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Candia, NH

candia New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Candia
Board of Selectmen
74 High Street
Candia, NH 03034
Telephone (603) 483-8101
Fax (603) 483-0252
E-mail info@candianh.org
Web Site www.candianh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen's Office: Monday to Friday, 7-4; Town Clerk: Tuesday and Thursday, 4-7, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30-1:30, closed Monday; Tax Collector: Tuesday and Thursday, 5-8, Wednesday, 9-12

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Manchester, NH Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Southern NH
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 4
State Senate District District 16
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 2, 31

Incorporated: 1763
Origin: First settled in 1748 as part of Chester, the town was originally called Charmingfare, probably because of its many parades, which are bridle paths winding through pleasant scenery. It was separated from Chester and named Candia in 1763 by Governor Benning Wentworth, possibly in memory of his sea travels as a Portsmouth trader following his graduation from Harvard in 1715. Candia was the name of the principal city of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. Candia was the birthplace of poet, librarian, journalist, and publisher Sam Walter Foss.
Villages and Place Names: Bean Island, Candia Four Corners, East Candia, Candia Station
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,040 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Candia totaled 2,020 over 50 years, from 1,997 in 1970 to 4,017 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Candia was 4,147 residents, which ranked 93rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 136.7 persons per square mile of land area. Candia contains 30.3 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2022 $3,621,016
Budget: School Appropriations, 2022-2023 $10,320,832
Zoning Ordinance 1960/31
Master Plan 2016
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget
Appointed:Conservation; Zoning; Heritage
Public Library Smyth Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Elliot Hospital, Manchester 10 miles 292
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester 12 miles 262

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
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
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.30
2022 Equalization Ratio 69.6
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.94
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings92.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings5.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.0%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,589
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,529
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 18
Five or More Units in Structure 10
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 32
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 4,147 319,424
2020 4,013 314,176
2010 3,909 295,223
2000 3,939 278,748
1990 3,575 246,744
1980 2,989 190,345
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   2,080 Female:   1,942
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 240
Age 5 to 19 347
Age 20 to 34 803
Age 35 to 54 1,095
Age 55 to 64 800
Age 65 and over 737
Median Age 48.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 3,130
High school graduate or higher 94.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 24.4%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $46,775
Median family income $120,149
Median household income $106,626
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $54,188
Female $41,118
Individuals below the poverty level 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 2,396 2,519
Employed 2,281 2,465
Unemployed 115 54
Unemployment Rate 4.8% 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 205 319
Average Weekly Wage $1,028 $1,435
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 386 535
Average Weekly Wage $631 $765
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 591 854
Average Weekly Wage $769 $1,015
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 121 108
Average Weekly Wage $764 $871
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 712 962
Average Weekly Wage $768 $999

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Candia operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Manchester SAU 15
Career Technology Center(s): Manchester School of Technology; Pinkerton Academy Center for CTE; Salem HS Career & Technical Ed Ctr
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 273 45
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 126
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: UNH-Manchester; MCPHS; St. Anselm; Southern NH University

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
High Speed Technologies Service, calibration, electric motors 30 1995
ATS Equipment Light & heavy equipment rental 25 1992
Severino Construction Construction 75 1978
CoPart's On-Line auto auction
Precision Auto Body Auto body repair
Candia Springs Adventure Park Water park, adventure course, ziplines

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 27, 43, 101
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 7
Distance 8 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Manchester-Boston RegionalRunway9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 15 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 12 miles
Portland, ME 89 miles
Boston, MA 59 miles
New York City, NY 258 miles
Montreal, Quebec 266 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 2,398
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.8%
Public transportation 0.7%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 0.5%
Worked at home 9.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 16.6%
Commuting to another NH community 74.5%
Commuting out-of-state 8.9%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
X 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 Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre
Other: Charmingfare Farm; Abe Emerson Wildlife Sanctuary

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 7/3/23

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