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Sandown, NH

sandown New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Sandown Board of Selectmen
Thomas Tombarello, Chairman
320 Main Street, PO Box 1756
Sandown, NH 03873
Telephone (603) 887-3646
Fax (603) 887-5163
E-mail townofsandown@sandown.us
Web Site www.sandown.us/

Municipal Office Hours Board of Selectmen, Administrator, Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, 8-12 and 1-7, Tuesday to Thursday, 8-4, closed Friday

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 District 1
Executive Council District District 3
State Senate District District 23
State Representative Rockingham County District 9

Incorporated: 1756
Origin: This territory was part of the original Kingston grant of 1694. As the western portion of Kingston became more heavily populated, residents felt that they could support a meetinghouse of their own, and petitioned Governor Benning Wentworth for separation. Sandown was incorporated as a separate parish in 1756. It was named for picturesque Sandown on the Isle of Wight. The first minister of Sandown, Reverend Joseph Cotton, built the Sandown Church in 1773. The church had an eleven-foot high pulpit and marble columns supporting the gallery, and is an excellent example of early New England church architecture.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 561 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Sandown totaled 5,811 over 50 years, from 741 in 1970 to 6,552 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Sandown was 6,621 residents, which ranked 50th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 473.3 persons per square mile of land area. Sandown contains 14.0 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2022 $4,924,225
Budget: School Appropriations, 2021-2022 $15,625,460
Zoning Ordinance 1956/21
Master Plan 2013
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Library; Cemetery; Checklist; Trust Funds; Fire Engineers
Appointed:Conservation; Zoning; Cable; Recreation; Ballot Clerks; Old Home Day; Senior Affairs Transportation; Heritage; Joint Loss Mgmnt; Old Home Day; Senior Affairs Transportation
Public Library Sandown Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time Chief, per diem & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Parkland Medical Center, Derry 10 miles 50

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

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.37
2022 Equalization Ratio 60.2
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $16.88
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings97.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.2%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,287
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,003
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 246
Five or More Units in Structure 19
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 19
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 6,621 319,424
2020 6,548 314,176
2010 5,986 295,223
2000 5,171 278,748
1990 4,069 246,744
1980 2,057 190,345
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   3,223 Female:   3,275
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 424
Age 5 to 19 1,241
Age 20 to 34 1,109
Age 35 to 54 1,910
Age 55 to 64 1,030
Age 65 and over 784
Median Age 38.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 4,530
High school graduate or higher 93.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 31.1%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $39,998
Median family income $118,259
Median household income $116,048
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $69,139
Female $65,066
Individuals below the poverty level 9.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 3,895 4,300
Employed 3,674 4,193
Unemployed 221 107
Unemployment Rate 5.7% 2.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 51 86
Average Weekly Wage $560 $898
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 148 195
Average Weekly Wage $660 $987
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 199 282
Average Weekly Wage $634 $960
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 67 66
Average Weekly Wage $471 $674
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 266 348
Average Weekly Wage $593 $906

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
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2
Grade Levels P K 1-5 9-12
Total Enrollment 466
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 102
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; UNH Manchester; Franklin Pierce-Manchester; Southern NH University; MCPHS

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Compliance Worldwide, Inc EMC Test Lab 7 1999
Fox Den Retirement Community Assisted living facility 20 1994
Playmates Learning Center Childcare center 14 1988
Sue Padden Real Estate Real estate agency 13 2004
All Japanese Import Auto, Inc. Automotive repair/service 4 1997
Zorvino Vineyards Vineyard & function facility
Chickadee Hill Cakes specialty cake shop

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 121, 121A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 4
Distance 10 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation CART
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Manchester-Boston RegionalRunway9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 22 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 20 miles
Portland, ME 87 miles
Boston, MA 48 miles
New York City, NY 248 miles
Montreal, Quebec 274 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 3,518
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.2%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.8%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 14.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 20.9%
Commuting to another NH community 50.5%
Commuting out-of-state 28.6%
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
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
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
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock, Pat's Peak
Other: Old Meeting House; Train Depot Museum

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/1/23

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