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Merrimack County, New Hampshire (NH)

County population in 2014: 147,171 (45% urban, 55% rural); it was 136,225 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 29,583
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 11,103
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 36,048
Renter-occupied apartments: 16,383 (it was 15,795 in 2000)
% of renters here:

30%
State:

29%

Land area: 934 sq. mi.

Water area: 22.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 157 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Merrimack County: 112.1 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (20.3%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (17.2%), Educational, health and social services (16.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 64%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 33%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Merrimack County, New Hampshire:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (94.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.6%)
  • Asian alone (1.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.2%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.0%)
Median resident age:  41.0 years
New Hampshire median age:  41.0 years
Males: 72,430  (49.2%)
Females: 74,741  (50.8%)

Merrimack County,NH real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Merrimack County:

2.0 people
New Hampshire:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $68,566 ($48,522 in 1999)

This county:

$68,566
New Hampshire:

$70,303

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $832 (lower quartile is $647, upper quartile is $1,049)
This county:

$832
State:

$895


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $220,400 (it was $115,100 in 2000)
Merrimack:

$220,400
New Hampshire:

$244,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $162,400 - $303,100
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,700
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $827

Institutionalized population: 3,155

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 4
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 3
  • Burglaries: 0
  • Thefts: 2
  • Auto thefts: 0

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 7
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 6
  • Burglaries: 1
  • Thefts: 2
  • Auto thefts: 0
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Health of residents in Merrimack County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.7. This is better than average.
78.4% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
49.9% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
78.8% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is about average.
77.4% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is more than average.
Average weight of males is 194 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 162 pounds. This is about average.
34.7% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is more than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 435 buildings, average cost: $163,700
  • 2008: 261 buildings, average cost: $198,000
  • 2009: 160 buildings, average cost: $214,100
  • 2010: 178 buildings, average cost: $184,500
  • 2011: 113 buildings, average cost: $221,200
  • 2012: 115 buildings, average cost: $216,900
  • 2013: 193 buildings, average cost: $201,500
  • 2014: 221 buildings, average cost: $226,300

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

2016 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $5,255 (2.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $5,214 (2.4%)

Merrimack County household income distribution in 2009 Merrimack County home values distribution Merrimack County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 7.9%
(7.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 15.1% for Black residents, 11.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 18.9% for American Indian residents, 28.1% for other race residents, 8.5% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 7.9%
Merrimack County:

7.9%
New Hampshire:

8.2%
(7.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 15.1% for Black residents, 11.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 18.9% for American Indian residents, 28.1% for other race residents, 7.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 43 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 33 years old, American Indian residents: 52 years old, Asian residents: 28 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 19 years old)

Area name: Merrimack County, NH
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Merrimack County is $624 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $815 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1007 a month.

Cities in this county include: Concord, Franklin, Bow, Pembroke, Hopkinton, Suncook, South Hooksett, Allenstown, Northfield, Loudon.

Merrimack County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2012 air pollution in Merrimack County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.029 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.001 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Lincoln County, Maine , Schenectady County, New York .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

2.8%
New Hampshire:

3.0%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 8,216
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 88.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 29.1%

Number of foreign born residents: 4,351 (52% naturalized citizens)

Merrimack County:

3.2%
Whole state:

4.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 1,079
  • 1990 to 1994: 406
  • 1985 to 1989: 360
  • 1980 to 1984: 355
  • 1975 to 1979: 212
  • 1970 to 1974: 253
  • 1970 to 1974: 338
  • 1965 to 1969: 1,348
Note: State values scaled to Merrimack County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 69.0%

Merrimack County marital status for males Merrimack County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 35,167
  • One, attached: 1,881
  • Two: 3,637
  • 3 or 4: 3,411
  • 5 to 9: 2,949
  • 10 to 19: 1,685
  • 20 or more: 3,256
  • Mobile homes: 4,224
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 34

Housing units in Merrimack County with a mortgage: 19,451 (1,471 second mortgage, 2,657 home equity loan, 40 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 6,811

Here:

74.1% with mortgage
State:

