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Community Contact Town of Epsom
Board of Selectmen
1598 Dover Road
  Epsom, NH 03234-0010
Telephone (603) 736-9002
Fax (603) 736-8539
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Selectmen/Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, 8-1 and 4-6, Tuesday, 10-3, Thursday and Friday, 8-3, closed Wednesday
County Merrimack County
Labor Market Area Concord, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley Region
Planning Commission Central NH Regional Planning
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council
Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 4
State Senate District 17
State Representative Merrimack County Districts 14, 27
Incorporated: 1727
Origin: Epsom was one of seven towns chartered by Massachusetts authorities in 1727 long before New Hampshire became an independent province, when John Wentworth was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. The name most likely came from Epsom, England, home of the Earl of Derby, who had established horse racing stables there at about the same time the town was chartered. Epsom Downs became famous for its ""Derby"" horse race. England's Epsom was also known for the curative value of its mineral springs, the source of Epsom salts.
Villages and Place Names: Epsom Circle, Gossville, New Rye, Short Falls, Epsom Four Corners
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 799 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Epsom totaled 3,404 over 50 years, from 1,469 in 1970 to 4,873 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was an 87 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The town's population increased by seven percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Epsom was 4,942 residents, which ranked 76th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 143.3 persons per square mile of land area. Epsom contains 34.5 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2022 $5,338,743
Budget:School Appropriations,2022-2023 $12,723,077
Zoning Ordinance 1965/22
Master Plan 2015
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Road Agent; Moderator; Town Clerk; Tax Collector; Trusteees of Trust Funds; Welfare Director; Cemetery
    Appointed: Zoning; Conservation; Library; Emergency Management; Parks & Recreation
Public Library Epsom Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 13 miles   236

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop; Unitil; Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Epsom Village District
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
    Curbside Trash Pickup None
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program No
    Recycling Program Mandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service: Business Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Yes

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $23.84
2022 Equalization Ratio 74.8
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $17.76
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 84.6%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 13.6%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 1.8%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 1,939
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 1,447
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 71
    Five or More Units in Structure 59
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 362

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 4,942   156,459
   2020 4,873   153,808
   2010 4,590   146,445
   2000 4,021   136,225
   1990 3,547   120,240
   1980 2,743   98,302

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   2,283 Female   2,563
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 208
      Age 5 to 19 882
      Age 20 to 34 801
      Age 35 to 54 1,167
      Age 55 to 64 796
      Age 65 and over 992
            Median Age 45.6 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 3,491
      High school graduation or higher 90.8%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 38.8%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $40,335
Median Family Income $104,259
Median Household Income $90,805
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $71,250
      Female $52,439
Individuals below poverty level 3.3%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 2,913   2,926
    Employed 2,772   2,870
    Unemploymed 141   56
    Unemployment rate 4.8%   1.9%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  172  200
    Average Weekly Wage  $1,028  $1,386
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  805  925
    Average Weekly Wage  $629  $983
Total Private  
    Average Employment  977  1,125
    Average Weekly Wage  $699  $1,055
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  125  161
    Average Weekly Wage  $697  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  1,103  1,286
    Average Weekly Wage  $699  $1,025
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Epsom operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Pembroke District: SAU 53
Career Technology Center: Concord Regional Technical Center
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1      
Grade Levels K 1-8      
Total Enrollment 392      
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest College or Universities: University of NH; UNH School of Law; Granite State; Southern NH University; UNH Manchester; Franklin Pierce-Manchester; MCPHS

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     5   Capacity:     373

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Epsom Health Limited Partnership Nursing, retirement homes 100 1994
McDonald's Fast food restaurant 50
Wendy's Fast food restaurant 30 1995
Beaumac Co., Inc. Engineering, machining 21 1967
Newstress International, Inc. Precast concrete structures 15 1978
Dunkin' Donuts Donut shop 15 1990
Tim's Truck Capital & Auto Sales, Inc. Sales & service
TD Bank Banking services 7
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes: 4, 202
State Routes: 9, 28, 107
Nearest Interstate/Exit: I-393, Exit 3; I-93, Exit 15
Distance: 7 miles; 11 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Concord Municipal Runway  6,005 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  Yes
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Manchester-Boston Regional Distance   25 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 21 miles
    Portland, Maine 86 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 71 miles
    New York City, New York 271 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 257 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 81.5%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 5.1%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.9%
  Walked: 2.4%
  Traveled by other means: 0.5%
  Worked at home: 9.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 30.7 minutes
Work in community of residence: 63.3%
Commute to other NH community: 33.8%
Commute out-of-state: 2.8%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 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
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreation Areas
Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Pat's Peak, Gunstock
Other: Popple Island Wildlife Sanctuary