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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 Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 3
State Senate District 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 53 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 6,305, from 1,033 in 1960 to 7,338 in 2013. The 2013 Census estimate for Stratham was 7,338 residents, which ranked 41st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 485.3 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, 2014 $5,905,738
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $18,926,252
Zoning Ordinance 1957/14
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 209

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Unitil; PSNH
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 Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.65
2013 Equalization Ratio 103.9
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.37
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings84%
Commercial Land and Buildings13.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 2,817
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,536
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 88
Five or More Units in Structure 127
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 66
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2013 7,311 297,820
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) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   3,609 Female:   3,629
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 169
Age 5 to 19 1,810
Age 20 to 34 664
Age 35 to 54 2,472
Age 55 to 64 1,378
Age 65 and over 745
Median Age 44.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 58.8%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $53,833
Median family income $128,661
Median household income $111,519
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $77,228
Female $63,117
Individuals below the poverty level 0.4%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 3,685 4,295
Employed 3,541 4,102
Unemployed 144 193
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 4.5%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 375 658
Average Weekly Wage $806 $1,336
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 2,587 2,665
Average Weekly Wage $1,104 $988
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,962 3,323
Average Weekly Wage $1,067 $1,057
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 471 385
Average Weekly Wage $641 $955
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,433 3,707
Average Weekly Wage $1,008 $1,047

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
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, Exeter Region: 18
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 8-Jun P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 613 1,363 161
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 8 Total Capacity: 441
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 2012

(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 Airfield
Runway 2,100 ft. turf
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 35 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 32 miles
Portland, ME 62 miles
Boston, MA 53 miles
New York City, NY 266 miles
Montreal, Quebec 287 miles

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.5%
Public transportation 1.2%
Walked 0%
Other Means 1.9%
Worked at home 9.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.8 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 21%
Commuting to another NH community 64.8%
Commuting out-of-state 14.2%
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 Faclity
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, November 2014.
Community Response Received 6/2/2014

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