Somersworth New Hampshire Community Profile

Somersworth new hampshire community profile
Somersworth, NH
Community Contact Somersworth Dept of Development Services
Craig Wheeler
1 Government Way
Somersworth, NH 03878

Telephone (603) 692-9519
Fax (603) 692-9575
E-mail cwheeler@somersworth.com
Web Site www.somersworth.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 am - 5 pm, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 am - 5 pm

County Strafford
Labor Market Area Rochester-Dover NH-ME Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Southeast Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress
District 1 (All Wards)
Executive Council
District 2 (All Wards)
State Senate
District 6 (All Wards)
State Representative
Strafford County District 2 (All Wards)
Incorporated: 1754

Origin: This territory was first settled about 1650 when it was part of Dover. It was made a separate parish in 1729, called Summersworth. In 1753, residents petitioned Governor Benning Wentworth for a separate township. The town was incorporated as Somersworth in 1754. In 1849, the town was divided nearly in half when the southern portion was incorporated as Rollinsford. Somersworth was incorporated as a city in 1893. Situated on the Salmon River, Somersworth has been home to many gristmills, sawmills, and cotton and woolen making establishments.

Villages and Place Names:

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 943 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Somersworth totaled 4,578 over 50 years, from 6,927 in 1950 to 11,505 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 23 percent increase between 1950 and 1960; the smallest, a three percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2005 Census estimate for Somersworth was 11,720 residents, which ranked 25th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 1,194.7 persons per square mile of land area, the fifth highest among the cities and towns. Somersworth contains 9.8 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government City Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2004 $28,394,302
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance 1953/05
Master Plan 2000
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
City Council
Appointed:
Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery

Public Library Somersworth 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
Wentworth-Douglass, Dover 4 miles 178
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 6 miles 112

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier Northern Utilities
Water Supplier Municipal

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
Private
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
Yes
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) $19.61
2005 Equalization Ratio 88.5
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $17.32

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
75.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings
23.3%
Other Property including Utilities
1.1%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 5,133
   
2005 Single-Family Units 2,360
Building Permits Issued
64
2005 Multi-Family Units 2,267
Building Permits Issued
1
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 506
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 11,720 119,015
2000 11,505 112,676
1990 11,200 104,348
1980 10,350 85,408
1970 9,026 70,431

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
5,521
Female
5,956

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
832
Age 5 to 19
2,449
Age 20 to 34
2,482
Age 35 to 54
3,446
Age 55 to 64
895
Age 65 and over
1,373
Median Age
34.9 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
84.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher
18.8%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $19,592
Median 4-person family income $47,933
Median household income $42,739

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$36,585
Female
$25,804

Families below the poverty level 6.3%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
6,333 6,468
Employed
6,090 6,238
Unemployed
243 230
Unemployment Rate
3.8% 3.6%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
2,103 1,180
Average Weekly Wage
$590 $834
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
2,257 3,196
Average Weekly Wage
$391 $619
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
4,360 4,375
Average Weekly Wage
$487 $677
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
431 534
Average Weekly Wage
$455 $613
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
4,791 4,909
Average Weekly Wage
$484 $670
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Somersworth operates grades K-12 District: SAU 56
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
2 1 1 3
Grade Levels
P K 1-4 5-8 9-12 K-12
Total Enrollment
621 588 600
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 6 Total Capacity: 299
Nearest Community/Technical College: Stratham
Nearest Colleges or Universities: McIntosh; University of NH
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Wal-Mart Department store 400+/-
General Electric Co. Manufacturing, meter control division 300+/-
Somersworth School Department Education 291
Trelleborg Palmer-Chenard Manufacturing, rubber products 200+/-
Market Basket Supermarket 180
Velcro Hook & loop products 129+/-
Busy Bee Janitorial Services Janitorial services 120+/-
The Works Athletic Club Physical fitness/wellness center 120+/-
General Linen Laundry facility 116
City of Somersworth Municipal services 114+/-
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 16A, 16B, 108, 236
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 9;
I-95, Exit 5
         Distance 4 miles; 17 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation Yes

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Skyhaven, Rochester
Runway
4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Pease International Distance 16 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 2

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
46 miles
Portland, ME
49 miles
Boston, MA
72 miles
New York City, NY
283 miles
Montreal, Quebec
278 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
85.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
9.3%
Public transportation
0.8%
Walked
2.1%
Other Means
1.2%
Worked at home
1.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.8 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
20%
Commuting to another NH community
69%
Commuting out-of-state
11%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
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
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
   
Other: Heritage Festival; Pumpkin Festival; Childrens Festival; Racquetball; Walking Trails; Baseball/Softball Fields; Basketball Courts; Childrens Playground
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 06/28/06

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