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Nashua, NH

nashua New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact City of Nashua
Timothy Cummings, Econ Dev Director
229 Main Street, PO Box 2019
Nashua, NH 03061-2019
Telephone (603) 589-3072
Fax (603) 594-3450
E-mail cummingst@nashuanh.gov
Web Site www.nashuanh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Nashua Regional
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2 (All Wards)
Executive Council District District 5 (All Wards)
State Senate District District 12 (Wards 1, 2, & 5) and 13 (Wards 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, & 9)
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 28 (Ward 1) 29 (Ward 2) 30 (Ward 3) 31 (Ward 4) 32 (Ward 5) 33 (Ward 6) 34 (Ward 7) 35 (Ward 8) 36 (Ward 9)

Incorporated: 1746
Villages and Place Names: Nashville Historic District, French Hill, Crown Hill, North End.
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 632 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Nashua ranked first in numeric population change, totaling 50,150 over 58 years, from 39,096 in 1960 to 89,246 in 2018. The largest decennial percent change was 43 percent between 1960 and 1970; the smallest, nine percent between 1990 and 2000. The 2018 Census estimate for Nashua was 89,246 residents, which ranked second among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 2,902.3 persons per square mile of land area, the second highest among the cities and towns. Nashua contains 30.8 square miles of land area and 1.0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Mayor & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2019 $262,656,954
Budget: School Appropriations, 2019 $146,672,680
Zoning Ordinance 1930/10
Master Plan 2001
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Aldermen; School; Public Works
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery; Zoning; Business & Industrial Development; Housing Authority
Public Library Nashua Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua Local 162
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua Local 135

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Pennichuck Water Works
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary - Curbside
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) $25.79
2018 Equalization Ratio 78.4
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.98
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings65.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings32.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.4%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 37,922
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 19,172
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 5,481
Five or More Units in Structure 12,412
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 857
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 89,246 415,247
2010 86,494 400,721
2000 86,782 382,384
1990 79,937 336,549
1980 67,865 276,608
1970 55,820 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   43,202 Female:   45,404
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 4,464
Age 5 to 19 14,669
Age 20 to 34 19,376
Age 35 to 54 23,725
Age 55 to 64 12,975
Age 65 and over 13,397
Median Age 39.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 90.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 35.8%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $38,435
Median family income $88,118
Median household income $73,022
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $62,689
Female $44,099
Individuals below the poverty level 9.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 49,275 50,296
Employed 47,283 48,827
Unemployed 1,992 1,469
Unemployment Rate 4.0% 2.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $8,729 $8,466
Average Weekly Wage $1,713 $1,868
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $37,217 $38,025
Average Weekly Wage $855 $1,031
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $45,946 $46,491
Average Weekly Wage $1,018 $1,183
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $4,668 $4,618
Average Weekly Wage $1,058 $1,258
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $50,614 $51,109
Average Weekly Wage $1,022 $1,190

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Nashua operates grades K-12 SAU 42
Career Technology Center(s): Milford HS & Applied Technology Center; Wilbur H. Palmer Career & Tech Ed Center (Hudson); Nashua Technology Center Region: 16
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 15 4 3 9
Grade Levels P K 1-8 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 5,413 2,706 3,789 1,876
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 49 Total Capacity: 3,227
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Daniel Webster; Rivier; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
BAE Systems North America Aerospace/electronics 3,200
Southern NH Medical Center Health care services 2,221
Nashua School District Education 1,590
St. Joseph Hospital & Trauma Center Health care services 1,247
City of Nashua Municipal services 805
Amphenol Backplane connection systems 478
US Post Office Postal services 423
Oracle Corporation Software 649
Federal Aviation Administration Air traffic control 495
Benchmark Electronics High tech manufacturing 405

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 101A, 111, 111A, 130, 101A Bypass
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exits 1 - 8; I-93, Exit 3; I-495 (MA), Exit 30A
Distance Local access; 11 miles; 10 miles
Railroad Guilford Rail Service
Public Transportation Nashua Citybus
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Boire Field, NashuaRunway6,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 18 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 20 miles
Portland, ME 106 miles
Boston, MA 43 miles
New York City, NY 233 miles
Montreal, Quebec 277 miles

(ACS 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 80.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.2%
Public transportation 2.1%
Walked 1.9%
Other Means 6.7%
Worked at home 5.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 40.9%
Commuting to another NH community 30.7%
Commuting out-of-state 28.4%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
X 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
X 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 Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak
Other: Holman Stadium; Holiday Stroll; Summer Fun Series; Indoor Skydiving; Nashua Municipal Airport; Tastes of Downtown Nashua; Farmer's Market; Skateboard parks; Indoor Surfing; Indoor Rock Climbing

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2020. Community Response Received 8/3/18

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