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Somersworth, NH

somersworth New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Somersworth Department of Development Services
Shanna Saunders, Director Planning & Community Development
One Government Way
Somersworth, NH 03878
Telephone (603) 692-9517
Fax (603) 692-9575
E-mail ssaunders@somersworth.com
Web Site www.somersworth.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm, Wednesday, 8 am - 6 pm

County Strafford
Labor Market Area Dover-Durham, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Southeast Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District 1 (All Wards)
Executive Council District 2 (All Wards)
State Senate District 4 (All Wards)
State Representative Strafford County Districts 18, 21 (Wards 1, 3, 4, & 5) 17, 21 (Ward 2)

Incorporated: 1754
Origin: This territory was first settled about 1650 when it was part of Dover. It was made a separate parish in 1729, called Summersworth. In 1753, residents petitioned Governor Benning Wentworth for a separate township. The town was incorporated as Somersworth in 1754. In 1849, the town was divided nearly in half when the southern portion was incorporated as Rollinsford. Somersworth was incorporated as a city in 1893. Situated on the Salmon River, Somersworth has been home to many gristmills, sawmills, and cotton and woolen making establishments.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 943 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Somersworth totaled 3,371 over 57 years, from 8,529 in 1960 to 11,900 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a 15 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; the smallest, a two percent increase between 2000 and 2010. The 2017 Census estimate for Somersworth was 11,900 residents, which ranked 25th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 1,213.0 persons per square mile of land area, the fourth highest among the cities and towns. Somersworth contains 9.8 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government City Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015-2016 $12,249,085
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $25,725,172
Zoning Ordinance 1953/13
Master Plan 2010
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:City Council
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery; HDC
Public Library Somersworth Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Private
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Wentworth-Douglass, Dover 4 miles 148
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 6 miles 96

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier Municipal
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company 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
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $33.09
2017 Equalization Ratio 88.0
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.91
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings70.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings28.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.9%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 5,214
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,482
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1,305
Five or More Units in Structure 828
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 599
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 11,900 128,613
2010 11,766 123,143
2000 11,505 112,676
1990 11,200 104,348
1980 10,350 85,408
1970 9,026 70,431
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   5,649 Female:   6,148
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 853
Age 5 to 19 1,354
Age 20 to 34 2,776
Age 35 to 54 2,981
Age 55 to 64 1,751
Age 65 and over 1,482
Median Age 37.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 25.6%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $28,864
Median family income $71,061
Median household income $62,777
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $50,423
Female $38,010
Individuals below the poverty level 8.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 6,415 6,651
Employed 6,189 6,495
Unemployed 226 156
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 2.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $1,105 $1,358
Average Weekly Wage $897 $1,016
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $3,447 $4,100
Average Weekly Wage $642 $771
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $4,552 $5,458
Average Weekly Wage $704 $832
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $526 $475
Average Weekly Wage $678 $863
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $5,078 $5,933
Average Weekly Wage $702 $834

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Somersworth operates grades K-12 SAU 56
Career Technology Center(s): Somersworth Career Technical Center Region: 12
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1 1 3
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 762 350 438 317
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 8 Total Capacity: 433
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
General Electric Co. Manufacturing, meter control division 400
Contitech Manufacture of high performance silicone rubber hose 1,000
J Pac Medical contract packaging 100
Wal-Mart Retail store 380
Somersworth School Department Education 291
Market Basket Supermarket 270
City of Somersworth Municipal services 115
Velcro Hook & loop products 180
The Works Athletic Club Physical fitness, wellness center 240
General Linen Laundry facility 200

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 16A, 16B, 108, 236
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 9; I-95, Exit 5
Distance 4 miles; 17 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation COAST
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Skyhaven, RochesterRunway4,200 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 46 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 6
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 44 miles
Portland, ME 47 miles
Boston, MA 70 miles
New York City, NY 281 miles
Montreal, Quebec 279 miles

(ACS 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 12.4%
Public transportation 1.7%
Walked 2.4%
Other Means 1.0%
Worked at home 0.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 20.1%
Commuting to another NH community 71.3%
Commuting out-of-state 8.6%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X 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
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
X Youth Sports: Hockey
Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
Other: Pumpkin Festival; Childrens Festival; Walking Trails; Baseball/Softball Fields; Basketball Courts; Childrens Playground

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2019. Community Response Received 5/17/16

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