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Pelham, NH

pelham New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Pelham Planning Department
Jeff Gowan, Planning Director
6 Village Green
Pelham, NH 03076
Telephone (603) 635-7811
Fax (603) 635-6954
E-mail planning@pelhamweb.com
Web Site www.pelhamweb.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: extended hours Tuesday, until 7 pm

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

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 3
State Senate District District 22
State Representative Hillsborough County District 37

Incorporated: 1746
Origin: This territory was settled in 1722, when it was a part of Old Dunstable, which included all or part of what is now 12 towns in two states. When the New Hampshire-Massachusetts boundary line was set in 1741, Old Dunstable was split in half, with the northern half retaining the name Dunstable. Pelham was incorporated in 1746 from parts of Dunstable and Dracut, Massachusetts. The town takes its name from Henry Pelham, Prime Minister of England, a relation of Governor Benning Wentworth, and younger brother of Thomas Pelham-Holles.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 791 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Pelham totaled 8,812 over 49 years, from 5,408 in 1970 to 14,220 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 50 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, the next three decades had 16 and 17 percent increases, respectively. The 2019 Census estimate for Pelham was 14,220 residents, which ranked 22nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 541.1 persons per square mile of land area. Pelham contains 26.3 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2019 $16,421,227
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $32,387,970
Zoning Ordinance 1956/19
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Consultant
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning
Appointed:Conservation; Library; Cemetery; Zoning
Public Library Pelham Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Saints Campus - Lowell General Hospital, Lowell MA 7 miles 157
Lowell General, Lowell MA 7 miles 239
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 10 miles 162

Electric Supplier Liberty Utilities; Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Pennichuck East Utilities/Williamsburg
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
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
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.40
2019 Equalization Ratio 96.9
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.68
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings6.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.9%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 5,089
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 4,591
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 204
Five or More Units in Structure 278
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 16
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 14,220 417,025
2010 12,897 400,721
2000 11,006 382,384
1990 9,428 336,549
1980 8,090 276,608
1970 5,408 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   6,811 Female:   6,987
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 668
Age 5 to 19 2,591
Age 20 to 34 2,062
Age 35 to 54 4,002
Age 55 to 64 2,256
Age 65 and over 2,219
Median Age 45.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 35.3%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $45,142
Median family income $119,716
Median household income $106,686
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $76,722
Female $55,475
Individuals below the poverty level 1.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 7,314 8,175
Employed 6,713 7,912
Unemployed 601 263
Unemployment Rate 8.2% 3.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 499 643
Average Weekly Wage $1,032 $1,443
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,117 1,401
Average Weekly Wage $633 $822
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,615 2,044
Average Weekly Wage $756 $1,017
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 466 509
Average Weekly Wage $742 $856
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 2,082 2,553
Average Weekly Wage $753 $985

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Pelham operates grades K-12 SAU 28
Career Technology Center(s): Pinkerton Academy Center for CTE Region: 17
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 772 488 617
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 6 Total Capacity: 464
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Daniel Webster; Rivier

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Wakefield Engineering Aluminum extrusion 300 1997
Pelham School District Education 258
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 85 1996
Quality Assured Cable Cabling 70 1997
Chunky's Cinema Pub Cinema, restaurant 50 1997
Yarde Metals Metal stock wholesaler 25 2000
JT Manufacturing Fabrication 30 2008

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 38, 111A, 128
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 1 - 2
Distance 6 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
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 25 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 27 miles
Portland, ME 97 miles
Boston, MA 34 miles
New York City, NY 229 miles
Montreal, Quebec 281 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 87.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.4%
Public transportation 0.8%
Walked 0.6%
Other Means 6.1%
Worked at home 53.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 15.1%
Commuting to another NH community 31.8%
Commuting out-of-state 53.1%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
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
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
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): McIntyre

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 6/24/19

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