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Goffstown, NH

goffstown New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Goffstown Economic Development
Jo Ann Duffy, Planning & Economic Development Director
Town Hall, 16 Main Street
Goffstown, NH 03045
Telephone (603) 497-8990 x119
Fax (603) 497-8993
E-mail joann.duffy@goffstownnh.gov
Web Site www.goffstown.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Manchester, NH Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Southern NH
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 4
State Senate District 20
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 6, 39

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: This town started as a part of Massachusetts, and was known as Narragansett Number 4, Piscataquog Village, and then Shovestown before installation of the New Hampshire provincial government. In 1748, the area was granted to new settlers, including Colonel John Goffe. He had fought in the French and Indian Wars, worked for Governor Wentworth as a surveyor, and became judge of probate for Hillsborough County. Goffstown was officially named for Colonel Goffe when it was incorporated in 1761. The town includes the village of Grasmere, named for the English home of poets Wordsworth and Coleridge.
Villages and Place Names: Grasmere, Pinardville, Goffstown Village
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,275 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population in Goffstown had the 16th largest numeric change over 57 years, increasing by a total of 10,707, from 7,230 in 1960 to 17,937 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a 31 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2017 Census estimate for Goffstown was 17,937 residents, which ranked 14th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 483.0 persons per square mile of land area. Goffstown contains 37.1 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2017 $20,296,990
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $41,146,272
Zoning Ordinance 1961/15
Master Plan 2009
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Library; School; Zoning
Appointed:Conservation; Cemetery; Historic; Economic Development; Parks & Recreation
Public Library Goffstown Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Elliot Hospital, Manchester 10 miles 258
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester 8 miles 258

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Grasmere Water; Goffstown Village; Manchester Water
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
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) $27.42
2017 Equalization Ratio 86.4
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.73
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings86.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings10.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.3%

(ACS 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 6,466
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 4,814
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 735
Five or More Units in Structure 707
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 210
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 17,937 409,697
2010 17,651 400,721
2000 16,980 382,384
1990 14,769 336,549
1980 11,315 276,608
1970 9,284 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   8,388 Female:   9,500
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 964
Age 5 to 19 3,756
Age 20 to 34 3,156
Age 35 to 54 4,939
Age 55 to 64 2,333
Age 65 and over 2,740
Median Age 40.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 29.6%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $33,289
Median family income $87,098
Median household income $78,304
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $66,684
Female $47,040
Individuals below the poverty level 5.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 10,261 10,418
Employed 9,949 10,167
Unemployed 312 251
Unemployment Rate 3.0% 2.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $538 $444
Average Weekly Wage $847 $1,163
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $1,924 $1,580
Average Weekly Wage $497 $602
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $2,462 $2,024
Average Weekly Wage $573 $725
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $1,131 $1,214
Average Weekly Wage $667 $809
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $3,593 $3,238
Average Weekly Wage $603 $757

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Goffstown operates grades K-12 SAU 19
Career Technology Center(s): Concord Regional Technical Center; Manchester School of Technology Region: 11; 15
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 3 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 9-12 P K 1
Total Enrollment 845 840 1,114 21
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 18 Total Capacity: 688
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: St. Anselm; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Saint Anselm College Education 475 1889
Town of Goffstown Municipal services 125 1761
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 200 1993
Hillsborough County County services 70 1769
Northeast Sheet Metal, Inc. Sheet metal fabrication 100 1976
New Hampshire Steel Fabricators Steel Fabrication 40 1993
Happy House Amusement Arcade machines 35 1986
Goffstown School District Education 350 1769

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 13, 114
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-293, Exit 4
Distance 8 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Manchester-Boston RegionalRunway9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 13 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 9 miles
Portland, ME 107 miles
Boston, MA 61 miles
New York City, NY 257 miles
Montreal, Quebec 250 miles

(ACS 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 80.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.7%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 6.4%
Other Means 0.4%
Worked at home 7.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 25.2%
Commuting to another NH community 69.2%
Commuting out-of-state 5.6%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists 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): Pat's Peak, Crotched Mountain
Other: Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off & Regatta; Municipal Rail Trail; Uncanoonuc Mountain Hiking Trails

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security,December 2018. Community Response Received 6/13/17

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