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Somersworth, NH

somersworth New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Somersworth Dept of Development Services
Dave Sharples, Director Plan & Community Dev
One Government Way
Somersworth, NH 03878
Telephone (603) 692-9517
Fax (603) 692-9575
E-mail dsharples@somersworth.com
Web Site www.somersworth.com

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

County Strafford
Labor Market Area Rochester-Dover NH-ME Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Southeast Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1 (All Wards)
Executive Council District District 2 (All Wards)
State Senate District District 4 (All Wards)
State Representative Strafford County Districts 18, 21 (Wards 1, 3, 4, & 5) 17, 21 (Ward 2)

Incorporated: 1754
Origin: This territory was first settled about 1650 when it was part of Dover. It was made a separate parish in 1729, called Summersworth. In 1753, residents petitioned Governor Benning Wentworth for a separate township. The town was incorporated as Somersworth in 1754. In 1849, the town was divided nearly in half when the southern portion was incorporated as Rollinsford. Somersworth was incorporated as a city in 1893. Situated on the Salmon River, Somersworth has been home to many gristmills, sawmills, and cotton and woolen making establishments.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 943 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Somersworth totaled 3,212 over 53 years, from 8,529 in 1960 to 11,741 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 15 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; the smallest, a two percent increase between 2000 and 2010. The 2013 Census estimate for Somersworth was 11,741 residents, which ranked 25th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 1,196.8 persons per square mile of land area, the fifth highest among the cities and towns. Somersworth contains 9.8 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government City Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014-2015 $11,611,831
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $25,557,232
Zoning Ordinance 1953/13
Master Plan 2010
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:City Council
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery; HDC
Public Library Somersworth Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Private
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Wentworth-Douglass, Dover 4 miles 124
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 6 miles 82

Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier Municipal
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
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) $30.47
2013 Equalization Ratio 101.6
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $30.66
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings74%
Commercial Land and Buildings24.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.3%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 4,823
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,373
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1,187
Five or More Units in Structure 827
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 436
Total Population Community County
2013 11,754 124,119
2010 11,766 123,143
2000 11,505 112,676
1990 11,200 104,348
1980 10,350 85,408
1970 9,026 70,431
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   5,650 Female:   6,132
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 919
Age 5 to 19 2,031
Age 20 to 34 3,073
Age 35 to 54 3,309
Age 55 to 64 1,155
Age 65 and over 1,295
Median Age 34.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 88.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 23.7%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $24,360
Median family income $69,578
Median household income $53,354
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $45,743
Female $36,483
Individuals below the poverty level 15.8%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 6,315 6,377
Employed 6,013 6,032
Unemployed 302 345
Unemployment Rate 4.8% 5.4%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,156 1,248
Average Weekly Wage $790 $1,033
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 3,056 3,888
Average Weekly Wage $581 $736
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 4,212 5,137
Average Weekly Wage $638 $808
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 506 533
Average Weekly Wage $599 $747
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 4,718 5,669
Average Weekly Wage $634 $802

Schools students attend: Somersworth operates grades K-12 SAU 56
Career Technology Center(s): Dover Career Technical Center; Creteau Regional Technology Center, Rochester; Somersworth Career Technical Center Region: 12
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1 1 3
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 780 444 562 323
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 8 Total Capacity: 420
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

General Electric Co. Manufacturing, meter control division 400
Contitech Manufacture of high performance silicone rubber hose 400
J Pac Medical contract packaging 120
Wal-Mart Retail store 380
Somersworth School Department Education 291
Market Basket Supermarket 270
City of Somersworth Municipal services 115
Velcro Hook & loop products 180
The Works Athletic Club Physical fitness, wellness center 240
General Linen Laundry facility 200

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 16A, 16B, 108, 236
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 9; I-95, Exit 5
Distance 4 miles; 17 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation COAST
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Skyhaven, Rochester
Runway 4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 46 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 13
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 47 miles
Portland, ME 49 miles
Boston, MA 70 miles
New York City, NY 284 miles
Montreal, Quebec 278 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.6%
Public transportation 0.9%
Walked 0%
Other Means 1.4%
Worked at home 5.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 20%
Commuting to another NH community 67.4%
Commuting out-of-state 12.6%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
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
Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
Other: Pumpkin Festival; Childrens Festival; Walking Trails; Baseball/Softball Fields; Basketball Courts; Childrens Playground

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 6/3/2014

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