Town of Northwood NH

Community Profile

Town of Northwood
818 First NH Turnpike
Northwood, NH 03261


Northwood, NH

northwood New Hampshire Community ProfileCommunity ContactTown of Northwood
Neil Irvine, Town Administrator
818 First NH Turnpike
Northwood, NH 03261
Telephone(603) 942-5586 x2020
Fax(603) 942-9107
Municipal Office HoursTown Hall, Selectmen Office: Monday through Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4pm, Saturday 1st & 3rd of each month 8:30am-11:30am unless noted change on website
Labor Market AreaRaymond, NH LMA
Tourism RegionMerrimack Valley
Planning CommissionStrafford Regional
Regional DevelopmentRegional Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US CongressDistrict District 2
Executive CouncilDistrict District 4
State SenateDistrict District 17
State RepresentativeRockingham County District 1

Incorporated: 1773
Origin: This territory was first settled in 1763, and known as the North Woods, a parish of Nottingham. It was incorporated as a separate town upon agreement with Nottingham in 1773. In 1791, the General Court of New Hampshire authorized a committee to survey and lay out a road between Durham and Concord, which became the First New Hampshire Turnpike. The road runs the length of Northwood, and the town's many taverns accommodated travelers. At one time, there were some 12 sawmills in the town, five of which were replaced by shoe factories.
Villages and Place Names: Northwood Center, Northwood Narrows, Northwood Ridge
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 744 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Northwood totaled 2,489 over 41 years, from 2,175 in 1980 to 4,664 in 2021. The largest decennial percent change was a 44 percent increase between 1980 to 1990. The 2021 Census estimate for Northwood was 4,664 residents, which ranked 81st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 165.8 persons per square mile of land area. Northwood contains 28.1 square miles of land area and 2.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of GovernmentSelectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2019$10,342,335
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021$11,680,919
Zoning Ordinance1968/17
Master Plan2004
Capitol Improvement PlanYes
Industrial Plans Reviewed ByPlanning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Cemetery; Library; Police; Trust Funds
Appointed:Conservation; Cable; Emergency Management; Highway; Recreation
Public LibraryChesley Memorial

Emergency Services
Police DepartmentFull-time
Fire DepartmentFull & part-time
Emergency Medical ServiceFull & part-time
Nearest Hospital(s)DistanceStaffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester17 miles23
Concord Hospital, Concord20 miles238

Electric SupplierEversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas SupplierNone
Water SupplierNorthwood Ridge Water District; Private wells
SanitationPrivate septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment PlantNo
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone CompanyConsolidated Communications; Metrocast
Cellular Telephone AccessYes
Cable Television AccessYes
Public Access Television StationYes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)Property Taxes
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value)$15.47
2021 Equalization Ratio78.5
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value)$11.96
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings85.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings12.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.0%

(ACS 2016-2020)Housing
Total Housing Units2,200
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached1,749
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
Two to Four Units in Structure119
Five or More Units in Structure56
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units276
(US Census Bureau)Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total PopulationCommunityCounty
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2016-2020
Population by Gender
Male: 1,989Female: 2,327
Population by Age Group
Under age 5227
Age 5 to 19611
Age 20 to 34768
Age 35 to 541,100
Age 55 to 64682
Age 65 and over928
Median Age44.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher94.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher34.6%

(ACS 2016-2020)Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income$39,479
Median family income$115,186
Median household income$94,141
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Individuals below the poverty level7.0%

(NHES - ELMI)Labor Force
Annual Average20112021
Civilian Labor Force2,4802,640
Unemployment Rate6.2%3.1%

(NHES - ELMI)Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment20112021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment159165
Average Weekly Wage$723$1,046
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment646835
Average Weekly Wage$662$855
Total Private Industry
Average Employment8051,000
Average Weekly Wage$674$886
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment192174
Average Weekly Wage$664$793
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment9961,174
Average Weekly Wage$672$872

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education)Education and Child Care
Schools students attend:Northwood operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Coe-Brown Academy (Northwood)SAU 44
Career Technology Center(s):Dover Career Technical Center; R.W. Creteau Regional Technology Ctr.; Somersworth Career Technical Center
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools)ElementaryMiddle/Junior HighHigh SchoolPrivate/Parochial
Number of Schools11
Grade LevelsK 1-89-12
Total Enrollment348673
2021 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing):Total Facilities: 3Total Capacity: 78
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest BusinessesProduct/ServiceEmployeesEstablished
Johnson's Seafood & SteakRestaurant30
DR DimesReproduction furniture301964
Harding MetalsScrap metal recycling301963
Northwood Power EquipmentPower equipment dealer172000
Solid CreationsCounter top mfg25
New England Signal SystemsTraffic signal equipment10
Cooper Hill PizzaRestaurant20
Meyer Family DentistryDental care17
Northwood Veterinary HospitalPet health care11

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall)Transportation
Road AccessUS Routes4, 202
State Routes9, 152, 202A
Nearest Interstate, ExitI-93, Exit 15; I-95, Exit 5
Distance18 miles, 26 miles
Public TransportationNo
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Concord MunicipalRunway6,005 ft. asphalt
Lighted?YesNavigational Aids?Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston RegionalDistance30 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH29 miles
Portland, ME78 miles
Boston, MA76 miles
New York City, NY279 miles
Montreal, Quebec265 miles

(ACS 2016-2020)Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van81.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van2.2%
Public transportation1.0%
Other Means0.4%
Worked at home13.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work36.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:(ACS 2016-2020)
Working in community of residence51.5%
Commuting to another NH community40.9%
Commuting out-of-state7.6%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
XMunicipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
XPerforming Arts Facilities
XTourist Attractions
XYouth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
XYouth Sports: Baseball
XYouth Sports: Soccer
XYouth Sports: Football
XYouth Sports: Basketball
XYouth Sports: Hockey
XSnowmobile Trails
XBicycle Trails
XCross Country Skiing
XBeach or Waterfront Recreational Area
XOvernight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pats's Peak, Ragged, Gunstock Mountains
Other: Northwood Meadows State Park; Antiques

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 9/20/22


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