Stratham New Hampshire Community Profile

 Stratham new hampshire community profile
Stratham, NH
Community Contact Town of Stratham
Paul R. Deschaine, Town Administrator
10 Bunker Hill Avenue
Stratham, NH 03885

Telephone (603) 772-7391
Fax (603) 775-0517
E-mail strathamta@comcast.net
Web Site www.strathamnh.org

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

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Portsmouth NH-ME Metro-NECTA, 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 23
State Representative
Rockingham County District 13
Incorporated: 1716

Origin: This territory was settled in 1631, a part of the Squamscott Patent granted to Edward Hilton, under the leadership of Captain Thomas Wiggin, who was called Governor. The settlement was called Squamscott, and was also known by the Indian name of Winnicutt. In 1695 the territory was annexed to Exeter, having been associated with Hampton prior to that. In 1716, residents petitioned for a separate incorporated town, which was granted. Stratham was sixth town to be incorporated in New Hampshire, and named for a friend of Governor Samuel Shute of Massachusetts, Wriothesley Russell, Baron Howland of Streatham.

Villages and Place Names:

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 882 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Stratham had the tenth largest percent change over 50 years, with the largest decennial percent change 99 percent between 1980 and 1990; the smallest, 28 percent between 1990 and 2000. Population change totaled 5,636, from 759 in 1950 to 6,395 in 2000. The 2005 Census estimate for Stratham was 7,098 residents, which ranked 45th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 469.4 persons per square mile of land area. Stratham contains 15.1 square miles of land area and 0.3 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $4,380,281
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance 1957/06
Master Plan 1998
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Library; Cemetery
Appointed:
Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Heritage; Recreation; Public Works

Public Library Wiggin Memorial

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Town Fire Insurance Rating 8/9
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 3 miles 100
Portsmouth Regional, Portsmouth 9 miles 209

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Exeter & Hampton; PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier Northern Utilities
Water Supplier 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 No
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2005 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $17.33
2005 Equalization Ratio 85.5
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.88

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
84.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings
12.5%
Other Property including Utilities
2.5%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 2,742
   
2005 Single-Family Units 2,013
Building Permits Issued
51
2005 Multi-Family Units 715
Building Permits Issued
0
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 14
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 7,098 295,076
2000 6,395 278,748
1990 4,994 246,744
1980 2,507 190,345
1970 1,512 138,951

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
3,094
Female
3,261

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
432
Age 5 to 19
1,538
Age 20 to 34
833
Age 35 to 54
2,494
Age 55 to 64
494
Age 65 and over
564
Median Age
37.9 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
96.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher
49.6%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $33,270
Median 4-person family income $81,391
Median household income $76,726

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$53,271
Female
$36,759

Families below the poverty level 0.5%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
3,056 3,914
Employed
2,965 3,795
Unemployed
91 119
Unemployment Rate
3.0% 3.0%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
426 416
Average Weekly Wage
$528 $970
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
1,952 2,712
Average Weekly Wage
$588 $1,162
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
2,379 3,128
Average Weekly Wage
$577 $1,137
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
230 506
Average Weekly Wage
$475 $692
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
2,609 3,634
Average Weekly Wage
$568 $1,075
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Stratham operates grades K-5; grades 6-12 are part of Exeter Region Cooperative (Brentwood, East Kingston, Exeter, Kensington, Newfields, Stratham) District: SAU 16
Career Technology Center(s): Seacoast School of Technology, Exeter Region: 18

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1 1 2
Grade Levels
P K 1-5 6-8 K-12
Total Enrollment
626 1,366
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 11 Total Capacity: 410
Nearest Community/Technical College: Stratham
Nearest Colleges or Universities: McIntosh; University of NH; Southern NH University; Franklin Pierce College
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Timberland Retail, outdoor sport equipment, catalog 650 1994
Shaw's Supermarket Supermarket 210 1975
Lindt Sprugli, Inc. Chocolate manufacturer 190 1990
Market Basket Supermarket 150 1981
Vitronics Soltec Computer assembly machinery 100 1998
Seacoast Newpapers Printing, publishing 70 1986
Bell & Flynn Sand, gravel, construction 44 1958
Staples Retailer, office products 25 2005
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 33, 101, 108
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exit 2
         Distance 6 miles
Railroad Amtrack, Boston & Maine
Public Transportation Yes

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Hampton Airfield
Runway
2,100 ft. turf
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Pease International Distance 10 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 2

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
32 miles
Portland, ME
67 miles
Boston, MA
53 miles
New York City, NY
264 miles
Montreal, Quebec
287 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
87.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
4.0%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
0.2%
Other Means
1.7%
Worked at home
6.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.2 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
19%
Commuting to another NH community
63%
Commuting out-of-state
17%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X 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
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X 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; Sunday River (ME)
   
Other: Stratham Fair; Lacross; Outdoor skating rink
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 08/01/06

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