Hampstead New Hampshire Community Profile

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Hampstead, NH
Community Contact Hampstead Board of Selectmen
Sally Theriault, Administrative Assistant
11 Main Street
Hampstead, NH 03841

Telephone (603) 329-4100 x100
Fax (603) 329-6628
E-mail sallytheriault@comcast.net
Web Site www.hampsteadnh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday, 8 am - 7 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, and Friday, 8 am - 12 noon

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 19
State Representative
Rockingham County District 8
Incorporated: 1749

Origin: Hampstead began as a part of Haverhill and Amesbury, Massachusetts, and was formed as a result of the 1739 change in boundary lines between Massachusetts and the new province of New Hampshire. It was originally known as Timberlane Parish, because of the heavy growth of native trees. In 1749, residents of the area voted to petition the governor for incorporation. Governor Benning Wentworth named the town Hampstead, after the English town where William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, lived. Pitt, a close friend of Governor Wentworth, was Prime Minister of England, and supporter of the American cause.

Villages and Place Names: East Hampstead, West Hampstead

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 724 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Hampstead had the eighth highest 50-year percent population increase, growing over nine times larger. The largest decennial percent change was 90 percent between 1960 and 1970. Population change totaled 7,403, from 902 in 1950 to 8,305 in 2000. The 2005 Census estimate for Hampstead was 8,739 residents, which ranked 33rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 652.2 persons per square mile of land area. Hampstead contains 13.4 square miles of land area and 0.7 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2005 $4,118,830
Budget: School Appropriations, 2005 $19,037,673
Zoning Ordinance 1952/05
Master Plan 1992
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery; Budget
Appointed:
Conservation; Zoning; Cable TV; Historic; Recreation

Public Library Hampstead Public

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Parkland Medical Center, Derry 9 miles 86

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; Exeter & Hampton
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Hampstead Area Water Co.

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

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) $17.11
2005 Equalization Ratio 85.4
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.39

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
90.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings
9.3%
Other Property including Utilities
0.4%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 3560
   
2005 Single-Family Units 2,548
Building Permits Issued
13
2005 Multi-Family Units 724
Building Permits Issued
60
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 288
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 8,739 295,076
2000 8,305 278,748
1990 6,848 246,744
1980 3,785 190,345
1970 2,401 138,951

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
4,116
Female
4,181

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
495
Age 5 to 19
2,054
Age 20 to 34
1,120
Age 35 to 54
3,086
Age 55 to 64
767
Age 65 and over
775
Median Age
38.1 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
93.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher
36.3%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $29,195
Median 4-person family income $79,114
Median household income $68,533

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$56,625
Female
$31,449

Families below the poverty level 2.4%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
4,155 4,696
Employed
3,904 4,486
Unemployed
251 210
Unemployment Rate
6.0% 4.5%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
481 502
Average Weekly Wage
$570 $767
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
973 1,601
Average Weekly Wage
$453 $581
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
1,454 2,103
Average Weekly Wage
$492 $625
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
213 93
Average Weekly Wage
$414 $391
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
1,666 2,196
Average Weekly Wage
$482 $615
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Hampstead operates grades 1-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Pinkerton Academy (Derry) 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
2 1
Grade Levels
P R 1-4 5-8
Total Enrollment
570 572
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 11 Total Capacity: 650
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua; Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; McIntosh
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Hampstead Hospital Psychiatric hospital 130 1975
Consolidated Plastechs Plastic injection molding 60 1966
East Coast Lumber Lumber sales 35 1976
Hannaford Supermarket
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 111, 121, 121A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 3
         Distance 8 miles
Railroad No
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 17 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
20 miles
Portland, ME
87 miles
Boston, MA
43 miles
New York City, NY
246 miles
Montreal, Quebec
277 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
88.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
6.2%
Public transportation
0.4%
Walked
0.8%
Other Means
0.2%
Worked at home
3.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.9 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
14%
Commuting to another NH community
42%
Commuting out-of-state
44%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X 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
Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre
   
Other: Walking trail system
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