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Salem, NH

salem New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Salem Planning Department
Ross Moldoff, Planning Director
33 Geremonty Drive
Salem, NH 03079
Telephone (603) 890-2083
Fax (603) 898-1223
E-mail rmoldoff@ci.salem.nh.us
Web Site www.townofsalemnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Rockingham
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 Rockingham County District 8

Incorporated: 1750
Origin: This town was known as the North Parish of Methuen, Massachusetts, or Methuen District, a name used as early as 1736. In 1741, when the boundary line between Massachusetts and New Hampshire was established, the North Parish along with a portion of Dracut became part of New Hampshire, and named Salem, after nearby Salem, Massachusetts. The area was organized as a district without township privileges. Residents petitioned for a separate incorporation five different times before Governor Benning Wentworth chartered Salem as a town in 1750.
Villages and Place Names: Arlington Park, Canobie Lake, Cluffs Crossing, Cowbell Corners, Foster Corners, Hampshire Road, Millville, North Salem, Noyes Terrace, Pine Grove Park, Salem Depot, Wilson Corners, Mount Ararat
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,218 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Salem totaled 19,610 over 53 years, the sixth largest numeric change, from 9,210 in 1960 to 28,820 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 119 percent between 1960 and 1970. The next largest percent increase, of 20 percent, occured between 1970 and 1980. The 2013 Census estimate for Salem was 28,820 residents, which ranked seventh among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 1,161.6 persons per square mile of land area, the fifth highest among the cities and towns. Salem contains 24.8 square miles of land area and 1.1 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen/Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $49,573,896
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015 $65,534,798
Zoning Ordinance 1962/15
Master Plan 2001
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Director
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning
Public Library Kelley

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Holy Family Hospital, Methuen MA 5 miles 261
Parkland Medical Center, Derry 13 miles 82

Electric Supplier National Grid; Liberty Utilities
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier Salem Water Department
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
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) $20.79
2014 Equalization Ratio 87.8
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.24
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings68.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings30.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.6%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 11,866
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 8,241
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 629
Five or More Units in Structure 2,167
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 829
Total Population Community County
2013 28,820 297,728
2010 28,776 295,223
2000 28,219 278,748
1990 25,841 246,744
1980 24,124 190,345
1970 20,142 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   14,735 Female:   14,085
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,201
Age 5 to 19 5,400
Age 20 to 34 4,656
Age 35 to 54 9,486
Age 55 to 64 3,858
Age 65 and over 4,219
Median Age 42.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 30.8%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 36,598
Median family income 90,448
Median household income 76,497
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 63,693
Female 44,233
Individuals below the poverty level 4.5%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 17,303 17,582
Employed 16,212 16,628
Unemployed 1,091.0 954
Unemployment Rate 6.3% 5.4%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 3,310 2,204
Average Weekly Wage $1,184 $1,439
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 16,474 18,537
Average Weekly Wage $608 $853
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 19,784 20,741
Average Weekly Wage $705 $916
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,118 1,175
Average Weekly Wage $835 $982
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 20,902 21,915
Average Weekly Wage $712 $919
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Salem operates grades K-12 SAU 57
Career Technology Center(s): Salem HS Career & Technical Ed Ctr Region: 17
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 7 1 1 2
Grade Levels P K 1-8 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 1,759 910 1,280 157
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 23 Total Capacity: 1,094
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England

Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Comprehensive physical rehabilitation 300 1981
JC Penney Co., Inc. Retail store 200 1991
Reliable Security Guard Agency Security guard services 135 1986
Salem Haven, Inc. Elderly home 120 1955
The Home Depot Home improvement center 100 1992
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 28, 38, 97, 111
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 1 - 2
Distance Local access
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 24 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 23 miles
Portland, ME 87 miles
Boston, MA 33 miles
New York City, NY 238 miles
Montreal, Quebec 280 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 87.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.1%
Public transportation 1%
Walked 0.5%
Other Means 0.4%
Worked at home 3.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 29.1%
Commuting to another NH community 20.6%
Commuting out-of-state 50.3%
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X 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
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre
Other: Rockingham Park; Canobie Lake Park; Salem Town Forest; Americas Stonehenge

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 05/29/15

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