Salem New Hampshire Community Profile

 Salem new hampshire community profile
Salem, NH
Community Contact Salem Planning Department
Ross Moldoff, Planning Director
33 Geremonty Drive
Salem, NH 03079

Telephone (603) 890-2080
Fax (603) 898-1223
E-mail rmoldoff@ci.salem.nh.us
Web Site www.townofsalemnh.org

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

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

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 3
State Senate
District 22
State Representative
Rockingham County District 4
Incorporated: 1750

Origin: This town was known as the North Parish of Methuen, Massachusetts, or Methuen District, a name used as early as 1736. In 1741, when the boundary line between Massachusetts and New Hampshire was established, the North Parish along with a portion of Dracut became part of New Hampshire, and named Salem, after nearby Salem, Massachusetts. The area was organized as a district without township privileges. Residents petitioned for a separate incorporation five different times before Governor Benning Wentworth chartered Salem as a town in 1750.

Villages and Place Names: Arlington Park, Canobie Lake, Cluffs Crossing, Cowbell Corners, Foster Corners, Hampshire Road, Millville, North Salem, Noyes Terrace, Pine Grove Park, Salem Depot, Wilson Corners, Mount Ararat

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,218 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Salem totaled 23,414 over 50 years, the fourth largest numeric change, from 4,805 in 1950 to 28,219 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was 119 percent between 1960 and 1970, this followed a 92 percent increase between 1950 and 1960. The 2005 Census estimate for Salem was 29,558 residents, which ranked sixth among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 1,191.9 persons per square mile of land area, the sixth highest among the cities and towns. Salem contains 24.8 square miles of land area and 1.1 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen/Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $36,400,000
Budget: School Appropriations, 2005 $45,500,000
Zoning Ordinance 1962/06
Master Plan 2001
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Director

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

Public Library Kelley

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Town Fire Insurance Rating 5/9
Emergency Medical Service Municipal

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Holy Family Hospital, Methuen MA 5 miles 249
Parkland Medical Center, Derry 13 miles 86

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier National Grid
Natural Gas Supplier Northern Utilities
Water Supplier Salem Water Dept.

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
Private
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) $22.06
2005 Equalization Ratio 52.0
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $11.44

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
69.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings
29.4%
Other Property including Utilities
1.0%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 12,010
   
2005 Single-Family Units 8,118
Building Permits Issued
28
2005 Multi-Family Units 3,016
Building Permits Issued
71
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 876
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 29,558 295,076
2000 28,219 278,748
1990 25,841 246,744
1980 24,124 190,345
1970 20,142 138,951

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
13,994
Female
14,118

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
1,783
Age 5 to 19
5,887
Age 20 to 34
4,749
Age 35 to 54
9,584
Age 55 to 64
2,869
Age 65 and over
3,240
Median Age
38.1 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
87.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher
25.4%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $26,170
Median 4-person family income $67,278
Median household income $58,090

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$46,330
Female
$31,031

Families below the poverty level 3.1%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
15,983 17,425
Employed
14,897 16,457
Unemployed
1,086 968
Unemployment Rate
6.8% 5.6%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
2,978 3,214
Average Weekly Wage
$727 $1,146
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
13,972 16,600
Average Weekly Wage
$455 $643
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
16,950 19,814
Average Weekly Wage
$503 $725
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
949 1,106
Average Weekly Wage
$618 $875
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
17,899 20,919
Average Weekly Wage
$509 $733
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Salem operates grades 1-12 District: SAU 57
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
6 1 1 3
Grade Levels
P 1-5 6-8 9-12 K-8
Total Enrollment
1,911 1,233 2,181
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 29 Total Capacity: 939
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Chester College of New England
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Hadco Corporation Printed circuit boards 360
Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Comprehensive physical rehab 300
JC Penney Co., Inc. Retail department store 200
Key Packaging Industries Corporation High density polyethylene 190
ServiceMaster In home & janitorial cleaning 170
Reliable Security Guard Agency Security guard services 135
Salem Haven, Inc. Elderly home 120
The Home Depot Building supply 100
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 28, 38, 97, 111
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 1 - 2
         Distance Local access
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 24 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
23 miles
Portland, ME
87 miles
Boston, MA
33 miles
New York City, NY
236 miles
Montreal, Quebec
279 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
88.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
6.9%
Public transportation
0.2%
Walked
1.0%
Other Means
0.9%
Worked at home
2.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.4 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
30%
Commuting to another NH community
18%
Commuting out-of-state
51%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Cinemas
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
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre
   
Other: Rockingham Park; Canobie Lake Park; Salem Town Forest; Americas Stonehenge
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 07/26/06

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