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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 9,649 over 49 years, from 20,142 in 1970 to 29,791 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 20 percent increase, occuring between 1970 and 1980. The 2019 Census estimate for Salem was 29,791 residents, which ranked seventh among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 1,200.8 persons per square mile of land area, the seventh 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, 2020 $68,560,029
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $125,320,410
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
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.98
2019 Equalization Ratio 80.1
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.49
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings67.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings31.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.9%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 12,005
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 8,625
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 700
Five or More Units in Structure 2,076
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 604
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 29,791 309,769
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) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   14,824 Female:   14,410
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,473
Age 5 to 19 4,563
Age 20 to 34 5,741
Age 35 to 54 7,399
Age 55 to 64 4,578
Age 65 and over 5,480
Median Age 44.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 36.2%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $44,585
Median family income $112,143
Median household income $86,587
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $67,833
Female $54,379
Individuals below the poverty level 4.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 17,835 18,409
Employed 16,411 17,790
Unemployed 1,424 619
Unemployment Rate 8.0% 3.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 2,180 2,872
Average Weekly Wage $1,336 $1,534
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 16,045 17,650
Average Weekly Wage $682 $960
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 18,225 20,522
Average Weekly Wage $760 $1,040
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,249 1,148
Average Weekly Wage $905 $1,109
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 19,474 21,669
Average Weekly Wage $770 $1,044

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 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 85.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.3%
Public transportation 1.4%
Walked 1.7%
Other Means 6.1%
Worked at home 45.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.9 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 31.5%
Commuting to another NH community 22.6%
Commuting out-of-state 45.9%
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
X Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X 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
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, 2021. Community Response Received 8/10/20

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