Hampton New Hampshire Community Profile

 Hampton new hampshire community profile
Hampton, NH
Community Contact Town of Hampton
James S. Barrington, Town Manager
100 Winnacunnet Road
Hampton, NH 03842

Telephone (603) 926-6766
Fax (603) 926-6853
E-mail jbarrington@town.hampton.nh.us
Web Site www.town.hampton.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Portsmouth NH-ME Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Coastal Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress
District 1
Executive Council
District 3
State Senate
District 24
State Representative
Rockingham County District 15
Incorporated: 1639

Origin: First called Winnacunnet, the Indian name for pleasant pines, Hampton was one of four original New Hampshire towns established by the Massachusetts government. In 1638, the area, which included land now in Seabrook, Kensington, Danville, Kingston, East Kingston, Sandown, North Hampton, South Hampton, Hampton Falls, and Great Boar's Head, was settled by a group of parishioners led by Reverend Stephen Bachiler. The Reverend had previously preached in Hampton, England, and the town was incorporated as Hampton in 1639. Poet John Greenleaf Whittier was a direct descendant of Reverend Bachiler. Construction of the railroad in the 1850s made Hampton's oceanfront a popular resort.

Villages and Place Names: Coffins Mill, Eastman Point, Elmwood Corners, Great Boars Head, Hampton Beach, Hampton Landing, North Beach, Plaice Cove, Smith Colony, The Five Corners, The Plantation, The Willows

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 853 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Hampton totaled 12,126 over 50 years, the 11th largest numeric change, from 2,847 in 1950 to 14,973 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was an 89 percent increase between 1950 and 1960. The 2005 Census estimate for Hampton was 15,450 residents, which ranked 16th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 1,123.6 persons per square mile of land area, the seventh highest among the cities and towns. Hampton contains 13.8 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $23,609,157
Budget: School Appropriations, not available
Zoning Ordinance 1949/06
Master Plan 2003
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Budget
Appointed:
Conservation; Heritage; Shade Tree; Highway Safety; Leased Land Real Estate; Recreation Advisory; Cable TV Advisory; USS Hampton; Insurance Review

Public Library Lane Memorial

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Town Fire Insurance Rating 3
Emergency Medical Service Municipal Full-time

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 8 miles 100

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Unitil; PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier Northern Utilities
Water Supplier Aquarion Water Co of NH

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
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) $17.90
2005 Equalization Ratio 75.6
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $13.42

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
85.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings
13.4%
Other Property including Utilities
1.6%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 9,834
   
2005 Single-Family Units 5,377
Building Permits Issued
0
2005 Multi-Family Units 4,179
Building Permits Issued
53
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 278
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 15,450 295,076
2000 14,973 278,748
1990 12,324 246,744
1980 10,493 190,345
1970 8,011 138,951

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
7,256
Female
7,681

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
886
Age 5 to 19
2,564
Age 20 to 34
2,411
Age 35 to 54
5,136
Age 55 to 64
1,741
Age 65 and over
2,199
Median Age
41.1 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
90.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher
36.3%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $29,878
Median 4-person family income $66,000
Median household income $54,419

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$46,727
Female
$31,695

Families below the poverty level 4.5%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
7,093 9,404
Employed
6,775 9,012
Unemployed
318 392
Unemployment Rate
4.5% 4.2%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
1,046 906
Average Weekly Wage
$748 $966
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
3,690 4,336
Average Weekly Wage
$629 $1,366
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
4,737 5,242
Average Weekly Wage
$655 $1,297
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
815 1,086
Average Weekly Wage
$535 $738
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
5,551 6,328
Average Weekly Wage
$637 $1,201
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Hampton operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are part of Winnacunnet Cooperative (Hampton, Hampton Falls, North Hampton, Seabrook) District: SAU 21
Career Technology Center(s): Seacoast School of Technology, Exeter Region: 18

Educational Facilities 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 K-12
Total Enrollment
910 542 1,201
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 8 Total Capacity: 322
Nearest Community/Technical College: Stratham
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; McIntosh
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Foss Manufacturing Co. of NH Auto, marine carpet 190
Complex Inc. Disposable medical devices 105
Brazonics Electroplating 100 1996
Speco Industrial machine 75 1987
Continental Microwave Passive components 70 1987
JD Cahill Co., Inc. Paper board 40 1939
Carpenter Associates Architectural millwork 25 1968
QA Tech Co., Inc. Spring contact probes 25 1983
Lilly Software Computer software
Signal Communications Corporation Antennas 1978
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 1
  State Routes 1A, 27, 101E, 151
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exit 2
         Distance Local access
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation No

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 14 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 2

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
37 miles
Portland, ME
63 miles
Boston, MA
46 miles
New York City, NY
258 miles
Montreal, Quebec
292 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
84.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
5.4%
Public transportation
1.4%
Walked
2.3%
Other Means
1.7%
Worked at home
4.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.8 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
26%
Commuting to another NH community
48%
Commuting out-of-state
26%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
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
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X 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: Indoor soccer arena; Hampton Beach State Park; Hampton State Pier; Annual Seafood Festival
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 08/03/06

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