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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 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 thirteenth 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 6,252, from 1,033 in 1960 to 7,285 in 2013. The 2013 Census estimate for Stratham was 7,285 residents, which ranked 42nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 481.8 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.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $5,969,553
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

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

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:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.91
2014 Equalization Ratio 98.5
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.56
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings83.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings14.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.3%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 2,765
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,497
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 73
Five or More Units in Structure 125
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 70
Total Population Community County
2013 7,285 297,728
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) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   3,796 Female:   3,489
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 241
Age 5 to 19 1,741
Age 20 to 34 730
Age 35 to 54 2,391
Age 55 to 64 1,455
Age 65 and over 727
Median Age 44.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 98.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 58.5%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 56,550
Median family income 132,011
Median household income 111,029
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 77,344
Female 61,912
Individuals below the poverty level 0.6%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 3,826 4,273
Employed 3,700 4,127
Unemployed 126.0 146
Unemployment Rate 3.3% 3.4%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 408 678
Average Weekly Wage $892 $1,436
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 2,705 2,920
Average Weekly Wage $1,317 $1,007
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 3,113 3,598
Average Weekly Wage $1,262 $1,088
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 484 386
Average Weekly Wage $679 $982
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,597 3,983
Average Weekly Wage $1,183 $1,078
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

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 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 593 1,359 182
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 8 Total Capacity: 499
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; Southern NH University; Franklin Pierce University

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
*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 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

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.8%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 0.4%
Other Means 2%
Worked at home 10.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 24.3%
Commuting to another NH community 60.8%
Commuting out-of-state 14.9%
X Municipal Parks
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
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
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, October 2015.
Community Response Received 05/29/15

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