74.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Merrimack County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic24,6547
Mainline Protestant12,79151
Evangelical Protestant5,19536
Other2,09715
Orthodox5802
None101,128-
Merrimack County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 27
Merrimack County:

1.82 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
New Hampshire:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 18
This county:

1.22 / 10,000 pop.
New Hampshire:

1.78 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 65
Merrimack County:

4.39 / 10,000 pop.
New Hampshire:

4.02 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 115
This county:

7.77 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.70 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Merrimack County:

7.4%
New Hampshire:

7.6%

Adult obesity rate:
Merrimack County:

23.8%
State:

24.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.9%
State:

15.9%

Agriculture in Merrimack County:

Average size of farms: 158 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $81,996
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $2435.41
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 73.87%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 17.27%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $76,364
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 17.66%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 5.05%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $47,705
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 84.46%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 7.02
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 41.20%
Vegetables: 395 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 275 acres

Earthquake activity:

Merrimack County-area historical earthquake activity is near New Hampshire state average. It is 89% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 143.3 miles away from Merrimack County center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 15.5 miles away from the county center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 133.2 miles away from the county center
On 8/21/1996 at 07:54:14, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.6 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 64.3 miles away from the county center
On 6/16/1995 at 12:13:11, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 71.1 miles away from Merrimack County center
On 4/20/2002 at 11:04:42, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, 3.7 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 132.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • New Hampshire Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: February 08, 2013 to February 11, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4105: March 19, 2013, FEMA Id: 4105, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • New Hampshire Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 26, 2012 to October 31, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3360: October 30, 2012, FEMA Id: 3360, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • New Hampshire Severe Storm, Incident Period: October 29, 2011 to October 30, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3344: November 01, 2011, FEMA Id: 3344, Natural disaster type: Storm
  • New Hampshire Tropical Storm Irene, Incident Period: August 26, 2011 to September 06, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4026: September 03, 2011, FEMA Id: 4026, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • New Hampshire Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: February 23, 2010 to March 03, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1892: March 29, 2010, FEMA Id: 1892, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • New Hampshire Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 11, 2008 to December 23, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1812: January 02, 2009, FEMA Id: 1812, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • New Hampshire Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 11, 2008 to December 23, 2008, Emergency Declared EM-3297: December 13, 2008, FEMA Id: 3297, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • New Hampshire Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: September 06, 2008 to September 07, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1799: October 03, 2008, FEMA Id: 1799, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • New Hampshire Severe Storms, Tornado, and Flooding, Incident Period: July 24, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1782: August 11, 2008, FEMA Id: 1782, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • New Hampshire Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: April 15, 2007 to April 23, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1695: April 27, 2007, FEMA Id: 1695, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 15 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Merrimack County (25) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 9

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 12, Floods: 11, Winter Storms: 4, Snowstorms: 3, Hurricanes: 2, Snows: 2, Blizzard: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (10%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (16%)
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (5%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Canada (28%)
  • United Kingdom (9%)
  • Germany (6%)
  • Korea (5%)
  • Other Eastern Europe (5%)
  • India (5%)
  • Vietnam (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Merrimack County (%):

  • English (17%)
  • Irish (13%)
  • French (except Basque) (13%)
  • French Canadian (11%)
  • United States or American (8%)
  • German (6%)
  • Italian (6%)

Merrimack County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 56,562 (81%)
  • Carpooled: 7,439 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 310 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 2 (0%)
  • Taxi: 132 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 27 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 61 (0%)
  • Walked: 1,972 (3%)
  • Other means: 352 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 2,819 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Merrimack County, New Hampshire in 2000:

  • 2,168 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 1,642 people in state prisons
  • 1,314 people in nursing homes
  • 269 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 198 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 150 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 147 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 76 people in other group homes
  • 55 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 50 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 48 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 42 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 33 people in halfway houses
  • 30 people in religious group quarters
  • 21 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 21 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 9 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 9 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 9 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 6 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 5 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse

People in group quarters in Merrimack County, New Hampshire in 2010:

  • 2,462 people in college/university student housing
  • 1,766 people in state prisons
  • 1,018 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 314 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 250 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 181 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 132 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 59 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 51 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 44 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 40 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 10 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 8 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $64,329.

