Portsmouth New Hampshire Community Profile

 Portsmouth new hampshire community profile
Portsmouth, NH
Community Contact Portsmouth Economic Development Commission
Nancy Carmer, Economic Dev Program Mgr.
1 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Telephone (603) 610-7220
Fax (603) 427-1593
E-mail cityofportsmouth.com
Web Site http://cityofportsmouth.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Portsmouth NH-ME Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Coastal Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress
District 1 (All Wards)
Executive Council
District 3 (All Wards)
State Senate
District 24 (All Wards)
State Representative
Rockingham County District 16 (All Wards)
Incorporated: 1631

Origin: This territory was a part of the original land grant to John Mason and Francisco Gorges in 1622. A township grant was issued by the council of Plymouth (MA) in 1631 which covered what is now Portsmouth and the harbor, Greenland, Rye, New Castle, and Newington. First called Piscataqua, the settlement became known as Strawberry Banke because of the wild strawberries that were found there. The name Portsmouth was adopted in 1653 to honor John Mason, Captain of the Port in Portsmouth, England, and because it was a good harbor situated at the river's mouth. Already an important center of trade and shipping, Portsmouth became capitol of the province of
New Hampshire in 1679, and was incorporated as a city in 1849.

Villages and Place Names: Atlantic Heights, Christian Shore, Creek Area, Elwyn Park, Meadowbrook, Pannaway Manor, Portsmouth Plains, Haymarket Square, Sagamore Hill, Strawberry Banke

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 4,720 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Portsmouth totaled 1,992 over 50 years, from 18,830 in 1950 to 20,822 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 43 percent increase between 1950 and1960; population declined by 21 percent between 1990 and 2000. The 2005 Census estimate for Portsmouth was 20,674 residents, which ranked 13th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 1,319.3 persons per square mile of land area, the third highest among the cities and towns. Portsmouth contains 15.7 square miles of land area and 1.1 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government City Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2005 $40,633,966
Budget: School Appropriations, 2005 $29,038,236
Zoning Ordinance 1927/02
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Dept.

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
City Council; School; Police
Appointed:
Planning; Conservation; Library; Economic Dev.; Historic District; Zoning

Public Library Portsmouth Athenaeum; Portsmouth Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Town Fire Insurance Rating 4
Emergency Medical Service Municipal

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Portsmouth Regional, Portsmouth Local 209

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier Northern Utilities
Water Supplier Portsmouth Water Department

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
Municipal
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) $17.60
2005 Equalization Ratio 82.4
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.19

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
55.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings
40.8%
Other Property including Utilities
3.9%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 10495
   
2005 Single-Family Units 4,199
Building Permits Issued
11
2005 Multi-Family Units 6,017
Building Permits Issued
66
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 279
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 20,674 295,076
2000 20,822 278,748
1990 26,252 246,744
1980 26,254 190,345
1970 25,717 138,951

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
10,099
Female
10,685

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
1,009
Age 5 to 19
2,864
Age 20 to 34
5,189
Age 35 to 54
6,476
Age 55 to 64
1,862
Age 65 and over
3,384
Median Age
38.5 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
91.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher
41.9%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $27,540
Median 4-person family income $59,630
Median household income $45,195

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$41,966
Female
$29,024

Families below the poverty level 6.4%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
12,355 13,548
Employed
11,999 13,112
Unemployed
356 436
Unemployment Rate
2.9% 3.2%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
1,877 2,715
Average Weekly Wage
$645 $978
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
17,860 24,264
Average Weekly Wage
$500 $911
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
19,737 26,979
Average Weekly Wage
$514 $918
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
1,662 1,808
Average Weekly Wage
$583 $876
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
21,399 28,787
Average Weekly Wage
$519 $915
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Portsmouth operates grades K-12 District: SAU 52
Career Technology Center(s): Portsmouth High School Region: 19

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
4 1 1 1
Grade Levels
P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 K-8
Total Enrollment
1,035 548 1,113
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 22 Total Capacity: 1,280
Nearest Community/Technical College: Stratham
Nearest Colleges or Universities: McIntosh; University of NH
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Liberty Mutual Insurance Insurance services 1,800 1969
Columbia HCA Hospital Health care, services 1,020 1987
City of Portsmouth Municipal services 937
Lonza Biologies Biotechnology 500
Demoulas Market Basket Supermarket 425
Erie Scientific/Sybron Lab Products Laboratory equipment 350 1978
US Dept. of State, National Passport Center Passport services 330
Pan Am Airlines/ Boston-Maine Airways Airline 300
Shaws Supermarket 270
US Dept. of State, National Visa Center Visa services 215
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 1, 4
  State Routes 1A, 1B, 16, 33, 1 Bypass
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exits 3 - 7
         Distance Local access
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation Yes

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Pease International
Runway
11,321 ft. asphalt/concrete
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Pease International Distance Local
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 2

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
45 miles
Portland, ME
51 miles
Boston, MA
57 miles
New York City, NY
268 miles
Montreal, Quebec
294 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
80.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
6.4%
Public transportation
1.5%
Walked
4.9%
Other Means
1.3%
Worked at home
5.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 21.5 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
51%
Commuting to another NH community
33%
Commuting out-of-state
16%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
X YMCA/YWCA
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
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
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
   
Other: Strawbery Banke; Harbor & Isles of Shoals Cruises; Historic Homes; Fish Pier; Trolley; Sailing; Kayaking; Music Festival; Shopping
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 06/28/06

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