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Pembroke, NH

pembroke New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Pembroke
David Jodoin, Town Administrator
311 Pembroke Street
Pembroke, NH 03275
Telephone (603) 485-4747
Fax (603) 485-3967
E-mail Townhall@Pembroke-NH.com
Web Site www.pembroke-nh.com/

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk: extended hours first, fourth Thursday, 5 pm - 7 pm

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Manchester, NH Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Central NH Regional
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 4
State Senate District District 17
State Representative Merrimack County District 20

Incorporated: 1759
Origin: This township was first granted in 1728 to the heirs of Captain John Lovewell and members of his company or their heirs, and given the name Lovewell's Town. Captain Lovewell built the fort at Ossipee and was killed fighting the Indians at Pequawket. The township was more commonly called Suncook, after the river, and another settlement was known as Buckstreet. When the town was incorporated in 1759, it included Suncook, Buckstreet, and portions of Bow that were east of the Merrimack River. It was given the name Pembroke in honor of Henry Herbert, ninth Earl of Pembroke in southern Wales.
Villages and Place Names: North Pembroke, Suncook Village
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 956 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Pembroke totaled 3,713 over 58 years, from 3,514 in 1960 to 7,227 in 2018. The largest decennial percent change was a 35 percent increase between 1980 and 1990; the smallest, a three percent increase between 2000 and 2010. The 2018 Census estimate for Pembroke was 7,227 residents, which ranked 43rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 319.2 persons per square mile of land area. Pembroke contains 22.6 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2019 $9,804,356
Budget: School Appropriations, 2019-2020 $25,691,590
Zoning Ordinance 1974/19
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Water; Sewer
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Cemetery; Conservation; Recreation; Budget; CIP
Public Library Pembroke Town

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Intermunicipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 7 miles 245

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop; Eversource Energy; Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Pembroke Water Works
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2018 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $29.76
2018 Equalization Ratio 94.8
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.57
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings78.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings17.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.6%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,858
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,952
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 549
Five or More Units in Structure 284
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 73
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 7,227 151,132
2010 7,115 146,445
2000 6,917 136,716
1990 6,581 120,618
1980 4,861 98,302
1970 4,261 80,925
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   3,485 Female:   3,687
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 279
Age 5 to 19 1,444
Age 20 to 34 1,063
Age 35 to 54 2,189
Age 55 to 64 1,178
Age 65 and over 1,019
Median Age 42.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 25.6%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $38,643
Median family income $96,742
Median household income $84,767
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $50,955
Female $50,646
Individuals below the poverty level 5.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 4,360 4,434
Employed 4,208 4,323
Unemployed 152 111
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 2.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $486 $354
Average Weekly Wage $814 $1,074
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $1,281 $1,512
Average Weekly Wage $811 $943
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $1,767 $1,866
Average Weekly Wage $812 $968
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $469 $528
Average Weekly Wage $696 $892
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $2,237 $2,395
Average Weekly Wage $788 $951

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Pembroke operates grades K-12 SAU 53
Career Technology Center(s): Concord Regional Technical Center Region: 11
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 3 1 1 1
Grade Levels K R 1-8 5-8 9-12 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 582 357 760 96
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 84
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: UNH School of Law; Southern NH University

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Associated Grocers of New England, Inc. Wholesale distribution center 325 2006
Town of Pembroke Municipal services 47 1759
Heat and Control Food processing equipment 42
TD Bank Banking services 12 1916
Nortrax Equipment sales, service 15
A & B Lumber Lumber sales, service 20
Airgas Industry supplies 9
Pembroke School District Education 235
Pitco Food processing equipment 26 2014

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3, 4, 202
State Routes 9, 28, 106
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 13
Distance 5 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 17 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 4 miles
Portland, ME 101 miles
Boston, MA 64 miles
New York City, NY 264 miles
Montreal, Quebec 250 miles

(ACS 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.2%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 6.4%
Worked at home 6.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 14.9%
Commuting to another NH community 80.5%
Commuting out-of-state 4.6%
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
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
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak, Mount Sunapee
Other: White Sands Conservation Area

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2020. Community Response Received 6/12/19

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