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Kensington, NH

kensington New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Kensington
Board of Selectmen
95 Amesbury Road
Kensington, NH 03833
Telephone (603) 772-5423
Fax (603) 772-6841
E-mail kensington@kensingtontown.com
Web Site www.town.kensington.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator: Monday to Thursday, 8:30-1:30; Town Clerk: Wednesday, 4-8, Thursday, 9-5, Friday, 9-1; Tax Collector: Monday and Thursday, 9-1, Wednesday, 9-1 and 6:30-8

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 23
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 19, 36

Incorporated: 1737
Origin: This town was once a parish of Hampton, and was incorporated in 1737 by Governor Jonathan Belcher of Massachusetts when New Hampshire was still part of that province. Of the 27 towns granted by Governor Belcher, only three were given names: Arlington, Peterborough, and Kensington, which was named for Edward Rich, Earl of Holland and Baron Kensington. England's Kensington, now a suburb of London, is the location of Kensington Palace, known for its beautiful public gardens. The palace was the birthplace of Queen Victoria, and the London home of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Villages and Place Names: Austin Corners, Brick School Corner, Eastman Corners, Five Corners, Lamprey Corners, Prescott Corner
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 800 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Kensington totaled 1,053 over 50 years, from 1,044 in 1970 to 2,097 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Kensington was 2,093 residents, which ranked 137th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 174.7 persons per square mile of land area. Kensington contains 12.0 square miles of land area and 0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2022 $2,327,010
Budget: School Appropriations, 2021-2022 $3,570,952
Zoning Ordinance 1959/21
Master Plan 2011
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By GKG Planning LLC
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Checklist; Trust Funds; Cemetery; Grange Hall; Town Clerk; Tax Collector; Sawyer/Kensington Trust
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Recreation; Building Safety; Heritage Commission; Energy Committee
Public Library Kensington Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 4 miles 99

Electric Supplier Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications; Comcast
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.86
2022 Equalization Ratio 68.2
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.36
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings91.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.7%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 762
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 705
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 34
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 23
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 2,093 319,424
2020 2,095 314,176
2010 2,124 295,223
2000 1,902 278,748
1990 1,318 246,744
1980 1,332 190,345
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   877 Female:   1,076
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 103
Age 5 to 19 321
Age 20 to 34 237
Age 35 to 54 561
Age 55 to 64 345
Age 65 and over 386
Median Age 48.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 1,452
High school graduate or higher 98.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 49.0%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $53,484
Median family income $120,000
Median household income $115,625
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $97,500
Female $58,958
Individuals below the poverty level 1.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 1,255 1,292
Employed 1,196 1,256
Unemployed 59 36
Unemployment Rate 4.7% 2.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 41 12
Average Weekly Wage $787 $1,509
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 190 268
Average Weekly Wage $842 $2,027
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 231 280
Average Weekly Wage $832 $2,004
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 66 67
Average Weekly Wage $650 $902
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 297 347
Average Weekly Wage $792 $1,791

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Kensington 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
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-5 9-12
Total Enrollment 136
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 20
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
James R. Rosencrantz & Son Farm, garden equipment 15+
CP Building Supply, Inc. Building supplies & equipment

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 84, 150
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exit 1
Distance 5 miles
Railroad Yes
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 36 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 36 miles
Portland, ME 68 miles
Boston, MA 44 miles
New York City, NY 255 miles
Montreal, Quebec 294 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 1,111
Drove alone, car/truck/van 80.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.1%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 0.5%
Other Means 1.0%
Worked at home 11.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 17.5%
Commuting to another NH community 59.9%
Commuting out-of-state 22.6%
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
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/5/23

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