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Epsom, NH

epsom New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Epsom
Board of Selectmen
1598 Dover Road
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/Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, 8-1 and 4-6, Tuesday, 10-3, Thursday and Friday, 8-3, closed Wednesday

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 District 2
Executive Council District District 4
State Senate District District 17
State Representative Merrimack County Districts 14, 27

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 for Epsom totaled 3,404 over 50 years, from 1,469 in 1970 to 4,873 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Epsom was 4,942 residents, which ranked 76th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 143.3 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, 2022 $5,338,743
Budget: School Appropriations, 2022-2023 $12,723,077
Zoning Ordinance 1965/22
Master Plan 2015
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Road Agent; Moderator; Town Clerk; Tax Collector; Trusteees of Trust Funds; Welfare Director; Cemetery
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Library; Emergency Management; Parks & Recreation
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 236

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop; Unitil; 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 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) $23.84
2022 Equalization Ratio 74.8
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.76
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings84.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings13.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.8%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,853
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,386
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 112
Five or More Units in Structure 48
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 307
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 4,942 156,020
2020 4,834 153,808
2010 4,566 146,445
2000 4,051 136,716
1990 3,547 120,618
1980 2,743 98,302
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   2,438 Female:   2,405
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 217
Age 5 to 19 944
Age 20 to 34 823
Age 35 to 54 1,268
Age 55 to 64 757
Age 65 and over 834
Median Age 44.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 3,453
High school graduate or higher 91.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 39.4%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $38,831
Median family income $110,139
Median household income $96,607
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $61,793
Female $49,949
Individuals below the poverty level 4.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 2,913 2,942
Employed 2,772 2,880
Unemployed 141 62
Unemployment Rate 4.8% 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 172 200
Average Weekly Wage $1,028 $1,386
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 805 925
Average Weekly Wage $629 $983
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 977 1,125
Average Weekly Wage $699 $1,055
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 126 161
Average Weekly Wage $694 $815
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,103 1,286
Average Weekly Wage $699 $1,025

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
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 392
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 5 Total Capacity: 373
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; UNH School of Law; Granite State; Southern NH University; UNH Manchester; Franklin Pierce-Manchester; MCPHS

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
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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 2,507
Drove alone, car/truck/van 87.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.5%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 0.9%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 8.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 17.0%
Commuting to another NH community 79.3%
Commuting out-of-state 3.7%
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
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 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, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/6/23

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