6.45% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($43,645 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.45%
New Hampshire average:

6.07%


0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($252 average AGI)
Merrimack County:

0.04%
New Hampshire average:

0.04%

4.08% relocated from other counties in New Hampshire ($25,105 average AGI)
2.33% relocated from other states ($18,289 average AGI)
Merrimack County:

2.33%
New Hampshire average:

3.38%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Hillsborough County, NH  1.87% ($42,041 average AGI)
from Belknap County, NH  0.67% ($31,682)
from Rockingham County, NH  0.65% ($39,579)
from Grafton County, NH  0.31% ($37,633)
from Sullivan County, NH  0.20% ($60,983)
from Strafford County, NH  0.19% ($32,712)
from Middlesex County, MA  0.16% ($48,032)


6.93% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($38,632 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.93%
New Hampshire average:

6.45%


0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($288 average AGI)
Merrimack County:

0.04%
New Hampshire average:

0.06%

4.06% relocated to other counties in New Hampshire ($21,825 average AGI)
2.83% relocated to other states ($16,518 average AGI)
Merrimack County:

2.83%
New Hampshire average:

3.75%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Hillsborough County, NH  1.87% ($37,908 average AGI)
to Belknap County, NH  0.81% ($32,100)
to Rockingham County, NH  0.57% ($43,319)
to Grafton County, NH  0.25% ($43,161)
to Strafford County, NH  0.19% ($37,063)
to Middlesex County, MA  0.18% ($38,260)
to Sullivan County, NH  0.17% ($31,637)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.8
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.6

Births per 1000 population in Merrimack County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 8.4

Deaths per 1000 population in Merrimack County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Merrimack County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 12.8%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 4.3%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Merrimack County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Merrimack County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 22,467 (18,192 aged, 4,275 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,748 (5%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Merrimack County, New Hampshire in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1,587)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,106)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,055)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (874)
  • Unspecified dementia (633)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (626)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (595)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (552)
  • Congestive heart failure (364)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (352)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.06
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9,025
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 212
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 50,991

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,026
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 864
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 7

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 55
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 93

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 17
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 133.2. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 62.1
  • Suffocation - 38.1
  • Poisoning - 25.0
  • Other - 8.0

Household type by relationship:

Households: 140,110
  • In family households: 115,678 (26,768 male householders, 11,336 female householders)
    29,923 spouses, 38,562 children (35,656 natural, 1,027 adopted, 1,879 stepchildren), 2,012 grandchildren, 719 brothers or sisters, 975 parents, 854 other relatives, 3,672 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 24,432 (8,542 male householders (6,084 living alone)), 10,423 female householders (8,405 living alone)), 5,467 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 6,335 (3,155 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 17,137 2-persons, 9,086 3-persons, 7,513 4-persons, 2,874 5-persons, 1,032 6-persons, 462 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 14,489 1-person, 3,819 2-persons, 456 3-persons, 132 4-persons, 45 5-persons, 13 6-persons, 11 7-or-more-persons.

24,231 married couples with children.
7,348 single-parent households (1,859 men, 5,489 women).

93.6% of residents of Merrimack County speak English at home.
1.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (68% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
4.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (74% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
0.6% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (53% speak English very well, 33% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (76% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,026,537,000 ($7,053 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $57,391,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $314,430,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $133,452,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $2,115,000
Federal grants: $496,576,000
Federal procurement contracts: $28,647,000 ($9,967,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $51,317,000 ($9,800,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $3,741,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $43,542,000
Federal Government insurance: $52,574,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 7,899
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

57 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 6,123
Here:

42 per 1000 residents
State:

39 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +834
Here:

+6 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +8,238
Here:

+56 per 1000 residents
State:

+31 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Merrimack County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 8.84 millions of gallons per day (34% from ground, 66% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.2
State:

