Farmington, NH

Community Contact Farmington Board of Selectmen
Anthony Mincu, Town Administrator
356 Main Street, Municipal Offices
Farmington, NH 03835
Telephone (603) 755-2208
Fax (603) 755-9934
E-mail townfarm@metrocast.net
Web Site www.farmington.nh.us
Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 am - 5 pm, Thursday, 8:30 am - 7 pm, and Friday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
County Strafford
Labor Market Area Rochester-Dover NH-ME Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Wentworth Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress
District 1
Executive Council
District 2
State Senate
District 3
State Representative
Strafford County District 3
Incorporated: 1798
Origin: This town started as West Parish, a portion of Rochester that included several large farms. Those farms were separated from Rochester in 1798 as Farmington, a reference to the area's fertile farmland. It was also known as Farmington Dock because its location on the Cocheco River was an ideal spot for sawmills. Those sawmills expanded into shoe-making factories, one of the first places to use automated shoe-making machines instead of handwork. One Farmington resident known in the shoe trade was Jeremiah J. Colbath, who, after changing his name to Henry Wilson, was elected Vice-President under Ulysses S. Grant.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,029 residents in 1800
Population Trends:Population change for Farmington totaled 2,350 over 50 years, from 3,454 in 1950 to 5,804 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 29 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 23 percent increase over the next decade. The 2008 Census estimate for Farmington was 6,712 residents, which ranked 46th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 183.8 persons per square mile of land area. Farmington contains 36.5 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2008 $6,074,956
Budget: School Appropriations, not available
Zoning Ordinance 1979/08
Master Plan 2005
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen
Appointed:
Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery; Budget; Economic Development; Downtown

Public Library Goodwin

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Municipal

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 10 miles 70

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil Northern
Water Supplier Farmington Water Department

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
none
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
Yes
Recycling
Voluntary

Telephone Company Bayring; Union
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)
2008 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $16.92
2008 Equalization Ratio 96.5
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $16.14

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
86.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings
12.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
1.1%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 2,924
2008 Single-Family Units 1,818
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
7
2008 Multi-Family Units 564
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 542
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 6,712 121,914
2000 5,804 112,676
1990 5,706 104,348
1980 4,630 85,324
1970 3,588 70,431

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
2,866
Female
2,908

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
373
Age 5 to 19
1,393
Age 20 to 34
1,008
Age 35 to 54
1,912
Age 55 to 64
495
Age 65 and over
593
Median Age
36.1 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
73.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher
9.9%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $16,574
Median 4-person family income $44,788
Median household income $40,971

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$32,320
Female
$24,527

Families below the poverty level 6.3%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
2,966 3,513
Employed
2,867 3,345
Unemployed
99 168
Unemployment Rate
3.3% 4.8%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
n 249
Average Weekly Wage
n $903
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
n 408
Average Weekly Wage
n $537
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
1,624 657
Average Weekly Wage
$599 $676
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
248 369
Average Weekly Wage
$433 $657
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
1,872 1,026
Average Weekly Wage
$577 $669
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Farmington operates grades K-12 District:SAU 61
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 1 1
Grade Levels
P K 1-3 4-8 9-12
Total Enrollment
434 574 446
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:4 Total Capacity:145
Nearest Community/Technical College:Great Bay; Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities:University of NH

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Cameron's Sod Farm Lawn & garden supplies 40 1935
Pike Industries Asphalt, gravel, stone 40 1975
UTEL Inc. & Subsidiaries Telecommunications 44 1903
Samco Inc. Rubber rolls 32 1979
TD Bank Banking services 20 1927
Energy Resource Paper 1998
Three Phase Line Electric Specialized electrical contractor 1999
Spencer Johnston Machinery manufacturing
Holy Rosary Credit Union Banking services

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 11, 75, 153
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 15; I-95, Exit 5
Distance 7 miles; 26 miles
Railroad No
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
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 48 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 6

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
50 miles
Portland, ME
59 miles
Boston, MA
83 miles
New York City, NY
294 miles
Montreal, Quebec
264 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
79.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
15.2%
Public transportation
0.3%
Walked
1.6%
Other Means
1.4%
Worked at home
2.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
19%
Commuting to another NH community
71%
Commuting out-of-state
10%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
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
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):Gunstock
Other:Hayday Festival

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 09/16/09

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