Kensington New Hampshire Community Profile

 Kensington new hampshire community profile
Kensington, NH
Community Contact Town of Kensington
Board of Selectmen
95 Amesbury Road
Kensington, NH 03833

Telephone (603) 772-5423
Fax (603) 772-6841
E-mail kensington@kensingtontown.com
Web Site www.town.kensington.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Haverhill MA-NH NECTA Division, 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 23
State Representative
Rockingham County District 14
Incorporated: 1737

Origin: This town was once a parish of Hampton, and was incorporated in 1737 by Governor Jonathan Belcher of Massachusetts when New Hampshire was still part of that province. Of the 27 towns granted by Governor Belcher, only three were given names: Arlington, Peterborough, and Kensington, which was named for Edward Rich, Earl of Holland and Baron Kensington. Kensington, now a suburb of London, is the location of Kensington Palace, known for its beautiful public gardens. The palace was the birthplace of Queen Victoria, and the London home of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Villages and Place Names: Austin Corners, Brick School Corner, Eastman Corners, Five Corners, Lamprey Corners, Prescott Corner

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 800 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Kensington was 1,360 over 50 years, from 542 in 1950 to 1,902 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 47 percent increase between 1960 and 1970; the second largest was a 44 percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2005 Census estimate for Kensington was 2,049 residents, which ranked 135th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 171.0 persons per square mile of land area. Kensington contains 12.0 square miles of land area and 0 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2004 $1,359,410
Budget: School Appropriations, 2003-04 $1,958,674
Zoning Ordinance 1959/06
Master Plan 2001
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Commission

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

Public Library Kensington Social/Public

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 4 miles 100

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier Northern Utilities
Water Supplier Private wells

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

Telephone Company Verizon, Comcast
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2005 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $16.37
2005 Equalization Ratio 87.5
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.20

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
95.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings
1.5%
Other Property including Utilities
2.8%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 761
   
2005 Single-Family Units 691
Building Permits Issued
15
2005 Multi-Family Units 41
Building Permits Issued
0
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 29
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 2,049 295,076
2000 1,902 278,748
1990 1,318 246,744
1980 1,322 190,345
1970 1,044 138,951

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
935
Female
958

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
144
Age 5 to 19
415
Age 20 to 34
256
Age 35 to 54
738
Age 55 to 64
154
Age 65 and over
186
Median Age
38.7 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
94.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher
36.1%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $29,265
Median 4-person family income $72,679
Median household income $67,344

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$56,023
Female
$35,278

Families below the poverty level 3.4%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
940 1,108
Employed
898 1,065
Unemployed
42 43
Unemployment Rate
4.5% 3.9%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
46 37
Average Weekly Wage
$363 $588
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
159 188
Average Weekly Wage
$561 $705
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
206 225
Average Weekly Wage
$516 $686
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
46 63
Average Weekly Wage
$294 $485
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
251 288
Average Weekly Wage
$476 $642
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Kensington 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
1
Grade Levels
K 1-5
Total Enrollment
197
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 8
Nearest Community/Technical College: Stratham
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Exeter & Hampton Electric Electric service 40
James R. Rosencrantz & Son Farm, garden equipment 15+
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 84, 150
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exit 1
         Distance 5 miles
Railroad Yes
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 21 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 2

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
34 miles
Portland, ME
70 miles
Boston, MA
47 miles
New York City, NY
258 miles
Montreal, Quebec
289 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
85.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
3.7%
Public transportation
1.1%
Walked
1.4%
Other Means
0.4%
Worked at home
8.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.7 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
13%
Commuting to another NH community
47%
Commuting out-of-state
40%
   
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
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
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
   
Other:
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