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Strafford, NH

strafford New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Strafford
R. Stephen Leighton, Chair
PO Box 23
Center Strafford, NH 03815
Telephone (603) 664-2192
Fax (603) 664-7276
E-mail Not Available
Web Site www.strafford.nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Wednesday, 9 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30 am - 2 pm, Tuesday, 1 pm - 7 pm

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

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 17
State Representative Strafford County District 3

Incorporated: 1820
Origin: This territory was for a long time part of Barrington, and settled prior to the Revolution. It was incorporated as a separate town in 1820, taking its name from the county in which it is located. Earl of Strafford was a title of the Wentworth family in England. Strafford, Vermont is also named for the family. The name was also adopted by a state militia company in Dover, the Strafford Guards, who later became part of the New Hampshire National Guard. The company served as escort for the Marquis de Lafayette on his visit to America, and saw service in the Civil War.
Villages and Place Names: Berrys Corner, Bow Lake Village, Center Strafford, Hills Corner, Leighton Corners, Strafford Corner, Welshs Corner
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 2,144 residents in 1820
Population Trends: Population change for Strafford totaled 3,301 over 53 years, from 722 in 1960 to 4,023 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 77 percent increase between 1980 and 1990, which followed a 72 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2013 Census estimate for Strafford was 4,023 residents, which ranked 93rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 82.2 persons per square mile of land area. Strafford contains 49.0 square miles of land area and 2.2 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014-2015 $2,656,985
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $10,754,125
Zoning Ordinance 1970/12
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Planning
Public Library Hill

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 10 miles 82

Electric Supplier PSNH
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 Fairpoint; TDS
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) $22.68
2013 Equalization Ratio 105.3
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.83
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings96.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.3%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,713
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,506
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 81
Five or More Units in Structure 9
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 117
Total Population Community County
2013 4,015 124,119
2010 3,991 123,143
2000 3,649 112,676
1990 2,936 104,348
1980 1,663 85,324
1970 965 70,431
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   2,051 Female:   1,941
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 230
Age 5 to 19 918
Age 20 to 34 474
Age 35 to 54 1,343
Age 55 to 64 519
Age 65 and over 508
Median Age 43 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 39.4%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $32,632
Median family income $82,679
Median household income $85,682
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $52,035
Female $47,266
Individuals below the poverty level 3.6%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 2,250 2,334
Employed 2,172 2,233
Unemployed 78 101
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 4.3%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 84 119
Average Weekly Wage $627 $804
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 75 98
Average Weekly Wage $531 $1,052
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 159 217
Average Weekly Wage $582 $916
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 141 144
Average Weekly Wage $439 $626
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 300 361
Average Weekly Wage $514 $800

Schools students attend: Strafford operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Coe-Brown Academy (Northwood) SAU 44
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 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 441
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 41
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

David R. Whitcher, Builder Building contractor 25 1971
Strafford Machine & Welding Job machine shop 2 1974
Amusement Media, Inc. Media & marketing 15 1997
Isinglass Country Store Convenience store 3 1985
Strafford Insulating Technologies Insulation 1 1985
Great Crates Storage containers 3 2004
Sheilah's Deli and Market Convenience store, deli 5 2001
Strafford Window Window fabrication 2 2002

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 126, 202A
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 16; I-95, Exit 5
Distance 9 miles; 29 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Skyhaven, Rochester
Runway 4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 47 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 37 miles
Portland, ME 60 miles
Boston, MA 79 miles
New York City, NY 298 miles
Montreal, Quebec 275 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 85%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.6%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 1.3%
Other Means 0.4%
Worked at home 4.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 13.2%
Commuting to another NH community 78.9%
Commuting out-of-state 7.9%
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 Performing Arts Facilities
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
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 6/20/2014

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