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Somersworth, NH

somersworth New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Somersworth Dept of Development Services
Shanna saunders, Director Plan & Community Dev
One Government Way
Somersworth, NH 03878
Telephone (603) 692-9517
Fax (603) 692-9575
E-mail ssaunders@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 Dover-Durham, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA
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 3,236 over 54 years, from 8,529 in 1960 to 11,765 in 2014. 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 2014 Census estimate for Somersworth was 11,765 residents, which ranked 25th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 1,199.3 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.

Municipal Services
Type of Government City Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015-2016 $12,249,085
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $25,326,609
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

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Private
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Wentworth-Douglass, Dover 4 miles 114
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 6 miles 92

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $32.25
2015 Equalization Ratio 99.1
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $31.73
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings70.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings27.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.9%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 4,886
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,353
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1,161
Five or More Units in Structure 883
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 489
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 11,765 124,387
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   5,753 Female:   6,012
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 832
Age 5 to 19 1,972
Age 20 to 34 3,049
Age 35 to 54 3,112
Age 55 to 64 1,450
Age 65 and over 1,350
Median Age 35.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 25.0%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $24,149
Median family income $64,382
Median household income $53,094
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $46,616
Female $37,483
Individuals below the poverty level 15.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 6,290 6,584
Employed 6,070 6,307
Unemployed 220 277
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 4.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,157 1,194
Average Weekly Wage $835 $1,072
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 3,276 3,928
Average Weekly Wage $582 $735
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 4,433 5,122
Average Weekly Wage $648 $813
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 501 521
Average Weekly Wage $632 $767
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 4,935 5,642
Average Weekly Wage $646 $809

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Somersworth operates grades K-12 SAU 56
Career Technology Center(s): Somersworth Career Technical Center Region: 12
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) 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 778 377 479 317
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 8 Total Capacity: 434
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
General Electric Co. Manufacturing, meter control division 400
Contitech Manufacture of high performance silicone rubber hose 1,000
J Pac Medical contract packaging 100
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

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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, RochesterRunway4,200 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 46 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 6
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 44 miles
Portland, ME 47 miles
Boston, MA 70 miles
New York City, NY 281 miles
Montreal, Quebec 279 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.5%
Public transportation 2.1%
Walked 1.8%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 2.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 17.2%
Commuting to another NH community 72.5%
Commuting out-of-state 10.3%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/17/16

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