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Salisbury, NH

salisbury New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Salisbury
April Rollins, Town Administrator
PO Box 214
Salisbury, NH 03268
Telephone (603) 648-6320
Fax (603) 648-6658
E-mail salisburyadmin@tds.net
Web Site www.salisburynh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen's Office: Tuesday to Friday, 8-3:15; Town Clerk: Monday, 8-1, Tuesday, 3:30-8:30; Tax Collector: Wednesday, 9-12, or by appointment

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Concord, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Central NH Regional
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 7
State Representative Merrimack County Districts 5, 26

Incorporated: 1768
Origin: This town was first granted in 1736 by the Massachusetts government, and named Baker's Town, in honor of Captain Thomas Baker, a famous Indian scout. Following establishment of the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border in 1741, the previous grant became void, and a new grant issued in 1749. The town was renamed Stevens-town, after Colonel Ebenezer Stevens of Kingston. It was also known as Gerrish-town or New Salisbury, before being incorporated by the New Hampshire government in 1768 as Salisbury, after Salisbury, Massachusetts. Among the first settlers was Ebenezer Webster, father of Daniel Webster, who was born in Salisbury in 1782.
Villages and Place Names: Currier & Ives Scenic Byway, Scribners Corner, Smiths Corner, Thompson Corner, West Salisbury, Salisbury Heights
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,372 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Salisbury totaled 850 over 50 years, from 589 in 1970 to 1,439 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Salisbury was 1,485 residents, which ranked 166th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 37.5 persons per square mile of land area. Salisbury contains 39.6 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2022 $1,542,767
Budget: School Appropriations, 2021-2022 $2,489,546
Zoning Ordinance 1974/19
Master Plan 2017
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Checklist; Library; Cemetery; Town Clerk; Tax Collector; Moderator; Zoning
Appointed:Conservation; Recreation
Public Library Salisbury Free

Emergency Services
Police Department State Police
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital - Franklin 8 miles 31

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop; Eversource Energy; Concord Electric
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company TDS; Consolidated
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.96
2022 Equalization Ratio 95.0
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.04
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings91.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other7.5%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 749
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 662
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 0
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 87
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 1,485 156,020
2020 1,422 153,808
2010 1,382 146,445
2000 1,143 136,716
1990 1,056 120,618
1980 781 98,302
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   879 Female:   698
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 54
Age 5 to 19 285
Age 20 to 34 207
Age 35 to 54 403
Age 55 to 64 220
Age 65 and over 408
Median Age 51.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 1,185
High school graduate or higher 92.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 31.6%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $36,232
Median family income $95,972
Median household income $83,393
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $55,313
Female $57,813
Individuals below the poverty level 8.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 804 814
Employed 762 796
Unemployed 42 18
Unemployment Rate 5.2% 2.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 15 39
Average Weekly Wage $685 $925
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 49 55
Average Weekly Wage $605 $769
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 64 94
Average Weekly Wage $624 $833
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 39 46
Average Weekly Wage $485 $529
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 103 140
Average Weekly Wage $572 $733

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 Merrimack Valley Regional (Andover, Boscawen, Loudon, Penacook, Salisbury, Webster) SAU 46
Career Technology Center(s): Concord Regional Technical Center
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-5 9-12
Total Enrollment 62
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 20
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord; Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Colby-Sawyer; Magdalen College; UNH School of Law; Granite State

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Crossroad Store Convenience store 6 1994
Blackwater Veterinary Veterinary services 18 2002
Barn Store of N.E. Farm supply store 25 2005

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 4
State Routes 127
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 17
Distance 10 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 39 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 33 miles
Portland, ME 126 miles
Boston, MA 84 miles
New York City, NY 283 miles
Montreal, Quebec 229 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 750
Drove alone, car/truck/van 68.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.5%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.3%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 21.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 28.7%
Commuting to another NH community 65.7%
Commuting out-of-state 5.6%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
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
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Ragged Mountain
Other: Kayaking-Blackwater River; Youth Lacrosse; Youth Field Hockey; Ice Skating Rink: Outdoor Facility

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/7/23

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