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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 City Hall, Mayor, City Clerk: Mon to Fri, 8-5; Tax Collector: Mon to Fri, 8-4:45

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
State Senate District District 12 (Wards 1, 2, 5) and 13 (Wards 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9)
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 3 (Ward 4), 4 (Ward 2), 5 (Ward 1), 6 (Ward 3), 7 (Ward 7), 8 (Ward 6), 9 (Ward 5), 10 (Ward 9), 11 (Ward 8)

Incorporated: 1746
Origin: Originally part of a 1673 grant to Edward Tyng of Dunstable, England, the 200 square mile area, called Dunstable, included Nashua, Tyngsboro MA, and all or part of ten other towns. In 1741, Dunstable was cut in half when the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border was established. The northern half kept the name Dunstable. In 1836, the town took the name of the Nashua River. Nashua was incorporated as a city in 1853. Nashua became a manufacturing center, powered by the Middlesex Canal which connected the Merrimack River to Boston.
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: Population change for Nashua, including resident students, totaled 35,585 over 50 years, from 55,820 in 1970 to 91,405 in 2020, the largest 50-year numeric change among the cities and towns. The 2022 Census estimate for Nashua was 91,161 residents, which ranked second among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 2,964.6 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, 2024 $143,025,561
Budget: School Appropriations, 2023-2024 $173,664,951
Zoning Ordinance 1930/10
Master Plan 2021
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 163
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua Local 159

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 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
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.07
2022 Equalization Ratio 90.8
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $16.09
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings69.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings27.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.2%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 38,664
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 18,914
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 6,057
Five or More Units in Structure 12,724
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 969
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 91,161 426,594
2020 91,322 422,937
2010 86,494 400,721
2000 86,782 382,384
1990 79,937 336,549
1980 67,865 276,608
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   45,900 Female:   44,759
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 4,947
Age 5 to 19 14,447
Age 20 to 34 20,778
Age 35 to 54 23,027
Age 55 to 64 12,734
Age 65 and over 14,726
Median Age 39.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 65,209
High school graduate or higher 91.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 40.0%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $43,262
Median family income $100,087
Median household income $78,501
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $64,855
Female $52,653
Individuals below the poverty level 8.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 48,571 50,743
Employed 45,502 49,282
Unemployed 3,069 1,461
Unemployment Rate 6.3% 2.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 7,820 7,940
Average Weekly Wage $1,695 $2,125
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 37,489 36,653
Average Weekly Wage $910 $1,345
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 45,308 44,592
Average Weekly Wage $1,046 $1,484
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 4,565 4,662
Average Weekly Wage $1,149 $1,445
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 49,873 49,254
Average Weekly Wage $1,055 $1,481

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
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 16 4 3 8
Grade Levels P K 1-8 6-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 4,893 2,335 3,525 1,951
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 41 Total Capacity: 3,131
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Rivier; St. Anselm; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester; MCPHS; Franklin Pierce-Manchester; Thomas More

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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 49,352
Drove alone, car/truck/van 76.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.1%
Public transportation 2.1%
Walked 2.0%
Other Means 0.8%
Worked at home 9.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 44.1%
Commuting to another NH community 31.9%
Commuting out-of-state 24.0%
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 Tourist 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, October 2023. Community Response Received 8/10/23

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