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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 Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
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 5,460 over 53 years, from 26,900 in 1960 down to 21,440 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 21,440 residents, which ranked 13th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 1,367.3 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, 2015 $55,666,366
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014 $40,975,396
Zoning Ordinance 1927/05
Master Plan 2005
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Department
Boards and Commissions
Elected:City Council; School; Police
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Library; Economic Development; Historic District; Zoning
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 PSNH
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
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.91
2013 Equalization Ratio 91.9
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $16.11
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings56.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings38.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other5%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 11,007
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 5,220
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 2,126
Five or More Units in Structure 3,322
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 339
Total Population Community County
2013 21,379 297,820
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) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   10,162 Female:   10,978
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,076
Age 5 to 19 2,607
Age 20 to 34 5,356
Age 35 to 54 6,109
Age 55 to 64 2,650
Age 65 and over 3,342
Median Age 41 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 49.1%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $40,111
Median family income $89,740
Median household income $65,347
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $56,287
Female $41,998
Individuals below the poverty level 7.8%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 13,113 14,327
Employed 12,584 13,742
Unemployed 529 585
Unemployment Rate 4% 4.1%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 2,964 2,410
Average Weekly Wage $900 $1,367
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 22,538 25,628
Average Weekly Wage $837 $1,094
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 25,502 28,038
Average Weekly Wage $844 $1,117
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,786 1,847
Average Weekly Wage $811 $975
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 27,288 29,885
Average Weekly Wage $842 $1,109

Schools students attend: Portsmouth operates grades K-12 SAU 52
Career Technology Center(s): Portsmouth Career-Tech 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 1,042 531 1,075 142
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 20 Total Capacity: 1,337
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

HCA Portsmouth Regional Hospital Health care services 980 1987
Liberty Mutual Insurance Insurance services 1,013 1969
City of Portsmouth Municipal services 975
Portsmouth Consular Center, US Dept of State Passport, visa services 1,459
Bottomline Technologies Finance software 380
John Hancock Financial services 400
Lonza Biologies Contract pharmaceuticals 792
Thermo Fisher Analytical instruments & laboratory equipment 274
Newmarket International Event software 305
Sprague Energy Oil energy terminal 235

(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 78.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.5%
Public transportation 1.7%
Walked 5.7%
Other Means 2.4%
Worked at home 7.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 19.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 51.9%
Commuting to another NH community 31.4%
Commuting out-of-state 16.7%
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, November 2014.
Community Response Received 6/25/2014

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