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Stratham, NH


stratham New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Stratham
Paul R. Deschaine, Town Administrator
10 Bunker Hill Avenue
Stratham, NH 03885
Telephone (603) 772-7391 x181
Fax (603) 775-0517
E-mail pdeschaine@strathamnh.gov
Web Site www.strathamnh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Portsmouth, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 3
State Senate District 24
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 19, 36

Incorporated: 1716
Origin: This territory was settled in 1631, a part of the Squamscott Patent granted to Edward Hilton, under the leadership of Captain Thomas Wiggin, who was called Governor. The settlement was called Squamscott, and was also known by the Indian name of Winnicutt. In 1695 the territory was annexed to Exeter, having been associated with Hampton prior to that. In 1716, residents petitioned for a separate incorporated town, which was granted. Stratham was sixth town to be incorporated in New Hampshire, and named for a friend of Governor Samuel Shute of Massachusetts, Wriothesley Russell, Baron Howland of Streatham.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 882 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Stratham had the fourteenth largest percent change over 55 years, with the largest decennial percent change of 99 percent between 1980 and 1990; the smallest, 13 percent between 2000 and 2010. Population change totaled 6,287, from 1,033 in 1960 to 7,320 in 2015. The 2015 Census estimate for Stratham was 7,320 residents, which ranked 42nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2015 (US Census Bureau): 484.1 persons per square mile of land area. Stratham contains 15.1 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $6,167,501
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $10,475,532
Zoning Ordinance 1957/15
Master Plan 1998
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Cemetery; Checklist; Town Clerk/Tax Collector
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Heritage; Recreation; Public Works; Energy; Zoning; Economic Development
Public Library Wiggin Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 3 miles 99
Portsmouth Regional, Portsmouth 9 miles 165

Utilities
Electric Supplier Unitil; Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier Private wells/Town of Exeter
Sanitation Private septic/Town of Exeter
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.90
2015 Equalization Ratio 95.5
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.95
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings82.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings14.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.2%

(ACS 2011-2015) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,860
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,584
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 63
Five or More Units in Structure 118
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 95
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2015 7,320 299,006
2010 7,255 295,223
2000 6,395 278,748
1990 4,994 246,744
1980 2,507 190,345
1970 1,512 138,951
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2011-2015
Population by Gender
Male:   3,893 Female:   3,427
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 395
Age 5 to 19 1,530
Age 20 to 34 746
Age 35 to 54 2,272
Age 55 to 64 1,451
Age 65 and over 926
Median Age 44.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 62.8%

(ACS 2011-2015) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $58,137
Median family income $138,239
Median household income $108,306
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $102,315
Female $56,750
Individuals below the poverty level 0.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 3,826 4,273
Employed 3,700 4,127
Unemployed 126 146
Unemployment Rate 3.3% 3.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2005 2015
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 416 715
Average Weekly Wage $670 $1,686
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 2,712 3,081
Average Weekly Wage $1,162 $1,003
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 3,128 3,796
Average Weekly Wage $1,137 $1,132
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 506 396
Average Weekly Wage $692 $1,016
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,634 4,192
Average Weekly Wage $1,075 $1,121

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


(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Stratham operates grades K-5; grades 6-12 are part of Exeter Region Cooperative (Brentwood, East Kingston, Exeter, Kensington, Newfields, Stratham) SAU 16
Career Technology Center(s): Seacoast School of Technology Region: 18
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 570 1,284 178
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 7 Total Capacity: 434
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; Southern NH University; Franklin Pierce University

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Timberland Retail outdoor sport equipment, catalog 650 1994
Shaw's Supermarket Supermarket 143 1975
Lindt Sprugli, Inc. Chocolate manufacturer 250 1990
Market Basket Supermarket 150 1981
Bauer Performace Sports Retail sports equipment 50 1927
H D Smith Distributor 25 2006
Bell & Flynn Sand, gravel, construction 44 1958
Staples Retail office products, services 25 2005
Seacoast Imported Auto, Inc. Vehicle dealership 35 1991
AutoFair/Nissan of Stratham Car dealership, sales, and service 35.00 2012

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality


(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 33, 101, 108
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exit 2
Distance 6 miles
Railroad Amtrack, Boston & Maine
Public Transportation COAST
 
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Hampton AirfieldRunway2,100 ft. turf
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 35 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 31 miles
Portland, ME 62 miles
Boston, MA 52 miles
New York City, NY 260 miles
Montreal, Quebec 286 miles

(ACS 2011-2015) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.9%
Public transportation 0.4%
Walked 1.0%
Other Means 1.7%
Worked at home 12.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.6 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2011-2015)
Working in community of residence 26.3%
Commuting to another NH community 55.1%
Commuting out-of-state 18.6%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
Cinemas
X 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
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock, Sunday River (ME)
   
Other: Stratham Fair; Lacrosse; Outdoor Skating Rink

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, April 2017. Community Response Received 05/16/16

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