Northwood New Hampshire Community Profile

 Northwood new hampshire community profile
Northwood, NH
Community Contact Town of Northwood
Scott R. Bryer, Chairman
818 First NH Turnpike
Northwood, NH 03261

Telephone (603) 942-5586
Fax (603) 942-9107
E-mail administration@town.northwood.nh.us
Web Site www.town.northwood.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, and the second and last Saturday of each month, 9 am - 12 noon

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Unattached Area - Town of Northwood
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Rockingham Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress
District 1
Executive Council
District 2
State Senate
District 17
State Representative
Rockingham County District 1
Incorporated: 1773

Origin: This territory was first settled in 1763, and known as the North Woods, a parish of Nottingham. It was incorporated as a separate town upon agreement with Nottingham in 1773. In 1791, the General Court of New Hampshire authorized a committee to survey and lay out a road between Durham and Concord, which became the First New Hampshire Turnpike. The road runs the length of Northwood, and the town's many taverns accommodated travelers. At one time, there were some 12 sawmills in the town, five of which were replaced by shoe factories.

Villages and Place Names: Northwood Center, Northwood Narrows, Northwood Ridge

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 744 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Northwood totaled 2,690 over 50 years, from 966 in 1950 to 3,656 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was 47 percent between 1960 to 1970, followed by increases of 43 and 44 percent over the next two decades. The 2005 Census estimate for Northwood was 3,979 residents, which tied with Strafford in ranking 93rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 141.5 persons per square mile of land area. Northwood contains 28.1 square miles of land area and 2.1 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $2,812,079
Budget: School Appropriations, 2006 $9,334,237
Zoning Ordinance 1968/06
Master Plan 1998
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Cemetery; Library; Police; Trust Funds
Appointed:
Conservation; Cable; Emergency Mgmnt; Highway; Recreation

Public Library Chesley Memorial

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full & part-time
Town Fire Insurance Rating 9/10
Emergency Medical Service Municipal

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 17 miles 112
Concord Hospital, Concord 20 miles 295

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop.
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Northwood Ridge Water District;
Private wells

Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
None
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Mandatory

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) $15.19
2005 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.10

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
89.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings
9.5%
Other Property including Utilities
0.8%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 2,185
   
2005 Single-Family Units 1,658
Building Permits Issued
37
2005 Multi-Family Units 250
Building Permits Issued
31
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 277
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 3,979 295,076
2000 3,656 278,748
1990 3,127 246,744
1980 2,175 190,345
1970 1,525 138,951

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
1,823
Female
1,817

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
223
Age 5 to 19
862
Age 20 to 34
616
Age 35 to 54
1,284
Age 55 to 64
326
Age 65 and over
329
Median Age
36.9 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
90.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher
23.9%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $21,491
Median 4-person family income $53,953
Median household income $50,675

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$36,161
Female
$27,721

Families below the poverty level 1.5%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
1,880 2,223
Employed
1,806 2,151
Unemployed
74 72
Unemployment Rate
3.9% 3.2%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
129 199
Average Weekly Wage
$506 $717
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
302 656
Average Weekly Wage
$363 $496
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
431 855
Average Weekly Wage
$406 $547
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
113 176
Average Weekly Wage
$350 $520
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
543 1,031
Average Weekly Wage
$394 $542
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Northwood operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Coe-Brown Academy (Northwood) District: SAU 44
Career Technology Center(s): Dover Voc. Center; Somersworth Reg. Voc. Center; Creteau Voc. Center, Rochester Region: 12

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1 1
Grade Levels
K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment
478 680
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 7 Total Capacity: 185
Nearest Community/Technical College: Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
American Traditional Design Stencils, scrapbook & paper crafting products 40 1982
DR Dimes Co. Chairs 30
Harding Metals Junkyard 30
Weather Guard, Inc. Mobile home additions 14
American Calan Inc. Agriculture research equipment 10 1973
New England Signal Street lighting 10
TD Banknorth Banking 9
Noel's Bird Feeders Bird feeder manufacturing 4 1969
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 4, 202
  State Routes 9, 152, 202A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 15; I-95, Exit 5
         Distance 18 miles, 26 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Concord Municipal
Runway
6,005 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 30 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
28 miles
Portland, ME
78 miles
Boston, MA
74 miles
New York City, NY
282 miles
Montreal, Quebec
266 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
85.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
6.5%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
1.1%
Other Means
0.4%
Worked at home
6.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.5 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
19%
Commuting to another NH community
74%
Commuting out-of-state
7%
   
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
X Museums
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
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Ragged Mountain, Gunstock
   
Other: Northwood Meadows State Park; antiques
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 07/26/06

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