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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@brookline.nh.us
Web Site www.brookline.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 2 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 2
Executive Council District 5
State Senate District 12
State Representative Hillsborough County District 26

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: Brookline's population grew more than six times larger over 55 years, with the largest decennial increase occurring between 1990 and 2000, when it grew by 75 percent. Population change totaled 4,305 over 55 years, from 795 in 1960 to 5,100 in 2015. The 2015 Census estimate for Brookline was 5,100 residents, which ranked 67th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2015 (US Census Bureau): 256.0 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, 2017 $4,547,125
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $9,245,049
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 Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 13 miles 162
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 13 miles 126

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 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
2016 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $32.56
2016 Equalization Ratio 87.2
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.36
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.7%

(ACS 2011-2015) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,687
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,591
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 87
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 9
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2015 5,100 403,972
2010 4,991 400,721
2000 4,211 382,384
1990 2,411 336,549
1980 1,766 276,608
1970 1,167 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2011-2015
Population by Gender
Male:   2,535 Female:   2,565
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 203
Age 5 to 19 1,385
Age 20 to 34 595
Age 35 to 54 1,737
Age 55 to 64 762
Age 65 and over 418
Median Age 41.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 45.5%

(ACS 2011-2015) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $41,226
Median family income $115,333
Median household income $107,833
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $76,982
Female $53,852
Individuals below the poverty level 1.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 2,613 3,251
Employed 2,541 3,180
Unemployed 72 71
Unemployment Rate 2.8% 2.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 257 201
Average Weekly Wage $1,110 $1,419
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 256 250
Average Weekly Wage $868 $1,002
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 513 451
Average Weekly Wage $989 $1,188
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 203 190
Average Weekly Wage $471 $667
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 716 641
Average Weekly Wage $842 $1,034

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 Region: 16
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 553
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 114
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 2011-2015) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.8%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.3%
Other Means 0.8%
Worked at home 11.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 35.0 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2011-2015)
Working in community of residence 19.3%
Commuting to another NH community 58.2%
Commuting out-of-state 22.5%
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
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
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, November 2017. Community Response Received 06/21/17

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