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Salem, NH


salem New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Salem Planning Department
Ross Moldoff, Planning Director
33 Geremonty Drive
Salem, NH 03079
Telephone (603) 890-2083
Fax (603) 898-1223
E-mail rmoldoff@salemnh.gov
Web Site www.townofsalemnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Rockingham
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 Rockingham County District 8

Incorporated: 1750
Origin: This town was known as the North Parish of Methuen, Massachusetts, or Methuen District, a name used as early as 1736. In 1741, when the boundary line between Massachusetts and New Hampshire was established, the North Parish along with a portion of Dracut became part of New Hampshire, and named Salem, after nearby Salem, Massachusetts. The area was organized as a district without township privileges. Residents petitioned for a separate incorporation five different times before Governor Benning Wentworth chartered Salem as a town in 1750.
Villages and Place Names: Arlington Park, Canobie Lake, Cluffs Crossing, Cowbell Corners, Foster Corners, Hampshire Road, Millville, North Salem, Noyes Terrace, Pine Grove Park, Salem Depot, Wilson Corners, Mount Ararat
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,218 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Salem totaled 20,344 over 58 years, the sixth largest numeric change, from 9,210 in 1960 to 29,554 in 2018. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 119 percent between 1960 and 1970. The next largest percent increase, of 20 percent, occured between 1970 and 1980. The 2018 Census estimate for Salem was 29,554 residents, which ranked seventh among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 1,191.2 persons per square mile of land area, the sixth highest among the cities and towns. Salem contains 24.8 square miles of land area and 1.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen/Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2019 $60,208,866
Budget: School Appropriations, 2019 $73,379,847
Zoning Ordinance 1962/19
Master Plan 2017
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Director
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning
Appointed:Conservation
Public Library Kelley

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Holy Family Hospital, Methuen MA 5 miles 385
Parkland Medical Center, Derry 13 miles 86

Utilities
Electric Supplier National Grid; Liberty Utilities
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier Salem Water Department
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
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:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2018 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.84
2018 Equalization Ratio 90.7
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.91
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings67.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings30.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.0%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 12,011
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 8,722
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 649
Five or More Units in Structure 2,148
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 492
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 29,554 309,176
2010 28,776 295,223
2000 28,219 278,748
1990 25,841 246,744
1980 24,124 190,345
1970 20,142 138,951
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   14,366 Female:   14,767
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,390
Age 5 to 19 4,986
Age 20 to 34 5,261
Age 35 to 54 7,858
Age 55 to 64 4,383
Age 65 and over 5,255
Median Age 44.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 34.6%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $42,460
Median family income $105,126
Median household income $83,343
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $66,698
Female $49,234
Individuals below the poverty level 4.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 17,828 17,935
Employed 16,880 17,346
Unemployed 948 589
Unemployment Rate 5.3% 3.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $2,737 $2,760
Average Weekly Wage $1,229 $1,494
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $16,678 $17,860
Average Weekly Wage $688 $941
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $19,415 $20,620
Average Weekly Wage $764 $1,015
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $1,276 $1,131
Average Weekly Wage $870 $1,102
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $20,691 $21,751
Average Weekly Wage $771 $1,020

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


(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Salem operates grades K-12 SAU 57
Career Technology Center(s): Salem HS Career & Technical Ed Ctr Region: 17
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 6 1 2 2
Grade Levels P K 1-8 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 1,761 825 1,284 138
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 19 Total Capacity: 1,163
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Comprehensive physical rehabilitation 300 1981
JC Penney Co., Inc. Retail store 200 1991
Reliable Security Guard Agency Security guard services 135 1986
Salem Haven, Inc. Elderly home 120 1955
The Home Depot Home improvement center 100 1992

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality


(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 28, 38, 97, 111
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 1 - 2
Distance Local access
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 24 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 26 miles
Portland, ME 87 miles
Boston, MA 33 miles
New York City, NY 235 miles
Montreal, Quebec 279 miles

(ACS 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 87.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.4%
Public transportation 0.7%
Walked 1.3%
Other Means 5.3%
Worked at home 4.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.1 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 31.7%
Commuting to another NH community 22.6%
Commuting out-of-state 45.7%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Cinemas
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
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): McIntyre
   
Other: Rockingham Park; Canobie Lake Park; Salem Town Forest; Americas Stonehenge

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

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