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Plaistow, NH

plaistow New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Plaistow
Mark Pearson, Town Manager
145 Main Street
Plaistow, NH 03865
Telephone (603) 382-5200 x266
Fax (603) 382-7183
E-mail mpearson@plaistow.com
Web Site www.plaistow.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, 8 am - 7 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, 8 am - 4:30 pm, Friday, 7 am - 12 noon

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 3
State Senate District 22
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 14, 34

Incorporated: 1749
Origin: This territory was part of the 1642 land purchase that was Haverhill, Massachusetts. When the New Hampshire-Massachusetts boundary was established in 1741, the portion north of the border became the Haverhill District. The town was incorporated as Plastow in 1749, and included Atkinson, which was separated in 1767. The spelling was changed later. The name may have come from the English plaistowe, meaning an open space or greenwood, near the center of a village where the maypole stood and where sports at holiday times were carried on.
Villages and Place Names: Westville
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 521 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Plaistow totaled 4,686 over 55 years, from 2,915 in 1960 to 7,601 in 2015. The largest decennial percent change was a 62 percent increase between 1960 and 1970; the smallest, a seven percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2015 Census estimate for Plaistow was 7,601 residents, which ranked 40th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2015 (US Census Bureau): 716.4 persons per square mile of land area. Plaistow contains 10.6 square miles of land area and 0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen/Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2017 $9,029,751
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $70,464,585
Zoning Ordinance 1956/16
Master Plan 2013
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Budget; Trust Funds; Conflict of Interest
Appointed:Conservation; Zoning; Cable; Recreation; Elder Affairs; Renewable Energy
Public Library Plaistow Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Full, part-time, volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Full, part-time, volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Merrimack Valley Campus - Holy Family Hospital, Haverhill MA 7 miles 385
Parkland Medical Center, Derry 15 miles 82
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 16 miles 99

Electric Supplier Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil; Northern Utilities
Water Supplier Pennichuck; Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Earthlink Business; 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
2016 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.50
2016 Equalization Ratio 95.2
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.24
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings68.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings29.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.8%

(ACS 2011-2015) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,034
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,276
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 570
Five or More Units in Structure 178
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 10
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2015 7,601 299,006
2010 7,609 295,223
2000 7,763 278,748
1990 7,284 246,744
1980 5,609 190,345
1970 4,712 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2011-2015
Population by Gender
Male:   3,619 Female:   3,982
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 362
Age 5 to 19 1,458
Age 20 to 34 1,269
Age 35 to 54 2,133
Age 55 to 64 1,381
Age 65 and over 998
Median Age 42.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 23.9%

(ACS 2011-2015) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $32,956
Median family income $79,524
Median household income $78,191
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $64,896
Female $50,098
Individuals below the poverty level 3.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 4,274 4,168
Employed 4,073 3,991
Unemployed 201 177
Unemployment Rate 4.7% 4.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 545 588
Average Weekly Wage $916 $1,133
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 3,556 3,244
Average Weekly Wage $551 $586
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 4,102 3,831
Average Weekly Wage $600 $670
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,028 1,026
Average Weekly Wage $771 $922
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 5,129 4,857
Average Weekly Wage $634 $723

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Timberlane Regional (Atkinson, Danville, Plaistow, Sandown) SAU 55
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 469 824 1,172
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 6 Total Capacity: 305
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England; Northern Essex (MA); University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Timberlane Regional School District Education 1,177 1963
Market Basket Supermarket 401 1978
Wal-Mart Retail store 190 1993
Kohl's Department store 115 2003
Home Depot Home improvement center 165 2004
Shaw's Supermarket 125 1992
Scandia Plastics Custom plastic extrusions 47 1971
T J Maxx Department store 55 1992
Rite Aid Pharmacy 25 2002
CVS Pharmacy 35 1990

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 108, 121A, 125
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-495 (MA), Exit 51
Distance 3 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation CART
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Lawrence (MA) MunicipalRunway5,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 36 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 38 miles
Portland, ME 83 miles
Boston, MA 39 miles
New York City, NY 241 miles
Montreal, Quebec 291 miles

(ACS 2011-2015) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 90.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 2.9%
Public transportation 1.1%
Walked 1.3%
Other Means 0.5%
Worked at home 4.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2011-2015)
Working in community of residence 19.5%
Commuting to another NH community 28.4%
Commuting out-of-state 52.1%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
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 Performing Arts Facilities
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
Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Bradford (MA)
Other: Hiking Trails; Band Concerts

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2017. Community Response Received 07/05/17

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