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Allenstown, NH

allenstown New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Allenstown
Derik Goodine, Town Administrator
16 School Street
Allenstown, NH 03275
Telephone (603) 485-4276
Fax (603) 485-8669
E-mail dgoodine@allenstownnh.gov
Web Site www.allenstownnh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Monday, 7:30 am - 6:15 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 am - 5:15 pm, closed Friday

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Manchester, NH Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Central NH Regional
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 4
State Senate District District 17
State Representative Merrimack County Districts 22, 29

Incorporated: 1831
Origin: First granted in 1721, Allenstown was named after Samuel Allen, governor of the province while still under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts just prior to 1700. A portion of Bow was annexed to the town in 1815, and a portion of Hooksett in 1853. The area was once known as excellent bear country, and a good hunting ground for wild geese and ducks. Allenstown is home to Bear Brook State Park, the largest developed state park in New Hampshire, according to the NH Division of Parks and Recreation. The park covers nearly 10,000 acres and offers historical museums along with recreational swimming, hiking, biking, camping, and fishing.
Villages and Place Names: Suncook, Blodgett
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 254 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Allenstown totaled 2,633 over 58 years, from 1,789 in 1960 to 4,422 in 2018. The largest decennial percent change was a 61 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, which followed a 53 percent increase over the previous decade. The 2018 Census estimate for Allenstown was 4,422 residents, which ranked 87th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 216.0 persons per square mile of land area. Allenstown contains 20.5 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2019 $6,226,603
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $10,021,355
Zoning Ordinance 1960/18
Master Plan 2013
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Sewer; Library; Checklist; Trust Funds; Budget; Cemetery
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Parks & Recreation; Old Allenstown Meeting House; Welfare Fair Hearings; Suncook Village; Economic Development
Public Library Allenstown Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 9 miles 245

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Pembroke Water Works
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2018 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $32.11
2018 Equalization Ratio 97.4
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $31.34
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings76.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings21.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.0%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,877
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 841
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 235
Five or More Units in Structure 260
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 541
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 4,422 151,132
2010 4,322 146,445
2000 4,854 136,716
1990 4,710 120,618
1980 4,398 98,302
1970 2,732 80,925
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   2,216 Female:   2,154
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 228
Age 5 to 19 673
Age 20 to 34 865
Age 35 to 54 1,300
Age 55 to 64 672
Age 65 and over 632
Median Age 43.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 88.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 16.2%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $28,240
Median family income $68,177
Median household income $56,046
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $49,005
Female $37,981
Individuals below the poverty level 9.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 2,856 2,375
Employed 2,731 2,316
Unemployed 125 59
Unemployment Rate 4.4% 2.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $141 $114
Average Weekly Wage $624 $1,084
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $385 $256
Average Weekly Wage $606 $785
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $525 $370
Average Weekly Wage $610 $878
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $194 $334
Average Weekly Wage $583 $887
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $720 $704
Average Weekly Wage $603 $882

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Allenstown operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Pembroke SAU 53
Career Technology Center(s): Concord Regional Technical Center Region: 11
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-4 5-8 9-12 1-8
Total Enrollment 197 158 42 22
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 269
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Perfect Fit Industries Fiber, yarn, and thread mills
Suncook Business Park Offices 35
15 Retail Stores Retail merchandise
Spruce Pond Camp Camping activities
Bear Brook Campground Camping
Mailways Distribution 10 2001
Hudson Quarry Landscape & masonry supplies 2019

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 28
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 11
Distance 5 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Concord MunicipalRunway6,005 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 16 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 12 miles
Portland, ME 99 miles
Boston, MA 62 miles
New York City, NY 259 miles
Montreal, Quebec 253 miles

(ACS 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 90.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.3%
Other Means 1.6%
Worked at home 0.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 10.2%
Commuting to another NH community 87.4%
Commuting out-of-state 2.4%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
X 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 Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak
Other: Bear Brook State Park; Bear Brook Museum Complex

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2020. Community Response Received 6/17/19

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