(s): Portsmouth Career Technical Center #19 Region: 19
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 4 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 1,061 536 1,077 124
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 20 Total Capacity: 1,335
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Portsmouth Consular Center, US Dept of State Passport, visa services 1,459  
Liberty Mutual Insurance Insurance services 1,013 1969
HCA Portsmouth Regional Hospital Health care services 980 1987
City of Portsmouth Municipal services 975
Lonza Biologies Contract pharmaceuticals 792
John Hancock Financial services 400
Bottomline Technologies Finance software 365
Newmarket International Event software 305
Thermo Fisher Analytical instruments & laboratory equipment 274
Teledyne D.G. O'Brien High Pressure connector/transmitted systems 260
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 1, 4
State Routes 1A, 1B, 16, 33, 1 Bypass
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exits 3 - 7
Distance Local access
Railroad Guilford Rail Service
Public Transportation COAST; Wildcat Transit
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Pease International
Runway 11,321 ft. asphalt/concrete
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 48 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 45 miles
Portland, ME 51 miles
Boston, MA 57 miles
New York City, NY 270 miles
Montreal, Quebec 301 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 76.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.5%
Public transportation 1.6%
Walked 6.6%
Other Means 2.5%
Worked at home 7.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 19.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 52%
Commuting to another NH community 32.3%
Commuting out-of-state 15.7%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
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 Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
Other: Strawbery Banke; Harbor & Isles of Shoals Cruises; Historic Homes; Fish Pier; Trolley; Sailing; Kayaking; Music Festival; Shopping

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 06/25/15

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