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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, Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 8 am - 1 pm, 4 pm - 6 pm, Tuesday, 10 am - 3 pm, Thursday, Friday, 8 am - 3 pm

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 in Epsom totaled 2,173 over 41 years, from 2,743 in 1980 to 4,916 in 2021. The largest decennial percent change was a 29 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2021 Census estimate for Epsom was 4,916 residents, which ranked 75th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 142.6 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 1965/20
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 245

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 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
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.64
2021 Equalization Ratio 78.7
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.50
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings85.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings13.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.9%

(ACS 2016-2020) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,903
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,424
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 122
Five or More Units in Structure 49
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 308
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2021 4,916 155,238
2020 4,875 153,922
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) 2016-2020
Population by Gender
Male:   2,346 Female:   2,421
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 226
Age 5 to 19 849
Age 20 to 34 920
Age 35 to 54 1,324
Age 55 to 64 651
Age 65 and over 797
Median Age 43.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 90.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 38.4%

(ACS 2016-2020) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $40,022
Median family income $108,696
Median household income $96,840
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $62,863
Female $47,398
Individuals below the poverty level 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 2,899 2,895
Employed 2,763 2,805
Unemployed 136 90
Unemployment Rate 4.7% 3.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 175 187
Average Weekly Wage $1,261 $1,190
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 665 900
Average Weekly Wage $589 $941
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 840 1,087
Average Weekly Wage $729 $984
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 125 162
Average Weekly Wage $698 $768
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 965 1,250
Average Weekly Wage $725 $956

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
Total Enrollment 375
2021 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 5 Total Capacity: 340
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 2016-2020) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 88.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.6%
Public transportation 0.1%
Walked 0.5%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 7.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2016-2020)
Working in community of residence 54.5%
Commuting to another NH community 43.2%
Commuting out-of-state 2.3%
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, 2021. Community Response Received 5/25/22

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