Pelham New Hampshire Community Profile

 Pelham new hampshire community profile
Pelham, NH
Community Contact Pelham Planning Department
Jeff Gowan, Planning Director
6 Village Green
Pelham, NH 03076

Telephone (603) 635-7811
Fax (603) 635-6954
E-mail planning@pelhamweb.com
Web Site www.pelhamweb.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: also Tuesday until 7 pm

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

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 4
State Senate
District 22
State Representative
Hillsborough County District 27
Incorporated: 1746

Origin: This territory was settled in 1722, when it was a part of Old Dunstable, which included all or part of what is now 12 towns in two states. When the New Hampshire-Massachusetts boundary line was set in 1741, Old Dunstable was split in half, with the northern half retaining the name Dunstable. Pelham was incorporated in 1746 from parts of Dunstable and Dracut, Massachusetts. The town takes its name from Henry Pelham, Prime Minister of England, a relation of Governor Benning Wentworth, and younger brother of Thomas Pelham-Holles.

Villages and Place Names: North Pelham

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 791 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Pelham totaled 9,689 over 50 years, from 1,317 in 1950 to 11,006 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 108 percent increase between 1960 and 1970, which followed a 98 percent increase between 1950 and 1960. The 2005 Census estimate for Pelham was 12,474 residents, which ranked 24th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 474.7 persons per square mile of land area. Pelham contains 26.3 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2003 $4,104,270
Budget: School Appropriations, not available
Zoning Ordinance 1955/06
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board/Consultant

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; (Planning Board as of 4/07)
Appointed:
Planning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery; Zoning

Public Library Pelham Public

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Saints Memorial, Lowell MA 7 miles 150
Lowell General, Lowell MA 7 miles 231
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 10 miles 188

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Natl. Grid; PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier Tennessee Gas
Water Supplier PEU/Williamsburg

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
unknown
Residential
unknown

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2005 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $31.25
2005 Equalization Ratio 43.9
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $13.74

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
91.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings
6.4%
Other Property including Utilities
2.3%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 4,371
   
2005 Single-Family Units 3,814
Building Permits Issued
38
2005 Multi-Family Units 530
Building Permits Issued
6
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 27
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 12,474 401,291
2000 11,006 382,384
1990 9,428 336,549
1980 8,090 276,608
1970 5,408 223,941

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
5,423
Female
5,491

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
804
Age 5 to 19
2,577
Age 20 to 34
1,824
Age 35 to 54
3,888
Age 55 to 64
967
Age 65 and over
854
Median Age
36 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
87.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher
24.7%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $25,158
Median 4-person family income $73,365
Median household income $68,608

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$47,685
Female
$33,375

Families below the poverty level 1.6%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
5,910 7,015
Employed
5,512 6,651
Unemployed
398 364
Unemployment Rate
6.7% 5.2%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
218 505
Average Weekly Wage
$515 $828
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
1,011 1,135
Average Weekly Wage
$368 $600
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
1,228 1,641
Average Weekly Wage
$394 $670
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
309 451
Average Weekly Wage
$508 $646
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
1,538 2,091
Average Weekly Wage
$417 $665
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Pelham operates grades 1-12 District: SAU 28
Career Technology Center(s): Pinkerton Academy, Derry; Salem High School Vocational Center Region: 17

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1 1 1 1
Grade Levels
R 1-5 5-8 9-12 K-8
Total Enrollment
856 552 639
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 14 Total Capacity: 727
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Daniel Webster; Rivier
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
National Northeast Aluminum extrusion 300 1997
Pelham School District Education 258
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 85 1996
Quality Assured Cable Cabling 70 1997
Chunky's Cinema Cinema 50 1997
Yarde Metals Metal stock wholesaler 25
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 38, 111A, 128
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 1 - 2
         Distance 6 miles
Railroad No
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 25 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
25 miles
Portland, ME
97 miles
Boston, MA
36 miles
New York City, NY
231 miles
Montreal, Quebec
282 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
86.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
8.3%
Public transportation
1.0%
Walked
0.7%
Other Means
1.0%
Worked at home
2.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.2 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
14%
Commuting to another NH community
31%
Commuting out-of-state
55%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
X Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
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
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): McIntyre
   
Other:
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