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Strafford, NH

strafford New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Strafford
Lynn M. Sweet, 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 Dover-Durham, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA
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 3,295 over 54 years, from 722 in 1960 to 4,017 in 2014. 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 2014 Census estimate for Strafford was 4,017 residents, which ranked 93rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 82.0 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.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016-2017 $2,868,063
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $10,957,730
Zoning Ordinance 1970/15
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Planning
Public Library Hill

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 10 miles 92

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.81
2015 Equalization Ratio 99.3
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.60
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings97.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.3%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,768
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,580
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 94
Five or More Units in Structure 19
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 75
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 4,017 124,387
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   2,009 Female:   2,008
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 153
Age 5 to 19 963
Age 20 to 34 447
Age 35 to 54 1,322
Age 55 to 64 583
Age 65 and over 549
Median Age 45.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 40.5%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $37,407
Median family income $102,083
Median household income $97,333
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $60,197
Female $42,703
Individuals below the poverty level 1.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 2,281 2,167
Employed 2,212 2,087
Unemployed 69 80
Unemployment Rate 3.0% 3.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 114 116
Average Weekly Wage $641 $867
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 68 122
Average Weekly Wage $551 $968
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 182 238
Average Weekly Wage $608 $919
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 140 146
Average Weekly Wage $450 $640
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 322 384
Average Weekly Wage $539 $813

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
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; R.W. Creteau Regional Technology Ctr.; Somersworth Career Technical Center Region: 12
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 396
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 80
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
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
Sheilah's Deli and Market Convenience store, deli 5 2001
Strafford Window Window fabrication 2 2002

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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, RochesterRunway4,200 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 47 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 32 miles
Portland, ME 62 miles
Boston, MA 79 miles
New York City, NY 270 miles
Montreal, Quebec 264 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.4%
Public transportation 2.5%
Walked 0.4%
Other Means 0.3%
Worked at home 8.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 37.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 13.8%
Commuting to another NH community 77.2%
Commuting out-of-state 9.0%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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, August 2016. Community Response Received 06/06/16

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