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Brentwood, NH

brentwood New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Brentwood
Board of Selectmen
1 Dalton Road
Brentwood, NH 03833
Telephone (603) 642-6400 x110
Fax (603) 642-6310
E-mail selectmen@brentwoodnh.gov
Web Site www.brentwoodnh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday to Thursday, 8-4, Friday, 9-12; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30-4:30, Tuesday, 8:30-7, Friday, 8:30-4

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 23
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 6, 32

Incorporated: 1742
Origin: Originally a parish of Exeter known as Brentwood Parish, in 1742 residents successfully petitioned for the right to maintain a meetinghouse and minister with public funds. About that same time, during the first year Benning Wentworth was governor, several older and overgrown New Hampshire towns were given authorization to divide into separate units. The name was probably taken from the English town of Brentwood, or Burnt Wood, so called because of a residential community established in an accidentally or deliberately burnt clearing in the king's forest.
Villages and Place Names: Brentwood Corners, Marshall Corner
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 976 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Brentwood totaled 3,008 over 50 years, from 1,468 in 1970 to 4,476 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 39 percent increase from 2000 to 2010; population increased by 37 percent from 1970 to 1980 and from 1990 to 2000. The town's population increased by less than half a percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2021 Census estimate for Brentwood was 4,554 residents, which ranked 84th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 268.4 persons per square mile of land area. Brentwood contains 17.0 square miles of land area and 0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Town Meeting
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2021 $4,983,611
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $9,438,516
Zoning Ordinance 1952/21
Master Plan 201
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By GKG Planning LLC
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Cemetery; Library; Budget
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Recreation
Public Library Mary E. Bartlett Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Full-time & On-Call
Emergency Medical Service Full-time & on-call
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 7 miles 99

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; Exeter & Hampton; NH Electric
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier 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 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
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.24
2021 Equalization Ratio 78.4
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.35
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings83.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings12.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.2%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,582
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,454
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 30
Five or More Units in Structure 17
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 81
(US Census Bureau) Population
(Decennial/ACS 2017-2021)
Total Population Community County
2021 4,503 312,771
2020 4,490 314,176
2010 4,486 295,223
2000 3,228 278,748
1990 2,363 246,744
1980 2,004 190,345
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   2,425 Female:   2,078
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 251
Age 5 to 19 891
Age 20 to 34 679
Age 35 to 54 1,251
Age 55 to 64 728
Age 65 and over 703
Median Age 43.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 3,203
High school graduate or higher 95.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 55.8%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $61,277
Median family income $163,155
Median household income $148,281
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $97,179
Female $82,308
Individuals below the poverty level 1.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 2,398 2,539
Employed 2,283 2,470
Unemployed 115 69
Unemployment Rate 4.8% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 282 430
Average Weekly Wage $1,034 $1,440
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 911 916
Average Weekly Wage $767 $1,162
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,193 1,346
Average Weekly Wage $830 $1,251
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 821 549
Average Weekly Wage $766 $1,005
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 2,014 1,894
Average Weekly Wage $804 $1,180

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Brentwood operates grades K-5; grades 6-12 are part of Exeter Region Cooperative (Brentwood, East Kingston, Kensington, Newfields, Stratham, Exeter) SAU 16
Career Technology Center(s): Seacoast School of Technology
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 283
2021 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 106
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; Northern Essex (MA)

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
NEI Asphalt commercial roofing 115
Difeo Oil Co., Inc. Fuel oil, propane 25 1998
Bayside Distribution ORS Beer distributor 65
Rockingham County Court House County courthouse & registry of deeds 100+
Stratham Tire Tire warehouse, retail sales & headquarters 30 2001
Brentwood Machine Tool sales 14
Highland Hardwood Specialty lumber 28
United Machine Machine shop 39 1979
Rockingham County Home & Jail Nursing home & correctional facility 690
The Provider Student transportation 115

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 27, 101, 107, 111A, 125
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exits 1 - 2
Distance 13 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Hampton AirfieldRunway2,100 ft. turf
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 30 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 32 miles
Portland, ME 75 miles
Boston, MA 50 miles
New York City, NY 249 miles
Montreal, Quebec 281 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 2,250
Drove alone, car/truck/van 70.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.2%
Public transportation 1.2%
Walked 0.1%
Other Means 0.5%
Worked at home 23.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 29.4%
Commuting to another NH community 55.4%
Commuting out-of-state 15.2%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
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
Tourist 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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre
Other: Municipal Trail System

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, April 2023. Community Response Received 8/27/22

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