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Atkinson, NH

atkinson New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Atkinson Planning Board
Sue Coppeta, Planning Assistant
21 Academy Avenue
Atkinson, NH 03811
Telephone (603) 362-5761
Fax (603) 362-5305
E-mail landuse@atkinson-nh.gov
Web Site www.town-atkinsonnh.com

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

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 4
State Senate District District 22
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 14, 34

Incorporated: 1767
Origin: Atkinson was named in 1767 for Colonel Theodore Atkinson, whose farm once covered nearly all of the several hundred acres set aside from Plaistow that became the town. Colonel Atkinson was a brother-in-law to Governor Benning Wentworth, served as secretary of the colony until the Revolution, and was one of the Masonian Proprietors who parceled out New Hampshire lands to over 30,000 settlers. Colonel Atkinson bequested funds to establish Atkinson Academy, incorporated in 1787. In 1809, the state granted 13,000 acres of land in Coos County to the Academy, an unincorporated place now known as Atkinson & Gilmanton Academy Grant.
Villages and Place Names: Atkinson Heights, Conleys Grove, Westville, Atkinson Depot
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 479 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Atkinson totaled 4,854 over 49 years, from 2,291 in 1970 to 7,145 in 2019. The largest decennial percent changes were a 92 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, and a 21 percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2019 Census estimate for Atkinson was 7,145 residents, which ranked 46th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 639.1 persons per square mile of land area. Atkinson contains 11.2 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2019 $5,248,842
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $13,644,803
Zoning Ordinance 1940/12
Master Plan 2015
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Cemetery; Budget
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Recreation
Public Library Kimball

Emergency Services
Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Municipal & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Parkland Medical Center, Derry 11 miles 86

Electric Supplier Unitil; Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier Hampstead Water Company & private wells
Sanitation Private septic
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 Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.67
2019 Equalization Ratio 83.8
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.69
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings93.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings5.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.9%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,899
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,693
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 142
Five or More Units in Structure 64
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 7,145 309,769
2010 6,751 295,223
2000 6,230 278,748
1990 5,141 246,744
1980 4,397 190,345
1970 2,291 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   3,495 Female:   3,457
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 275
Age 5 to 19 1,257
Age 20 to 34 868
Age 35 to 54 1,976
Age 55 to 64 1,201
Age 65 and over 1,375
Median Age 48.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 49.0%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $53,300
Median family income $132,500
Median household income $118,712
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $93,724
Female $64,217
Individuals below the poverty level 2.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 3,778 4,070
Employed 3,503 3,943
Unemployed 275 127
Unemployment Rate 7.3% 3.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 221 374
Average Weekly Wage $1,101 $1,213
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 636 823
Average Weekly Wage $791 $910
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 856 1,197
Average Weekly Wage $870 $1,005
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 66 68
Average Weekly Wage $555 $779
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 922 1,265
Average Weekly Wage $848 $992

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Timberlane Regional (Atkinson, Danville, Plaistow, Sandown) SAU 55
Career Technology Center(s): Pinkerton Academy Center for CTE Region: 17
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5
Total Enrollment 339
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 157
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay; Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Lewis Builders, Inc. Builder 94 1953
Busby Construction Contractor 70 1979
GEX Graphics, printing 80 1990
Palmer Gas Company Propane gas 109 1969
Atkinson Concessions Country club 227 2002

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 111, 121
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-495 (MA), Exit 51
Distance 4 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Lawrence (MA) MunicipalRunway5,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 27 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 29 miles
Portland, ME 84 miles
Boston, MA 40 miles
New York City, NY 239 miles
Montreal, Quebec 283 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 86.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.5%
Public transportation 2.3%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 7.1%
Worked at home 46.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 14.3%
Commuting to another NH community 39.2%
Commuting out-of-state 46.5%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
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
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist 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 Fishing/Hunting
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Bradford (MA)
Other: NH Cultural & Scenic By-Way

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 6/22/18

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