Plaistow New Hampshire Community Profile

 Plaistow new hampshire community profile
Plaistow, NH
Community Contact Plaistow Board of Selectmen
Ruth Jenne, Selectmen's Executive Secretary
145 Main Street
Plaistow, NH 03865

Telephone (603) 382-8469 or 382-5200
Fax (603) 382-7183
E-mail tmsecretary@plaistow.com
Web Site www.plaistow.com

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

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Haverhill MA-NH NECTA Division, NH Portion
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Rockingham Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress
District 1
Executive Council
District 3
State Senate
District 22
State Representative
Rockingham County District 8
Incorporated: 1749

Origin: This territory was part of the 1642 land purchase that was Haverhill, Massachusetts. When the New Hampshire-Massachusetts boundary was established in 1741, the portion north of the border became the Haverhill District. The town was incorporated as Plastow in 1749, and included Atkinson, which was separated in 1767. The spelling was changed later. The name may have come from the English plaistowe, meaning an open space or greenwood, near the center of a village where the maypole stood and where sports at holiday times were carried on.

Villages and Place Names: Westville

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 521 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Plaistow totaled 5,681 over 50 years, from 2,082 in 1950 to 7,763 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 62 percent increase between 1960 and 1970; the smallest, a seven percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2005 Census estimate for Plaistow was 7,769 residents, which ranked 39th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 732.9 persons per square mile of land area. Plaistow contains 10.6 square miles of land area and 0 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen/Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $7,006,083
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance 1956/06
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Plaistow Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time & On call
Town Fire Insurance Rating 4/9
Emergency Medical Service Municipal

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Merrimack Valley, Haverhill, MA 7 miles 129
Parkland Medical Center, Derry 15 miles 86
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 16 miles 100

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier Northern Utilities, Bay State Gas
Water Supplier Pennichuck & Private wells

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

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) $16.64
2005 Equalization Ratio 96.0
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.90

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
74.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings
23.4%
Other Property including Utilities
2.2%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 2,996
   
2005 Single-Family Units 1849
Building Permits Issued
3
2005 Multi-Family Units 1,130
Building Permits Issued
3
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 17
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 7,769 295,076
2000 7,763 278,748
1990 7,284 246,744
1980 5,609 190,345
1970 4,712 138,951

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
3,788
Female
3,959

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
527
Age 5 to 19
1,639
Age 20 to 34
1,356
Age 35 to 54
2,709
Age 55 to 64
735
Age 65 and over
781
Median Age
37.4 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
91.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher
24.1%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $25,255
Median 4-person family income $66,852
Median household income $61,707

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$45,756
Female
$31,657

Families below the poverty level 2.1%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
4,520 4,354
Employed
4,209 4,130
Unemployed
311 224
Unemployment Rate
6.9% 5.1%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
479 594
Average Weekly Wage
$628 $902
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
3,164 3,540
Average Weekly Wage
$331 $541
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
3,643 4,133
Average Weekly Wage
$370 $593
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
565 977
Average Weekly Wage
$492 $772
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
4,209 5,110
Average Weekly Wage
$386 $627
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Grades 1-12 are part of Timberlane Regional (Atkinson, Danville, Plaistow, Sandown) District: SAU 55
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
Grade Levels
P 1-5 6-8 9-12
Total Enrollment
589 1,218 1,404
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 5 Total Capacity: 230
Nearest Community/Technical College: Stratham
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Chester College of New England; Northern Essex (MA); University of NH
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Timberlane Regional School District Education 455 1963
Market Basket Supermarket 225 1978
Wal-Mart Department store 222 1993
Shaw's Supermarket Supermarket 160 1992
Scandia Plastics Custom plastic extrusions 70 1971
Family Bank Banking 20 1967
Bank of America Banking 12 1916
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 108, 121A, 125
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-495 (MA), Exit 51
         Distance 3 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Lawrence (MA) Municipal
Runway
5,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 36 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
35 miles
Portland, ME
83 miles
Boston, MA
39 miles
New York City, NY
242 miles
Montreal, Quebec
292 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
86.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
5.9%
Public transportation
2.1%
Walked
1.9%
Other Means
0.6%
Worked at home
3.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
20%
Commuting to another NH community
22%
Commuting out-of-state
58%
   
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
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Cinemas
X 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
X Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Bradford (MA)
   
Other: Hiking Trails; Band Concerts
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 06/28/06

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