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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 5,998 over 58 years, from 1,017 in 1960 to 7,015 in 2018. The largest decennial percent change was a 125 percent increase between 1960 and 1970, followed by a 92 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2018 Census estimate for Atkinson was 7,015 residents, which ranked 47th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 627.5 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
2018 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.30
2018 Equalization Ratio 92.9
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $16.86
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings5.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.9%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,888
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,664
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 126
Five or More Units in Structure 98
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 7,015 309,176
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) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   3,437 Female:   3,460
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 192
Age 5 to 19 1,362
Age 20 to 34 800
Age 35 to 54 1,901
Age 55 to 64 1,276
Age 65 and over 1,366
Median Age 49.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 51.2%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $51,869
Median family income $128,182
Median household income $113,322
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $100,417
Female $63,156
Individuals below the poverty level 1.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 3,740 3,964
Employed 3,549 3,833
Unemployed 191 131
Unemployment Rate 5.1% 3.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $253 $386
Average Weekly Wage $1,140 $1,256
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $686 $783
Average Weekly Wage $846 $887
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $939 $1,169
Average Weekly Wage $925 $1,009
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $64 $68
Average Weekly Wage $572 $733
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $1,002 $1,237
Average Weekly Wage $903 $994

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 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 85.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.2%
Public transportation 2.5%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 8.5%
Worked at home 8.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 17.0%
Commuting to another NH community 43.8%
Commuting out-of-state 39.2%
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
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 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, 2020. Community Response Received 6/22/18

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