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Sandown, NH

sandown New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Sandown Board of Selectmen
Hans Nicolaisen, Chairman
320 Main Street, PO Box 1756
Sandown, NH 03873
Telephone (603) 887-3646
Fax (603) 887-5163
E-mail townofsandown@sandown.us
Web Site www.sandown.us/

Municipal Office Hours Monday, 8 am - 12 noon, 1 pm - 7 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Haverhill MA-NH NECTA Division, NH Portion
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 23
State Representative Rockingham County District 4

Incorporated: 1756
Origin: This territory was part of the original Kingston grant of 1694. As the western portion of Kingston became more heavily populated, residents felt that they could support a meetinghouse of their own, and petitioned Governor Benning Wentworth for separation. Sandown was incorporated as a separate parish in 1756. It was named for picturesque Sandown on the Isle of Wight. The first minister of Sandown, Reverend Joseph Cotton, built the Sandown Church in 1773. The church had an eleven-foot high pulpit and marble columns supporting the gallery, and is an excellent example of early New England church architecture.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 561 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Sandown had the third largest percent change, with the largest decennial percent change of 178 percent between 1970 and 1980; the population doubled between 1960 and 1970. Population change for Sandown was 5,818 over 53 years, from 366 in 1960 to 6,184 in 2013. The 2013 Census estimate for Sandown was 6,184 residents, which ranked 54th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 442.0 persons per square mile of land area. Sandown contains 14.0 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014-2015 $3,445,641
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $65,974,014
Zoning Ordinance 1956/13
Master Plan 2005
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Library; Cemetery; Checklist; Trust Funds; Fire Engineers
Appointed:Conservation; Zoning; Cable; Recreation; Ballot Clerks; Old Home Day; Local Energy; Senior Affairs Transportation
Public Library Sandown Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time Chief & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Parkland Medical Center, Derry 10 miles 82

Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Granite State
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) $27.08
2013 Equalization Ratio 96.9
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.75
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings96.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.1%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 2,034
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,786
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 144
Five or More Units in Structure 67
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 37
Total Population Community County
2013 6,131 297,820
2010 5,986 295,223
2000 5,171 278,748
1990 4,069 246,744
1980 2,057 190,345
1970 741 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   2,952 Female:   3,045
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 486
Age 5 to 19 1,204
Age 20 to 34 1,117
Age 35 to 54 2,137
Age 55 to 64 567
Age 65 and over 486
Median Age 36.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 25.5%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $34,130
Median family income $93,643
Median household income $84,628
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $60,650
Female $43,026
Individuals below the poverty level 8%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 3,074 3,507
Employed 2,874 3,278
Unemployed 200 229
Unemployment Rate 6.5% 6.5%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 75 53
Average Weekly Wage $670 $559
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 94 169
Average Weekly Wage $611 $618
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 169 222
Average Weekly Wage $637 $604
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 52 62
Average Weekly Wage $344 $494
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 221 284
Average Weekly Wage $567 $580

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Timberlane Regional (Atkinson, Danville, Plaistow, Sandown) SAU 55
Career Technology Center(s): Pinkerton Academy CATE, Derry; Salem High School Vocational Center Region: 17
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2
Grade Levels K 1-5
Total Enrollment 427
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 5 Total Capacity: 141
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England; University of NH

White Oak Farm/St. Julien Macaroons Cookie factory 6-May
Compliance Worldwide, Inc EMC Test Lab 7 1999
Fox Den Retirement Community Assisted living facility 20 1994
Playmates Learning Center Childcare center 14 1988
Sue Padden Real Estate Real estate agency 13 2004
Angle Pond Grove Camping & Rec Area Camping & picnicing 5 1972
Main Street Friend Childcare center 5 1983
All Japanese Import Auto, Inc. Automotive repair/service 4 1997
Zorvino Vineyards Vineyard & function facility
Chickadee Hill Cakes specialty cake shop

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 121, 121A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 4
Distance 10 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation CART
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Manchester-Boston Regional
Runway 9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 22 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 20 miles
Portland, ME 84 miles
Boston, MA 47 miles
New York City, NY 251 miles
Montreal, Quebec 277 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 85.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.5%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 0%
Other Means 0.2%
Worked at home 7.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 11.5%
Commuting to another NH community 58.3%
Commuting out-of-state 30.2%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X 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, Pat's Peak
Other: Old Meeting House; Train Depot Museum

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/28/2014

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