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Rye, NH

rye New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Rye
Michael Magnant, Town Administrator
10 Central Road
Rye, NH 03870
Telephone (603) 964-5523
Fax (603) 964-1516
E-mail mmagmant@town.rye.nh.us
Web Site www.town.rye.nh.us/

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 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
Executive Council District District 3
State Senate District District 24
State Representative Rockingham County District 24

Incorporated: 1726
Origin: Rye was the site of the first settlement in New Hampshire, established by David Thompson in 1623 at Odiorne's Point, which he called Pannaway. This township was originally part of Portsmouth called Sandy Beach, and it was incorporated as a parish of New Castle in 1693 when that town separated form Portsmouth. In 1726 it was separated from New Castle, and incorporated as Rye, after the borough of Rye, a flourishing English Channel town. Rye's eight-mile length of coastline is dotted with old names such as Wallis Sands, Jenness Beach, Locke's Neck, Ragged Neck, Rye Harbor, and Odiorne Point. In 1876, the thriving village of Gosport on Star Island in the Isles of Shoals was annexed to the town. Rye is the only New Hampshire town with Atlantic islands, having annexed four of the Isles of Shoals; the remaining five islands belong to Maine.
Villages and Place Names: Jenness Beach, Odiorne Point, Foyes Corner, Langs Corner, Rye Beach, Rye Harbor, Rye North Beach, Wallis Sands, West Rye, Foss Beach
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 958 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Rye totaled 2,074 over 53 years, from 3,244 in 1960 to 5,318 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 26 percent increase between 1960 and 1970; the smallest, a two percent increase between 2000 and 2010. The 2013 Census estimate for Rye was 5,318 residents, which ranked 63rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 420.7 persons per square mile of land area. Rye contains 12.6 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $12,927,719
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $13,213,843
Zoning Ordinance 1953/13
Master Plan 2009
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Zoning
Appointed:Conservation; Historic District; Mosquito; Beach; Heritage; Recreation
Public Library Rye Public

Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Portsmouth Regional, Portsmouth 6 miles 209

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Rye Water District; Aquarion Water
Sanitation Rye Sewer Commission & private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Bay Ring; Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $10.97
2013 Equalization Ratio 93.5
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $10.21
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.3%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 2,830
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,393
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 158
Five or More Units in Structure 111
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 168
Total Population Community County
2013 5,318 297,728
2010 5,298 295,223
2000 5,197 278,748
1990 4,461 246,744
1980 4,508 190,345
1970 4,083 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    2,612 Female:    2,706
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 165
Age 5 to 19 664
Age 20 to 34 512
Age 35 to 54 1,785
Age 55 to 64 1,126
Age 65 and over 1,066
Median Age 51.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 50.6%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $52,866
Median family income $113,715
Median household income $94,615
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $65,144
Female $54,592
Individuals below the poverty level 4.0%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 2,645 2,866
Employed 2,543 2,723
Unemployed 102 143
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 5.0%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 46 21
Average Weekly Wage $622 $1,205
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 924 1,010
Average Weekly Wage $547 $708
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 970 1,031
Average Weekly Wage $551 $718
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 253 219
Average Weekly Wage $484 $872
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,223 1,250
Average Weekly Wage $537 $745

Schools students attend: Rye operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Portsmouth SAU 50
Career Technology Center(s): Portsmouth Career-Tech Center #19 Region: 19
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-5 6-8 3-12
Total Enrollment 311 183 51
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 159
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Town of Rye Municipal services 61 1726
Petey's Restaurant Seasonal restaurant
Rye Airfield Skate park & BMX bikes
Wentworth by the Sea Country Club Golf course
Ice House (seasonal) Restaurant
TD Bank Banking services
Rye Public Schools Education
Sagamore Veterinary Clinic Animal health care services
Abenaqui Country Club Golf course
Webster at Rye Rehabilitation & assisted living

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 1
State Routes 1A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exit 3
Distance 5 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Hampton Airfield
Runway 2,100 ft. turf
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 43 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 40 miles
Portland, ME 58 miles
Boston, MA 53 miles
New York City, NY 266 miles
Montreal, Quebec 296 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 85.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.8%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 3.0%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 7.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 13.3%
Commuting to another NH community 52.8%
Commuting out-of-state 33.9%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre, Gunstock
Other: Whale Watches, Odiorne Point; Wallis Sands; Jenness & Rye State Parks; State Harbor

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, March 2015.
Community Response Received 05/22/14

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