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Exeter, NH

exeter New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Exeter
Dave Sharples, Town Planner
10 Front Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Telephone (603) 778-0591
Fax (603) 772-4709
E-mail sriffle@exeternh.gov
Web Site http://exeternh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:15 am - 4 pm, Tuesday, 8:15 am - 7 pm, Friday, 8:15 am - 12:30 pm; Tax Collector: Monday through Friday, 8:15 am - 4 pm

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 Districts 18, 36

Incorporated: 1638
Origin: Exeter was one of the four original towns established in New Hampshire, and was first settled in 1638 as Squamscott. It was given the name Exeter by the settlement's managers, known as the Exeter Combination. The riverside location of the town made it a shipbuilding center and West Indies trading port. Exeter's charter included the present-day towns of Epping, Newmarket, Newfields, and Brentwood. Exeter was the birthplace of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the figure of Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. Both the Phillips Exeter Academy, endowed by Colonel John Phillips in 1781, and the American Independence Museum are located in Exeter.
Villages and Place Names: Dows Corner, Gooch Corner, Haynes Corner, Jady Hill, Perkins Hill
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,722 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Exeter totaled 6,421 over 49 years, from 8,892 in 1970 to 15,313 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 24 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, following a 23 percent increase the previous decade. The 2019 Census estimate for Exeter was 15,313 residents, which ranked 19th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 774.9 persons per square mile of land area. Exeter contains 19.8 square miles of land area and 0.3 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $27,468,809
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $39,753,068
Zoning Ordinance 1973/18
Master Plan 2018
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Swasey; Trust Funds
Appointed:Please visit http://exeternh.gov for a list of boards & committees to which citizens may be appointed.
Public Library Exeter Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter Local 99

Electric Supplier Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier Town of Exeter/private wells
Sanitation Municipal/private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal/Contract
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramYes
Telephone Company Fairpoint; Comcast
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.27
2019 Equalization Ratio 93.1
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.89
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings75.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings23.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.8%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 7,013
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,467
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 723
Five or More Units in Structure 1,850
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 973
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 15,313 309,769
2010 14,306 295,223
2000 14,098 278,748
1990 12,654 246,744
1980 11,024 190,345
1970 8,892 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   6,903 Female:   8,174
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 645
Age 5 to 19 2,526
Age 20 to 34 2,295
Age 35 to 54 4,044
Age 55 to 64 2,118
Age 65 and over 3,449
Median Age 47.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 48.3%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $50,642
Median family income $104,573
Median household income $77,120
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $70,839
Female $53,871
Individuals below the poverty level 5.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 7,947 8,877
Employed 7,447 8,668
Unemployed 500 209
Unemployment Rate 6.3% 2.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,189 1,273
Average Weekly Wage $1,114 $1,360
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 7,369 8,815
Average Weekly Wage $855 $1,218
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 8,558 10,088
Average Weekly Wage $891 $1,236
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 907 981
Average Weekly Wage $856 $1,029
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 9,465 11,069
Average Weekly Wage $888 $1,218

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Exeter operates grades K-5; grades 6-12 are part of Exeter Region Cooperative (Brentwood, East Kingston, Kensington, Newfields, Stratham, Exeter) SAU 16
Career Technology Center(s): Seacoast School of Technology Region: 18
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 2 3 2
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12 PG
Total Enrollment 974 81 2,011 1,207
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 10 Total Capacity: 693
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Exeter Hospital Health care services 900 1897
Philips Exeter Academy Education 520 1781
Osram Sylvania Electronics 318 1965
Town of Exeter Municipal services 150 1638
Riverwoods at Exeter Elderly housing, health care 500 1994
Sigarms Handguns 200 1989
Cobham Electronics 370 1988
Vapotherm Medical device manufacturer 121 1999

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 27, 85, 88, 101, 108, 111, 111A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exit 2
Distance 6 miles
Railroad Amtrak Downeaster
Public Transportation COAST
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 33 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 31 miles
Portland, ME 68 miles
Boston, MA 52 miles
New York City, NY 263 miles
Montreal, Quebec 285 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.5%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 3.9%
Other Means 8.5%
Worked at home 15.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 33.5%
Commuting to another NH community 51.3%
Commuting out-of-state 15.2%
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
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Performing Arts Facilities
X 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
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
Other: Walking Trails

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 6/18/18

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