Nashua New Hampshire Community Profile

 Nashua new hampshire community profile
Nashua, NH
Community Contact City of Nashua
Jay Minkarah, Economic Development Director
229 Main Street, PO Box 2019
Nashua, NH 03061-2019

Telephone (603) 589-3098
Fax (603) 589-3119
E-mail Minkarahj@ci.nashua.nh.us
Web Site www.gonashua.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 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 2 (All Wards)
Executive Council
District 5 (All Wards)
State Senate
District 12 (Wards 1, 2, 5, & 9), and 13 (Wards 3, 4, 6, 7, & 8)
State Representative
Hillsborough County Districts 20 (Ward 1), 21 (Ward 2), 22 (Ward 3), 23 (Ward 4), 24 (Ward 6), 25 (Ward 7), and 26 (Wards 5, 8, & 9)
Incorporated: 1746

Origin: Originally part of a 1673 grant to Edward Tyng of Dunstable, England, the 200 square mile area, called Dunstable, included Nashua, Tyngsboro MA, and all or part of ten other towns. In 1741, Dunstable was cut in half when the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border was established. The northern half kept the name Dunstable. In 1836 the town took the Nashua River's name, a Nashaway Indian word for 'beautiful river with a pebbly bottom' and 'land between two rivers.' In 1842, the town was divided again, with the section north of the Nashua River incorporated as Nashville. The two sections rejoined when Nashua was incorporated as a city in 1853. Nashua became a manufacturing center, powered by the Middlesex Canal which connected the Merrimack River to Boston.

Villages and Place Names: Nashville Historic District, French Hill, Crown Hill, North End.

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 632 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Nashua ranked first in numeric population change, totaling 52,113 over 50 years, from 34,669 in 1950 to 86,782 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was 43 percent between 1960 and 1970; the smallest, nine percent between 1990 and 2000. The 2005 Census estimate for Nashua was 87,321 residents, which ranked second among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 2,839.7 persons per square mile of land area, the second highest among the cities and towns. Nashua contains 30.8 square miles of land area and 1.0 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Mayor & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2007 $215,735,815
Budget: School Appropriations, 2007 $80,791,428
Zoning Ordinance 1930/06
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Aldermen; School; Public Works; Fire
Appointed:
Planning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery; Zoning; Business & Industrial Dev; Housing Authority

Public Library Nashua Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Town Fire Insurance Rating 2
Emergency Medical Service Municipal

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua Local 188
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua Local 208

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier KeySpan
Water Supplier Pennichuck Water Works

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

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) $16.32
2005 Equalization Ratio 99.2
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $16.02

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
69.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings
28.6%
Other Property including Utilities
1.9%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 36,593
   
2005 Single-Family Units 16,737
Building Permits Issued
119
2005 Multi-Family Units 18,966
Building Permits Issued
111
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 890
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 87,321 401,291
2000 86,782 382,384
1990 79,937 336,549
1980 67,865 276,608
1970 55,820 223,941

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
42,775
Female
43,830

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
5,644
Age 5 to 19
17,735
Age 20 to 34
18,734
Age 35 to 54
27,055
Age 55 to 64
7,395
Age 65 and over
10,042
Median Age
35.8 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
86.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher
31.5%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $25,209
Median 4-person family income $61,102
Median household income $51,969

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$43,893
Female
$29,171

Families below the poverty level 5.0%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
44,276 50,258
Employed
42,188 48,138
Unemployed
2,088 2,120
Unemployment Rate
4.7% 4.2%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
12,420 10,614
Average Weekly Wage
$857 $1,387
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
31,042 36,953
Average Weekly Wage
$470 $731
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
43,462 47,568
Average Weekly Wage
$581 $877
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
3,439 4,653
Average Weekly Wage
$735 $963
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
46,901 52,220
Average Weekly Wage
$592 $885
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Nashua operates grades K-12 District: SAU 42
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
12 4 2 8
Grade Levels
P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 K-12
Total Enrollment
7,027 3,249 3,081
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 58 Total Capacity: 3,811
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Daniel Webster; Rivier; Thomas More
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
BAE Systems North America Tactical communications/surveillance 4,000+
Southern NH Medical Center Health care 1,000+
St. Joseph Hospital & Trauma Center Health care 1,000+
City of Nashua Municipal services 1,000+
Hewlett-Packard Computer software 500+/-
Oxford Health Plans Health insurance plan provider 500+/-
Oracle Corporation Software services provider 250+
Skillsoft Internet-based training courses & software 250+
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 3
  State Routes 101A, 111, 111A, 130,
101A Bypass
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exits 1 - 8;
I-93, Exit 3
         Distance Local access; 11 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation Yes

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 18 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
18 miles
Portland, ME
106 miles
Boston, MA
43 miles
New York City, NY
234 miles
Montreal, Quebec
276 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
83.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
9.2%
Public transportation
1.5%
Walked
2.5%
Other Means
0.7%
Worked at home
2.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 24.7 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
47%
Commuting to another NH community
26%
Commuting out-of-state
26%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
X YMCA/YWCA
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X 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
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
X Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak
   
Other: Holiday Stroll; Summer Fun Series; Indoor rock climbing; Indoor sky jumping
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 08/04/06

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