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Hampton Falls, NH

hamptonfalls New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Hampton Falls
Lori Ruest, Town Administrator
1 Drinkwater Road
Hampton Falls, NH 03844
Telephone (603) 926-4618
Fax (603) 926-1848
E-mail townadministrator@hamptonfalls.org
Web Site www.hamptonfalls.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon, 1 pm - 3 pm; Building Inspector: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Coastal Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 3
State Senate District District 24
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 20, 37

Incorporated: 1726
Origin: First established as a parish of Hampton, this town received its grant as an independent town in 1726 following a petition to the legislature. Located on the Taylor River, Hampton Falls provided water power for Weare's mills. Meshech Weare, a descendant of the mill owners, was New Hampshire's first president, later called governor, in 1776. Hampton Falls was the birthplace of Ralph Adams Cram, a well-known architect, who designed the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York and chapels at West Point and Exeter Academy.
Villages and Place Names: Nason Corners, Sanborn Corners, Town Hall Corner, Fogg's Corner; Brimstone Hill (The Common)
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 541 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Hampton Falls totaled 1,160 over 49 years, from 1,254 in 1970 to 2,414 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 29 percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2019 Census estimate for Hampton Falls was 2,414 residents, which ranked 126th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 194.8 persons per square mile of land area. Hampton Falls contains 12.4 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Town Meeting/SB 2
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $3,158,696
Budget: School Appropriations, 2019-2020 $8,305,654
Zoning Ordinance 1953/20
Master Plan 2019
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Checklist; Moderator; Town Clerk/Tax Collector
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Highway Safety; Recreation; Tax Collector; Treasurer
Public Library Hampton Falls Free

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time officers & Sheriff's Dept
Fire Department Full-time Chief & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 6 miles 99

Electric Supplier Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Seabrook Water & private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint; Comcast
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.11
2019 Equalization Ratio 89.1
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.48
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings88.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings9.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.2%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 9,654
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 6,357
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1,194
Five or More Units in Structure 1,957
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 146
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 2,414 309,769
2010 2,236 295,223
2000 1,890 278,748
1990 1,467 246,744
1980 1,372 190,345
1970 1,254 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   7,583 Female:   7,884
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 407
Age 5 to 19 2,305
Age 20 to 34 2,038
Age 35 to 54 3,894
Age 55 to 64 3,067
Age 65 and over 3,756
Median Age 51.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 48.2%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $55,233
Median family income $111,773
Median household income $85,549
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $63,994
Female $56,741
Individuals below the poverty level 4.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 1,141 1,484
Employed 1,074 1,450
Unemployed 67 34
Unemployment Rate 5.9% 2.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 64 71
Average Weekly Wage $604 $907
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 255 360
Average Weekly Wage $650 $852
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 319 431
Average Weekly Wage $641 $861
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 97 101
Average Weekly Wage $755 $841
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 416 532
Average Weekly Wage $667 $857

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Hampton Falls operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are part of Winnacunnet Cooperative (Hampton, Hampton Falls, North Hampton, Seabrook) SAU 21
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 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-8 6-8
Total Enrollment 220 83
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 166
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Applecrest Orchards Apples, peaches, strawberries, blueberries 18 1920
Hampton Falls Motor Inn Motel 10 1985
Agway Farm, garden supplies 11 1974

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 1
State Routes 84, 88
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exit 1
Distance 3 miles
Railroad No
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 42 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 39 miles
Portland, ME 66 miles
Boston, MA 44 miles
New York City, NY 255 miles
Montreal, Quebec 294 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 85.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.1%
Public transportation 0.2%
Walked 1.5%
Other Means 6.5%
Worked at home 25.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 25.7%
Commuting to another NH community 49.3%
Commuting out-of-state 25.0%
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
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre
Other: Outdoor Ice Skating Rink

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 8/21/20

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