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Brookline, NH

brookline New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Brookline
PO Box 360
Brookline, NH 03033-0360
Telephone (603) 673-8855
Fax (603) 673-8136
E-mail town@brooklinenh.us
Web Site www.brooklinenh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 2 pm; Town Clerk: Wednesday, 5 pm - 8 pm

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Nashua Regional
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District District 12
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 36, 45

Incorporated: 1769
Origin: This town was originally part of the 1637 Dunstable grant and settled as West Hollis. Many early settlers were from nearby Massachusetts towns that had been affected when the current Massachusetts-New Hampshire border was established in 1741. In 1769, Governor John Wentworth granted the town as Raby, in honor of his cousin, fourth Earl of Strafford and Baron of Raby Castle, in County Durham, England. In 1798 the town was reincorporated as Brookline by the New Hampshire legislature at the suggestion of a leading citizen and landowner who was from Brookline, Massachusetts.
Villages and Place Names: North Brookline, South Brookline, West Brookline
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 338 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Brookline totaled 3,949 over 41 years, from 1,766 in 1980 to 5,715 in 2021. The largest decennial percent change was a 75 percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2021 Census estimate for Brookline was 5,715 residents, which ranked 64th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 286.9 persons per square mile of land area. Brookline contains 19.9 square miles of land area and 0.3 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2021 $5,754,616
Budget: School Appropriations, 2021-2022 $10,527,012
Zoning Ordinance 1968/16
Master Plan 2012
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectboard; Library; Cemetery; Assessors
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Recreation
Public Library Brookline Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department On-Call
Emergency Medical Service On-Call
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 13 miles 163
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 13 miles 159

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.58
2021 Equalization Ratio 77.9
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.98
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings93.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.6%

(ACS 2016-2020) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,778
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,778
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 0
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2021 5,715 424,079
2020 5,657 422,705
2010 4,991 400,721
2000 4,211 382,384
1990 2,411 336,549
1980 1,766 276,608
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2016-2020
Population by Gender
Male:   2,565 Female:   2,829
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 313
Age 5 to 19 1,262
Age 20 to 34 940
Age 35 to 54 1,421
Age 55 to 64 977
Age 65 and over 481
Median Age 38.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 60.5%

(ACS 2016-2020) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $52,698
Median family income $150,820
Median household income $142,033
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $93,778
Female $73,953
Individuals below the poverty level 0.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 3,073 3,412
Employed 2,935 3,321
Unemployed 138 91
Unemployment Rate 4.5% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 129 249
Average Weekly Wage $1,001 $1,577
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 195 338
Average Weekly Wage $1,258 $1,133
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 324 588
Average Weekly Wage $1,156 $1,321
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 197 192
Average Weekly Wage $644 $749
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 521 779
Average Weekly Wage $962 $1,180

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Brookline operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are part of Hollis/Brookline Cooperative (Brookline, Hollis) SAU 41
Career Technology Center(s): Milford HS & Applied Technology Center; Wilbur H. Palmer Career & Tech Ed Center (Hudson); Nashua Technology Center
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2
Grade Levels P K 1-6
Total Enrollment 562
2021 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 5 Total Capacity: 261
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Daniel Webster; Franklin Pierce University; Rivier; Thomas More

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Bingham Lumber Inc. Lumber 38 1969
Donovan Engineering Construction of process mechanical systems 35 1934
Superior Steel Fabricators Steel pre-fabrication 12 1992

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 13, 130
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exit 6; I-495 (MA), Exit 31
Distance 10 miles; 20 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Boire Field, NashuaRunway6,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 25 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 26 miles
Portland, ME 120 miles
Boston, MA 51 miles
New York City, NY 214 miles
Montreal, Quebec 270 miles

(ACS 2016-2020) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.4%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 0.3%
Other Means 1.1%
Worked at home 12.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 35.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2016-2020)
Working in community of residence 70.7%
Commuting to another NH community 2.7%
Commuting out-of-state 26.6%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
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
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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 5/6/22

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