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Hampton, NH

hampton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Hampton
Frederick W. Welch, Town Manager
100 Winnacunnet Road
Hampton, NH 03842
Telephone (603) 929-5908
Fax (603) 926-6853
E-mail inquries@town.hampton.nh.us
Web Site https://hamptonnh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen, Town Manager, Administrative Assistant: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 5 pm, Friday, 8 am - 11:30 am; Tax Collector: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 5 pm, Friday, 8 am - 12 noon

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Portsmouth, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Coastal Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 3
State Senate District 24
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 21, 37

Incorporated: 1639
Origin: First called Winnacunnet, the Indian name for pleasant pines, Hampton was one of four original New Hampshire towns established by the Massachusetts government. In 1638, the area, which included land now in Seabrook, Kensington, Danville, Kingston, East Kingston, Sandown, North Hampton, South Hampton, Hampton Falls, and Great Boar's Head, was settled by a group of parishioners led by Reverend Stephen Bachiler. The Reverend had previously preached in Hampton, England, and the town was incorporated as Hampton in 1639. Poet John Greenleaf Whittier was a direct descendant of Reverend Bachiler. Construction of the railroad in the 1850s made Hamptonís oceanfront a popular resort.
Villages and Place Names: Coffins Mill, Eastman Point, Elmwood Corners, Great Boars Head, Hampton Beach, Hampton Landing, North Beach, Plaice Cove, Smith Colony, The Five Corners, The Plantation, The Willows
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 853 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Hampton totaled 10,112 over 57 years, from 5,379 in 1960 to 15,491 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a 49 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. The 2017 Census estimate for Hampton was 15,491 residents, which ranked 17th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 1,125.8 persons per square mile of land area, the eighth highest among cities and towns. Hampton contains 13.8 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $44,704,297
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $20,635,850
Zoning Ordinance 1949/18
Master Plan 2009
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Budget; Checklist
Appointed:Conservation; Highway Safety; Leased Land Real Estate; Recreation; Cable TV; Mosquito Control
Public Library Lane Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 8 miles 99

Electric Supplier Unitil; Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier Aquarion Water Company NH
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
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) $16.37
2017 Equalization Ratio 92.9
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.02
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings86.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings11.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.0%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 9,777
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 6,590
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 939
Five or More Units in Structure 2,053
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 195
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 15,491 306,363
2010 15,430 295,223
2000 14,973 278,748
1990 12,324 246,744
1980 10,493 190,345
1970 8,011 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   7,154 Female:   8,168
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 389
Age 5 to 19 2,218
Age 20 to 34 1,989
Age 35 to 54 4,310
Age 55 to 64 2,913
Age 65 and over 3,503
Median Age 50.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 50.6%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $47,475
Median family income $102,163
Median household income $78,706
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $67,165
Female $46,905
Individuals below the poverty level 4.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 9,406 9,034
Employed 9,068 8,750
Unemployed 338 284
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 3.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $966 $965
Average Weekly Wage $932 $1,253
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $4,033 $3,739
Average Weekly Wage $1,697 $1,009
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $4,999 $4,704
Average Weekly Wage $1,549 $1,059
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $1,095 $990
Average Weekly Wage $766 $935
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $6,094 $5,693
Average Weekly Wage $1,408 $1,037

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Hampton operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are part of Winnacunnet Cooperative (Hampton, Hampton Falls, North Hampton, Seabrook) SAU 21; 90
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 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 664 411 1,051 166
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 7 Total Capacity: 335
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Foss Manufacturing Co. of NH Auto, marine carpet 201 1954
Brazonics Electroplating 200 1996
QA Tech Co., Inc. Spring contact probes 25 1983
Unitil Electric utility 1908
Waste Management Inc. Waste management service 338 1985
Wheelabrator Technologies Inc Renewable energy generating Co 850 1985
Sleep Net Sleep apnea products 40 1990
Aquarion Water Company of NH Water supplier 11 1857

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 1
State Routes 1A, 27, 101E, 151
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exit 2
Distance Local access
Railroad Guilford Rail Service
Public Transportation No
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 39 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 38 miles
Portland, ME 65 miles
Boston, MA 46 miles
New York City, NY 257 miles
Montreal, Quebec 293 miles

(ACS 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.1%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 1.5%
Other Means 1.8%
Worked at home 5.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 26.0%
Commuting to another NH community 48.4%
Commuting out-of-state 25.6%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
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
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre, Bradford (MA)
Other: Indoor Soccer Arena; Hampton Beach State Park; Hampton State Pier; Annual Seafood Festival; Easter Egg Hunt; Fishing Derby; Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting; Memorial Day Parade; Competitive Running Events; Indoor Basketball; Skate Park Town; Outdoor Roller Skating Rink; Miniture Golf

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2019. Community Response Received 5/29/18

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