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Epping, NH

epping New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Epping
Gregory C. Dodge, Town Administrator
157 Main Street
Epping, NH 03042
Telephone (603) 679-5441
Fax (603) 679-3002
E-mail administrator@townofepping.com
Web Site www.townofepping.com

Municipal Office Hours Town Hall: Monday to Friday, 8-4; Selectmen: Monday to Thursday, 8-4, Friday, 8-12; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday to Thursday, 8:30-3:30, Friday, 8:30-2:30

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 District 5

Incorporated: 1741
Origin: This was one of the last towns chartered by Massachusetts Governor Jonathan Belcher prior to the establishment of New Hampshire as an independent province. Once a parish of Exeter, Epping was incorporated as a separate town in 1741. It was probably named for Epping Forest, a suburb of London used by royalty for deer hunting, which was likely familiar to Governor Belcher. Epping was the home of three of New Hampshire's governors: William Plumer (1759-1850), David Morril (1772-1849), and Benjamin Franklin Prescott (1833-1895).
Villages and Place Names: Camp Hedding, Martin Crossing, North Epping, West Epping
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,233 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Epping totaled 4,774 over 50 years, from 2,356 in 1970 to 7,130 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Epping was 7,443 residents, which ranked 44th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 285.4 persons per square mile of land area. Epping contains 26.1 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen/SB 2 Voting
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2021 $10,509,997
Budget: School Appropriations, 2021-2022 $13,571,957
Zoning Ordinance 1968/21
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Cemetery; Budget; Trust Funds; Water & Sewer
Appointed:Conservation; Recreation
Public Library Harvey-Mitchell Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full & part-time
Emergency Medical Service Full & part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 10 miles 99

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Epping Water Department
Sanitation Epping Sewer
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
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
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.49
2022 Equalization Ratio 69.3
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.47
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings79.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings18.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.9%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,920
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,387
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 133
Five or More Units in Structure 168
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 232
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 7,443 319,424
2020 7,125 314,176
2010 6,411 295,223
2000 5,549 278,748
1990 5,267 246,744
1980 3,460 190,345
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   3,736 Female:   3,341
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 420
Age 5 to 19 1,076
Age 20 to 34 1,067
Age 35 to 54 1,921
Age 55 to 64 1,184
Age 65 and over 1,409
Median Age 45.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 5,456
High school graduate or higher 92.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 29.7%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $42,556
Median family income $108,058
Median household income $88,671
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $65,473
Female $44,471
Individuals below the poverty level 6.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 3,879 4,317
Employed 3,628 4,198
Unemployed 251 119
Unemployment Rate 6.5% 2.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 120 158
Average Weekly Wage $808 $1,307
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 2,105 2,790
Average Weekly Wage $561 $762
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,225 2,947
Average Weekly Wage $574 $791
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 359 364
Average Weekly Wage $808 $1,051
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 2,583 3,312
Average Weekly Wage $606 $819

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Epping operates grades K-12 SAU 14
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 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 456 185 241
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 6 Total Capacity: 211
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Wal-Mart Retail store, supermarket 270 2002
Epping Elementary and High Schools Education 220 1800s
McDonald's Fast food restaurant 65
Errco Demolition recycling 30
Burger King Fast food restaurant 25
Lowe's Home improvement center 135 2005
Abenaki Timber Lumber, timber 16
Market Basket Supermarket 400 2010
Wendy's Fast food restaurant 22 2005

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 27, 101, 125
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exit 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 27 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 23 miles
Portland, ME 74 miles
Boston, MA 60 miles
New York City, NY 256 miles
Montreal, Quebec 278 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 3,881
Drove alone, car/truck/van 75.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.2%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.9%
Other Means 1.8%
Worked at home 13.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 21.1%
Commuting to another NH community 68.2%
Commuting out-of-state 10.7%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X 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 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: Two race tracks

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/1/23

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