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Epsom, NH

epsom New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Epsom
Board of Selectmen
PO Box 10
Epsom, NH 03234-0010
Telephone (603) 736-9002
Fax (603) 736-8539
E-mail epsomtown@metrocast.net
Web Site www.epsomnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, 10 am - 6 pm, Tuesday, 10 am - 3 pm, Wednesday, 8 am - 1 pm, Thursday, Friday, 8 am - 3 pm, second and last Saturday, 8 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 8 am - 1 pm, 4 pm - 6 pm, Tuesday, 10 am - 3 pm, Thursday, Friday, 8 am - 3 pm, last Saturday, 8 am - 12 noon

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Concord, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Central NH Regional
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 4
State Senate District 17
State Representative Merrimack County Districts 21, 29

Incorporated: 1727
Origin: Epsom was one of seven towns chartered by Massachusetts authorities in 1727 long before New Hampshire became an independent province, when John Wentworth was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. The name most likely came from Epsom, England, home of the Earl of Derby, who had established horse racing stables there at about the same time the town was chartered. Epsom Downs became famous for its Derby horse race. England's Epsom was also known for the curative value of its mineral springs, the source of Epsom salts.
Villages and Place Names: Epsom Circle, Gossville, New Rye, Short Falls, Epsom Four Corners
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 799 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change in Epsom totaled 3,690 over 57 years, from 1,002 in 1960 to 4,692 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was an 87 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2017 Census estimate for Epsom was 4,692 residents, which ranked 76th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 136.1 persons per square mile of land area. Epsom contains 34.5 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $4,880,182
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $10,900,834
Zoning Ordinance 1965/18
Master Plan 2015
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Road Agent
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Library
Public Library Epsom Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 13 miles 242

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop; Concord Elec; Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Epsom Village District
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint; Chichester
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.67
2017 Equalization Ratio 91.8
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.62
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings84.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings13.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.4%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,965
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,399
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 127
Five or More Units in Structure 89
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 350
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 4,692 149,216
2010 4,566 146,445
2000 4,051 136,716
1990 3,547 120,618
1980 2,743 98,302
1970 1,469 80,925
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   2,385 Female:   2,267
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 188
Age 5 to 19 787
Age 20 to 34 685
Age 35 to 54 1,408
Age 55 to 64 777
Age 65 and over 807
Median Age 45.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 24.7%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $38,358
Median family income $90,516
Median household income $67,008
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $55,203
Female $46,736
Individuals below the poverty level 3.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 2,495 2,904
Employed 2,409 2,843
Unemployed 86 61
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $162 $165
Average Weekly Wage $894 $1,095
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $709 $842
Average Weekly Wage $499 $716
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $871 $1,008
Average Weekly Wage $573 $778
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $135 $130
Average Weekly Wage $568 $794
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $1,005 $1,138
Average Weekly Wage $572 $780

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Epsom operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Pembroke SAU 53
Career Technology Center(s): Concord Regional Technical Center Region: 11
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 430
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 154
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; UNH School of Law

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Epsom Health Limited Partnership Nursing, retirement homes 100 1994
McDonald's Fast food restaurant 50
Wendy's Fast food restaurant 30 1995
Beaumac Co., Inc. Engineering, machining 21 1967
Newstress International, Inc. Precast concrete structures 15 1978
Dunkin' Donuts Donut shop 15 1990
Tim's Truck Capital & Auto Sales, Inc. Sales & service
Care Pharmacy of Epsom Pharmacy 8
TD Bank Banking services 7

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 4, 202
State Routes 9, 28, 107
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-393, Exit 3; I-93, Exit 15
Distance 7 miles; 11 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Concord MunicipalRunway6,005 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 21 miles
Portland, ME 86 miles
Boston, MA 71 miles
New York City, NY 271 miles
Montreal, Quebec 257 miles

(ACS 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.7%
Public transportation 1.3%
Walked 1.1%
Other Means 1.5%
Worked at home 5.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 16.7%
Commuting to another NH community 77.7%
Commuting out-of-state 5.6%
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
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists 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 Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak, Gunstock
Other: Popple Island Wildlife Sanctuary

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2019. Community Response Received 5/29/18

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