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Northwood, NH

northwood New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Northwood
Kathryn Lafond, Town Administrator
818 First NH Turnpike
Northwood, NH 03261
Telephone (603) 942-5586 x204
Fax (603) 942-9107
E-mail klafond@northwoodnh.org
Web Site www.northwoodnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Hall, Selectmen Office: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, Tuesday, 10 am - 7 pm, last Saturday, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Raymond, NH LMA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 4
State Senate District 17
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 1, 32

Incorporated: 1773
Origin: This territory was first settled in 1763, and known as the North Woods, a parish of Nottingham. It was incorporated as a separate town upon agreement with Nottingham in 1773. In 1791, the General Court of New Hampshire authorized a committee to survey and lay out a road between Durham and Concord, which became the First New Hampshire Turnpike. The road runs the length of Northwood, and the town's many taverns accommodated travelers. At one time, there were some 12 sawmills in the town, five of which were replaced by shoe factories.
Villages and Place Names: Northwood Center, Northwood Narrows, Northwood Ridge
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 744 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Northwood totaled 3,255 over 57 years, from 1,034 in 1960 to 4,289 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a 47 percent increase between 1960 to 1970, followed by increases of 43 and 44 percent, respectively over the next two decades. The 2017 Census estimate for Northwood was 4,289 residents, which ranked 89th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 152.5 persons per square mile of land area. Northwood contains 28.1 square miles of land area and 2.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $4,095,307
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $11,414,643
Zoning Ordinance 1968/17
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Cemetery; Library; Police; Trust Funds
Appointed:Conservation; Cable; Emergency Management; Highway; Recreation
Public Library Chesley Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full & part-time
Emergency Medical Service Full & part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 17 miles 96
Concord Hospital, Concord 20 miles 242

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Northwood Ridge Water District; Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint; Metrocast
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) $25.32
2017 Equalization Ratio 88.8
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.20
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings86.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings13.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.6%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,098
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,642
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 37
Five or More Units in Structure 60
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 359
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 4,289 306,363
2010 4,241 295,223
2000 3,656 278,748
1990 3,127 246,744
1980 2,175 190,345
1970 1,525 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   2,200 Female:   2,082
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 290
Age 5 to 19 674
Age 20 to 34 662
Age 35 to 54 1,326
Age 55 to 64 647
Age 65 and over 683
Median Age 42.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 34.7%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $36,565
Median family income $92,237
Median household income $86,910
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $58,625
Female $41,786
Individuals below the poverty level 8.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 2,334 2,572
Employed 2,251 2,513
Unemployed 83 59
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 2.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $205 $201
Average Weekly Wage $767 $798
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $620 $668
Average Weekly Wage $628 $741
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $825 $868
Average Weekly Wage $662 $754
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $194 $178
Average Weekly Wage $580 $708
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $1,019 $1,046
Average Weekly Wage $647 $746

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Northwood operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Coe-Brown Academy (Northwood) SAU 44
Career Technology Center(s): Dover Career Technical Center; R.W. Creteau Regional Technology Ctr.; Somersworth Career Technical Center Region: 12
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 381 715
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 77
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Hannaford Supermarket 50 2003
Johnson's Seafood & Steak Restaurant 30
DR Dimes Reproduction furniture 30 1964
Harding Metals Scrap metal recycling 30 1963
Northwood Power Equipment Power equipment dealer 17 2000
Solid Creations Counter top mfg 25
New England Signal Systems Traffic signal equipment 10
Cooper Hill Pizza Restaurant 20
Meyer Family Dentistry Dental care 17
Northwood Veterinary Hospital Pet health care 11

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 4, 202
State Routes 9, 152, 202A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 15; I-95, Exit 5
Distance 18 miles, 26 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Concord MunicipalRunway6,005 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 30 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 29 miles
Portland, ME 78 miles
Boston, MA 76 miles
New York City, NY 279 miles
Montreal, Quebec 265 miles

(ACS 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 85.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.0%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 3.9%
Other Means 0.2%
Worked at home 5.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 38.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 19.1%
Commuting to another NH community 69.6%
Commuting out-of-state 11.3%
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
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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pats's Peak, Ragged, Gunstock Mountains
Other: Northwood Meadows State Park; Antiques

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

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