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Hampstead, NH

hampstead New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Hampstead Board of Selectmen
Sally Theriault, CPM, Administrative Assistant
11 Main Street
Hampstead, NH 03841
Telephone (603) 329-4100 x100
Fax (603) 329-6628
E-mail sally.theriault@comcast.net
Web Site www.hampsteadnh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday, 7 am - 7 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 7 am - 4 pm, Friday, 7 am - 12 noon

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division
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 19
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 13, 34

Incorporated: 1749
Origin: Hampstead began as a part of Haverhill and Amesbury, Massachusetts, and was formed as a result of the 1739 change in boundary lines between Massachusetts and the new province of New Hampshire. It was originally known as Timberlane Parish, because of the heavy growth of native trees. In 1749, residents of the area voted to petition the governor for incorporation. Governor Benning Wentworth named the town Hampstead, after the English town where William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, lived. Pitt, a close friend of Governor Wentworth, was Prime Minister of England, and a supporter of the American cause.
Villages and Place Names: East Hampstead, West Hampstead
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 724 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Hampstead totaled 7,396 over 58 years, from 1,261 in 1960 to 8,657 in 2018. The largest decennial percent change was a 90 percent increase between 1960 and 1970; an 81 percent increase occurred between 1980 and 1990. The 2018 Census estimate for Hampstead was 8,657 residents, which ranked 36th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 645.6 persons per square mile of land area. Hampstead contains 13.4 square miles of land area and 0.7 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2019 $6,668,467
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $27,801,104
Zoning Ordinance 1952/12
Master Plan 2018
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery; Budget; School; Trust Funds
Appointed:Conservation; Zoning; Cable TV; Historic; Recreation; Recycling-Waste Disposal
Public Library Hampstead Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time & part-time
Fire Department Full & part-time
Emergency Medical Service Full & part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Parkland Medical Center, Derry 9 miles 86

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Hampstead Area Water Company
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
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
2018 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.64
2018 Equalization Ratio 82.3
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.19
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings87.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings12.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.5%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,747
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,747
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 327
Five or More Units in Structure 457
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 216
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 8,657 309,176
2010 8,523 295,223
2000 8,305 278,748
1990 6,848 246,744
1980 3,785 190,345
1970 2,401 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   4,214 Female:   4,411
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 336
Age 5 to 19 1,627
Age 20 to 34 1,508
Age 35 to 54 2,061
Age 55 to 64 1,521
Age 65 and over 1,572
Median Age 44.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 42.9%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $46,028
Median family income $111,419
Median household income $89,688
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $83,813
Female $51,027
Individuals below the poverty level 6.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 4,838 5,069
Employed 4,600 4,921
Unemployed 238 148
Unemployment Rate 4.9% 2.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $581 $404
Average Weekly Wage $903 $1,037
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $1,693 $1,756
Average Weekly Wage $618 $770
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $2,274 $2,160
Average Weekly Wage $691 $820
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $93 $112
Average Weekly Wage $545 $681
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $2,367 $2,272
Average Weekly Wage $685 $813

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Hampstead operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Pinkerton Academy (Derry) SAU 55
Career Technology Center(s): Pinkerton Academy Center for CTE Region: 17
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 468 382 23
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 7 Total Capacity: 394
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Hampstead Hospital Psychiatric care, services 130 1975
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket
East Coast Lumber Lumber sales 35 1976
Walgreens Pharmacy 2008

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 111, 121, 121A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 3
Distance 8 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation CART
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Lawrence (MA) MunicipalRunway5,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 17 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 27 miles
Portland, ME 87 miles
Boston, MA 43 miles
New York City, NY 245 miles
Montreal, Quebec 281 miles

(ACS 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.2%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 0.6%
Other Means 8.3%
Worked at home 7.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 18.3%
Commuting to another NH community 45.9%
Commuting out-of-state 35.8%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
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
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre
Other: Walking Trail System

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2020. Community Response Received 6/17/19

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