Strafford New Hampshire Community Profile

Strafford new hampshire community profile
Strafford, NH
Community Contact Town of Strafford
Stephen Leighton, Chairman
PO Box 23
Center Strafford, NH 03815

Telephone (603) 664-2192
Fax (603) 664-7276
E-mail not available
Web Site not available

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Wednesday, 9 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk: Monday, 9 am - 1 pm and 4 pm - 7 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, 9 am - 2:30 pm, and Thursday, 9 am - 12 noon

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

Election Districts
US Congress
District 1
Executive Council
District 2
State Senate
District 4
State Representative
Strafford County District 3
Incorporated: 1820

Origin: This territory was for a long time part of Barrington, and settled prior to the Revolution. It was incorporated as a separate town in 1820, taking its name from the county in which it is located. Earl of Strafford was a title of the Wentworth family in England. Strafford, Vermont is also named for the family. The name was adopted by a state militia company in Dover, the Strafford Guards, who later became part of the New Hampshire National Guard. The company served as escort for the Marquis de Lafayette on his visit to America, and saw service in the Civil War.

Villages and Place Names: Berrys Corner, Bow Lake Village, Center Strafford, Hills Corner, Leighton Corners, Strafford Corner, Welshs Corner

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 2,144 residents in 1820

Population Trends: Population change for Strafford totaled 2,879 over 50 years, from 770 in 1950 to 3,649 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 77 percent increase between 1980 and 1990, which followed a 72 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2005 Census estimate for Strafford was 3,979 residents, which tied with Northwood in ranking 93rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 81.3 persons per square mile of land area. Strafford contains 49.0 square miles of land area and 2.2 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2004 $1,438,984
Budget: School Appropriations, 2004-2005 $8,166,348
Zoning Ordinance 1970/05
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Hill

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 10 miles 112

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells

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; Union
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
unknown
Residential
unknown

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2005 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $19.57
2005 Equalization Ratio 88.5
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $17.31

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
98.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings
0.7%
Other Property including Utilities
1.1%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 1,770
   
2005 Single-Family Units 1,585
Building Permits Issued
28
2005 Multi-Family Units 86
Building Permits Issued
0
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 99
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 3,979 119,015
2000 3,649 112,676
1990 2,936 104,348
1980 1,663 85,324
1970 965 70,431

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
1,814
Female
1,812

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
212
Age 5 to 19
953
Age 20 to 34
486
Age 35 to 54
1,424
Age 55 to 64
272
Age 65 and over
279
Median Age
37.4 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
92.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher
28.5%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $23,500
Median 4-person family income $62,238
Median household income $59,044

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$40,423
Female
$30,524

Families below the poverty level 1.0%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
1,680 2,348
Employed
1,625 2,278
Unemployed
55 70
Unemployment Rate
3.3% 3.0%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
n 120
Average Weekly Wage
n $644
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
n 57
Average Weekly Wage
n $723
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
58 177
Average Weekly Wage
$387 $670
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
119 146
Average Weekly Wage
$394 $461
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
177 323
Average Weekly Wage
$392 $576
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Strafford operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Coe-Brown Academy (Northwood) District: SAU 44
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
1
Grade Levels
K 1-8
Total Enrollment
506
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 15
Nearest Community/Technical College: Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: McIntosh; University of NH
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
David R. Whitcher, Builder Building contractor 25 1971
Strafford Machine & Welding Job machine shop 5 1974
Amusement Media, Inc. Media & Marketing 5 1997
Isinglass Country Store Country store 3 1985
Strafford Insulating Technologies Insulation 1 1985
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 126, 202A
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 16;
I-95, Exit 5
         Distance 9 miles; 29 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

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 30 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 2

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
37 miles
Portland, ME
62 miles
Boston, MA
77 miles
New York City, NY
294 miles
Montreal, Quebec
275 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
86.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
10.8%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
0.0%
Other Means
0.0%
Worked at home
2.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 36.6 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
9%
Commuting to another NH community
84%
Commuting out-of-state
7%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
   
Other:
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