Farmington New Hampshire Community Profile

Farmington new hampshire community profile
Farmington, NH
Community Contact Farmington Board of Selectmen
Paula Proulx, Chairman
356 Main Street, Municipal Offices
Farmington, NH 03835

Telephone (603) 755-2208
Fax (603) 755-9934
E-mail townfarm@worldpath.net
Web Site www.farmington.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 am - 5 pm, Thursday, 8:30 am - 7 pm, and Friday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

County Strafford
Labor Market Area Rochester-Dover NH-ME Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Wentworth Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress
District 1
Executive Council
District 2
State Senate
District 3
State Representative
Strafford County District 3
Incorporated: 1798

Origin: This town started as West Parish, a portion of Rochester that included several large farms. Those farms were separated from Rochester in 1798 as Farmington, a reference to the area's fertile farmland. It was also known as Farmington Dock because its location on the Cocheco River was an ideal spot for sawmills. Those sawmills expanded into shoe-making factories, one of the first places to use automated shoe-making machines instead of handwork. One Farmington resident known in the shoe trade was Jeremiah J. Colbath, who, after changing his name to Henry Wilson, was elected Vice-President under Ulysses S. Grant.

Villages and Place Names:

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,029 residents in 1800

Population Trends: Population change for Farmington totaled 2,350 over 50 years, from 3,454 in 1950 to 5,804 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 29 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 23 percent increase over the next decade. The 2005 Census estimate for Farmington was 6,439 residents, which ranked 50th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 176.4 persons per square mile of land area. Farmington contains 36.5 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2004 $5,160,286
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance 2001/03
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Goodwin

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Town Fire Insurance Rating 5/9
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 10 miles 112

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop.
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Farmington Water Dept.

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
None
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
Yes
Recycling
Voluntary

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

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2005 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $16.79
2005 Equalization Ratio 92.9
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.45

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
85.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings
13.3%
Other Property including Utilities
1.5%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 2,816
   
2005 Single-Family Units 1,727
Building Permits Issued
54
2005 Multi-Family Units 562
Building Permits Issued
5
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 527
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 6,439 119,015
2000 5,804 112,676
1990 5,706 104,348
1980 4,630 85,324
1970 3,588 70,431

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
2,866
Female
2,908

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
373
Age 5 to 19
1,393
Age 20 to 34
1,008
Age 35 to 54
1,912
Age 55 to 64
495
Age 65 and over
593
Median Age
36.1 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
73.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher
9.9%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $16,574
Median 4-person family income $44,788
Median household income $40,971

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$32,320
Female
$24,527

Families below the poverty level 6.3%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
2,945 3,307
Employed
2,780 3,173
Unemployed
165 134
Unemployment Rate
5.6% 4.1%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
n 350
Average Weekly Wage
n $874
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
n 432
Average Weekly Wage
n $534
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
1,385 783
Average Weekly Wage
$496 $686
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
222 327
Average Weekly Wage
$440 $584
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
1,607 1,109
Average Weekly Wage
$488 $656
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Farmington operates grades K-12 District: SAU 61
Career Technology Center(s): Dover Voc. Center; Somersworth Reg. Voc. Center; Creteau Voc. Center, Rochester Region: 12

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1 1 1
Grade Levels
P K 1-3 4-8 9-12
Total Enrollment
424 561 478
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 10 Total Capacity: 438
Nearest Community/Technical College: Stratham; Laconia
Nearest Colleges or Universities: McIntosh; University of NH
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Collins & Aikman Dashboards 1,335 1957
UTEL Inc. & Subsidiaries Telecommunications 44 1903
Cameron's Sod Farm Lawn & garden 40 1935
Pike Industries Asphalt, gravel, stone 40 1975
Samco Inc. Rubber rolls 32 1979
Bank of NH Banking 20 1927
Energy Resource Paper 1998
Holy Rosary Credit Union Banking services
Spencer Johnston Machinery manufacturing
Three Phase Line Electric Specialized electrical contractor 1999
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 11, 75, 153
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 15;
I-95, Exit 5
         Distance 7 miles; 26 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation Yes

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Skyhaven, Rochester
Runway
4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Pease International Distance 27 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 2

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
50 miles
Portland, ME
59 miles
Boston, MA
83 miles
New York City, NY
294 miles
Montreal, Quebec
264 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
79.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
15.2%
Public transportation
0.3%
Walked
1.6%
Other Means
1.4%
Worked at home
2.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.6 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
19%
Commuting to another NH community
71%
Commuting out-of-state
10%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
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
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
   
Other:
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