Atkinson New Hampshire Community Profile

 Atkinson new hampshire community profile
Atkinson, NH
Community Contact Atkinson Planning Board
Shirley Galvin, Planning Assistant
21 Academy Avenue
Atkinson, NH 03811

Telephone (603) 362-5761
Fax (603) 362-5305
E-mail shirleyg@toa.mv.com
Web Site www.town-atkinsonnh.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Haverhill MA-NH NECTA Division, NH Portion
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Rockingham Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 3
State Senate
District 22
State Representative
Rockingham County District 6
Incorporated: 1767

Origin: Atkinson was named in 1767 for Colonel Theodore Atkinson, whose farm once covered nearly all of the several hundred acres set aside from Plaistow that became the town. Colonel Atkinson was a brother-in-law to Governor Benning Wentworth, served as secretary of the colony until the Revolution, and was one of the Masonian Proprietors who parceled out New Hampshire lands to over 30,000 settlers. Colonel Atkinson bequested funds to establish Atkinson Academy, incorporated in 1787. In 1809, the state granted 13,000 acres of land in Coos County to the Academy, an unincorporated place now known as Atkinson & Gilmanton Academy Grant.

Villages and Place Names: Atkinson Heights, Conleys Grove, Westville, Atkinson Depot

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 479 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Atkinson had the sixth highest 50-year percent change in population, growing over 12 times larger. The largest decennial percent change was a 125 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. Population change totaled 5,738, from 492 in 1950 to 6,230 in 2000. The 2005 Census estimate for Atkinson was 6,613 residents, which ranked 48th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 592.0 persons per square mile of land area. Atkinson contains 11.2 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $4,249,736
Budget: School Appropriations, 2006 $9,775,098
Zoning Ordinance 1940/04
Master Plan 1998
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen
Appointed:
Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery

Public Library Kimball Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Town Fire Insurance Rating 9
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Parkland Medical Center, Derry 11 miles 86

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Exeter & Hampton; PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier Northern Utilities
Water Supplier Walnut Ridge Water Co. & Private wells

Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
Municipal
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Voluntary

Telephone Company Verizon
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2005 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.49
2005 Equalization Ratio 85.3
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $13.10

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
95.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings
4.3%
Other Property including Utilities
0.4%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 2,668
   
2005 Single-Family Units 1,931
Building Permits Issued
10
2005 Multi-Family Units 725
Building Permits Issued
8
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 12
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 6,613 295,076
2000 6,230 278,748
1990 5,141 246,744
1980 4,397 190,345
1970 2,291 138,951

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
3,008
Female
3,170

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
397
Age 5 to 19
1,232
Age 20 to 34
808
Age 35 to 54
2,276
Age 55 to 64
760
Age 65 and over
705
Median Age
40.9 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
95.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher
39.2%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $30,412
Median 4-person family income $77,631
Median household income $69,729

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$53,229
Female
$34,760

Families below the poverty level 2.3%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
3,606 3,784
Employed
3,405 3,602
Unemployed
201 182
Unemployment Rate
5.6% 4.8%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
241 236
Average Weekly Wage
$515 $1,064
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
357 665
Average Weekly Wage
$755 $678
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
598 901
Average Weekly Wage
$659 $779
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
55 70
Average Weekly Wage
$245 $407
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
653 971
Average Weekly Wage
$624 $753
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Grades 1-12 are part of Timberlane Regional (Atkinson, Danville, Plaistow, Sandown) District: SAU 55
Career Technology Center(s): Pinkerton Academy, Derry; Salem High School Vocational Center Region: 17

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1 1
Grade Levels
1-5 1-8
Total Enrollment
472
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 139
Nearest Community/Technical College: Stratham; Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; Chester College of New England
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Atkinson Concessions Country club 198 2002
Lewis Builders, Inc. Builder 88 1953
Palmer Gas Company Propane gas 55 1969
GEX Graphics, printing 50 1985
Busby Construction Contractor 35 1979
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 111, 121
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-495 (MA), Exit 51
         Distance 4 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Lawrence (MA) Municipal
Runway
5,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 27 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
27 miles
Portland, ME
84 miles
Boston, MA
40 miles
New York City, NY
243 miles
Montreal, Quebec
284 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
87.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
4.4%
Public transportation
0.7%
Walked
0.3%
Other Means
0.7%
Worked at home
6.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.7 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
11%
Commuting to another NH community
33%
Commuting out-of-state
55%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
Cinemas
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
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Bradford (MA)
   
Other:
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 06/09/06

All information regarding the communities is from sources deemed reliable and is submitted subject to errors, omissions, modifications, and withdrawals without notice. No warranty or representation is made as to the accuracy of the information contained herein. Specific questions regarding individual cities and towns should be directed to the community contact.