Exeter New Hampshire Community Profile

 Exeter new hampshire community profile
Exeter, NH
Community Contact Town of Exeter
Russell Dean, Town Manager
10 Front Street
Exeter, NH 03833

Telephone (603) 778-0591
Fax (603) 772-4709
E-mail rdean@exeternh.org
Web Site www.town.exeter.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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

Election Districts
US Congress
District 1
Executive Council
District 3
State Senate
District 23
State Representative
Rockingham County District 13
Incorporated: 1638

Origin: Exeter was one of the four original towns established in New Hampshire, and was first settled in 1638 as Squamscott. It was given the name Exeter by the settlement's managers, known as the Exeter Combination. The riverside location of the town made it a shipbuilding center and West Indies trading port. Exeter's charter included the present-day towns of Epping, Newmarket, Newfields, and Brentwood. Exeter was the birthplace of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the figure of Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. Both the Phillips Exeter Academy, endowed by Colonel John Phillips in 1781, and the American Independence Museum are located in Exeter.

Villages and Place Names: Dows Corner, Gooch Corner, Haynes Corner, Jady Hill, Perkins Hill

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,722 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Exeter totaled 8,434 over 50 years, from 5,664 in 1950 to 14,098 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was 28 percent between 1950 and 1960, followed by increases of 23 percent and 24 percent over the next two decades. The 2005 Census estimate for Exeter was 14,704 residents, which ranked 18th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 744.5 persons per square mile of land area. Exeter contains 19.8 square miles of land area and 0.3 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $16,752,055
Budget: School Appropriations, 2006 $25,345,489
Zoning Ordinance 1973/04
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Library
Appointed:
Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Historic District; Recreation; Water/Sewer

Public Library Exeter Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Town Fire Insurance Rating 4/9
Emergency Medical Service Municipal

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter Local 100

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier Northern Utilities, Inc.
Water Supplier Town of Exeter

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
Private
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
Yes
Recycling
Yes

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) $19.21
2005 Equalization Ratio 95.5
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $17.92

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
81.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings
17.5%
Other Property including Utilities
1.3%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 6,503
   
2005 Single-Family Units 2,906
Building Permits Issued
20
2005 Multi-Family Units 2,535
Building Permits Issued
63
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 1,062
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 14,704 295,076
2000 14,098 278,748
1990 12,654 246,744
1980 11,024 190,345
1970 8,892 138,951

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
6,654
Female
7,404

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
771
Age 5 to 19
2,908
Age 20 to 34
2,163
Age 35 to 54
4,525
Age 55 to 64
1,304
Age 65 and over
2,387
Median Age
40 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
88.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher
38.0%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $27,105
Median 4-person family income $63,088
Median household income $49,618

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$45,091
Female
$30,435

Families below the poverty level 2.9%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
7,060 7,799
Employed
6,800 7,508
Unemployed
260 291
Unemployment Rate
3.7% 3.7%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
1,398 1,219
Average Weekly Wage
$691 $1,185
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
5,488 6,846
Average Weekly Wage
$813 $805
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
6,886 8,065
Average Weekly Wage
$788 $862
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
936 1,083
Average Weekly Wage
$567 $738
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
7,822 9,148
Average Weekly Wage
$762 $848
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Exeter operates grades K-5; grades 6-12 are part of Exeter Region Cooperative (Brentwood, East Kingston, Kensington, Newfields, Stratham, Exeter) District: SAU 16
Career Technology Center(s): Seacoast School of Technology, Exeter Region: 18

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
3 1 4
Grade Levels
P K 1-5 9-12 K-12
Total Enrollment
1,022 1,571
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 12 Total Capacity: 642
Nearest Community/Technical College: Stratham
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; McIntosh
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Exeter Hospital Health care 1,000 1897
Philips Exeter Academy Education 520 1781
Osram Sylvania Electronics 318 1965
Town of Exeter Municipal services 150 1638
Riverwoods at Exeter Elderly housing, health care 140 1994
Sigarms Handguns 95 1989
Wall Industries Electronics 82 1988
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 27, 85, 88, 101, 108, 111, 111A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exit 2
         Distance 6 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation Yes

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Hampton Airfield
Runway
2,100 ft. turf
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Pease International Distance 18 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 2

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
30 miles
Portland, ME
67 miles
Boston, MA
53 miles
New York City, NY
264 miles
Montreal, Quebec
285 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
78.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
9.9%
Public transportation
0.8%
Walked
4.6%
Other Means
1.3%
Worked at home
5.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.6 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
34%
Commuting to another NH community
49%
Commuting out-of-state
17%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X 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
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
   
Other: Walking trails
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 07/26/06

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