Merrimack New Hampshire Community Profile

 Merrimack new hampshire community profile
Merrimack, NH
Community Contact Town of Merrimack
Walter Warren, Community Development Director
Town Office, PO Box 940
Merrimack, NH 03054

Telephone (603) 424-3531
Fax (603) 424-1408
E-mail wwarren@ci.merrimack.nh.us
Web Site www.ci.merrimack.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division, NH Portion
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Nashua Regional
Regional Development Gateway Industrial Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress
District 1
Executive Council
District 5
State Senate
District 9
State Representative
Hillsborough County District 19
Incorporated: 1746

Origin: This territory was part of the 1673 charter of Dunstable, a large Massachusetts grant that was divided nearly in half with the establishment of the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border in 1741. Though the first log cabin was built here about 1665, settlement did not begin until the 1720s. When the town was separated from Dunstable (Nashua) in 1746, it was incorporated as Merrimack, after the river. In 1766, a ferry concession was granted to Edward Lutwyche, to facilitate trade and traffic between Litchfield and Merrimack. In 1784, the ferry was granted to Revolutionary War patriot Matthew Thornton, an area still known as Thornton's Ferry. Matthew Thornton was a resident of Merrimack until his death in 1803.

Villages and Place Names: Reeds Ferry, Souhegan Village, South Merrimack, Thorntons Ferry

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 819 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Merrimack ranked fifth in both numeric and percent of population increase over 50 years, growing over 13 times larger. Population change totaled 23,359, from 1,908 in 1950 to 25,267 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was 188 percent between 1960 and 1970. The 2005 Census estimate for Merrimack was 26,652 residents, which ranked eighth among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 817.0 persons per square mile of land area. Merrimack contains 32.6 square miles of land area and 0.8 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Town Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2007 $25,548,851
Budget: School Appropriations, 2006-07 $57,334,325
Zoning Ordinance 1953/06
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Town Council; Library; Ethics; School
Appointed:
Planning; Zoning; Parks & Recreation; Conservation; Heritage

Public Library Merrimack Public

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 8 miles 188
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 9 miles 208
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester 10 miles 330

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier KeySpan
Water Supplier Pennichuck Water Works, Merrimack Village District

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
None
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
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) $23.07
2005 Equalization Ratio 81.2
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $18.57

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
79.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings
19.5%
Other Property including Utilities
1.0%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 9,718
   
2005 Single-Family Units 6,886
Building Permits Issued
34
2005 Multi-Family Units 2,614
Building Permits Issued
15
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 218
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 26,652 401,291
2000 25,267 382,384
1990 22,234 336,549
1980 15,406 276,608
1970 8,595 223,941

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
12,514
Female
12,605

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
1,731
Age 5 to 19
6,110
Age 20 to 34
4,219
Age 35 to 54
9,183
Age 55 to 64
2,275
Age 65 and over
1,601
Median Age
36 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
92.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher
35.0%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $27,748
Median 4-person family income $72,011
Median household income $68,817

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$51,725
Female
$31,528

Families below the poverty level 1.2%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
13,315 16,705
Employed
12,783 16,174
Unemployed
532 531
Unemployment Rate
4.0% 3.2%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
4,975 3,364
Average Weekly Wage
$962 $1,389
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
4,026 12,186
Average Weekly Wage
$480 $1,304
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
9,001 15,550
Average Weekly Wage
$746 $1,322
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
826 1,109
Average Weekly Wage
$570 $747
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
9,827 16,659
Average Weekly Wage
$731 $1,284
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Merrimack operates grades 1-12 District: SAU 26
Career Technology Center(s): Wilbur Palmer Voc. Tech. Center, Hudson; Milford HS; Nashua HS North Region: 16

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
4 1 1 3
Grade Levels
P 1-6 7-8 9-12 K-12
Total Enrollment
3,099 1,646
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 22 Total Capacity: 1,215
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Thomas More; Rivier; St. Anselm; Daniel Webster; Hesser
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Fidelity Investments Financial services 4,700 1996
Sanders Associates, Inc. (BAE) Defense systems 816 1988
PC Connections, Inc. Computer resale 960 1998
Kollsman Instrument Company Electra optics 500 1991
Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Malt beverages 531 1991
Nashua Corporation Office papers & computer disks 450 1973
Merrimack School District Education 800
St. Gobain PTFE coated fabrics 253 1984
Town of Merrimack Municipal services 215 1746
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 3
  State Routes 101A
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exit 11; I-293, Exit 3
         Distance 2 miles; 7 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Boire Field, Nashua
Runway
5,501 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 10 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
11 miles
Portland, ME
105 miles
Boston, MA
51 miles
New York City, NY
242 miles
Montreal, Quebec
269 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
87.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
7.8%
Public transportation
0.2%
Walked
0.5%
Other Means
0.5%
Worked at home
3.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.6 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
24%
Commuting to another NH community
61%
Commuting out-of-state
16%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
X YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
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
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre
   
Other: Anheuser-Busch Tours
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 06/23/06

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