6.2

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 154
  • 2010 to 2013: 933
  • 2000 to 2009: 8,180
  • 1990 to 1999: 7,506
  • 1980 to 1989: 11,862
  • 1970 to 1979: 8,852
  • 1960 to 1969: 4,787
  • 1950 to 1959: 3,135
  • 1940 to 1949: 2,431
  • 1939 or earlier: 15,991
Note: State values scaled to Merrimack population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Merrimack County, New Hampshire
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Merrimack County population
  • 1 room: 50
  • 2 rooms: 144
  • 3 rooms: 611
  • 4 rooms: 3,542
  • 5 rooms: 7,393
  • 6 rooms: 8,627
  • 7 rooms: 6,976
  • 8 rooms: 4,326
  • 9+ rooms: 4,379
  • 1 room: 350
  • 2 rooms: 1,263
  • 3 rooms: 3,752
  • 4 rooms: 5,234
  • 5 rooms: 2,569
  • 6 rooms: 1,370
  • 7 rooms: 632
  • 8 rooms: 329
  • 9+ rooms: 296
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Merrimack County, New Hampshire
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Merrimack County population
  • no bedroom: 52
  • 1 bedroom: 1,037
  • 2 bedrooms: 8,910
  • 3 bedrooms: 18,136
  • 4 bedrooms: 6,334
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,579
  • no bedroom: 496
  • 1 bedroom: 4,965
  • 2 bedrooms: 7,229
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,353
  • 4 bedrooms: 587
  • 5+ bedrooms: 165
Cars and other vehicles available in Merrimack County, New Hampshire in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Merrimack County population
  • no vehicle: 867
  • 1 vehicle: 8,409
  • 2 vehicles: 17,932
  • 3 vehicles: 6,334
  • 4 vehicles: 1,800
  • 5+ vehicles: 706
  • no vehicle: 2,318
  • 1 vehicle: 7,887
  • 2 vehicles: 4,651
  • 3 vehicles: 747
  • 4 vehicles: 111
  • 5+ vehicles: 81

56% of Merrimack County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 50% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 53% lived in New Hampshire.

Merrimack County:

56.2%
State average:

56.2%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 74,005
  • Northeast: 43,361
  • Midwest: 4,728
  • South: 5,284
  • West: 3,491

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $86,100


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Merrimack County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (60.2%)
  • Utility gas (17.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (12.6%)
  • Wood (6.5%)
  • Electricity (2.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (32.6%)
  • Utility gas (31.4%)
  • Electricity (23.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.8%)
  • Other fuel (2.1%)
  • Wood (1.2%)
  • No fuel used (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,454
Here:

8.7%
New Hampshire:

8.9%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 944
Here:

11.8%
New Hampshire:

10.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 3,026
Here:

45.7%
New Hampshire:

36.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Merrimack County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - General - Other: $5,156,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,297,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $1,003,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare Institutions: $23,225,000
    Correctional Institutions: $8,058,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $4,996,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,512,000
    Police Protection: $2,465,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,873,000
    General - Other: $832,000
    General Public Buildings: $411,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $403,000
    Financial Administration: $278,000
    Corrections - Other: $120,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,526,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $9,789,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Correctional Institutions: $286,000
    Police Protection: $100,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $34,000
    Financial Administration: $23,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $19,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $10,000
    Central Staff Services: $6,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $21,758,000

Merrimack County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $3,407,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $41,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $33,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $355,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $291,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $19,465,000
    All Other: $812,000
    General Local Government Support: $350,000
  • Tax - Property: $30,717,000

Merrimack County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $27,850,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $26,240,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,610,000

Merrimack County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,894,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 1,739
  • Number of aged recipients: 59
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,680
  • Number of recipients under 18: 256
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,332
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 151
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 600
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 848
Merrimack County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Merrimack County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2003
(Based on 3 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED21$158,571386$166,9431,271$139,96889$40,8312$210,00043$120,116
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED2$170,50033$159,061167$127,86213$64,3850$03$136,333
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$077$115,429331$136,39937$43,7030$09$111,111
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN5$150,40034$152,559227$137,30814$42,2860$08$124,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$71,00011$149,90942$147,1902$21,5000$01$150,000
Choose year:  2003 2002 2001 2000 1999
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2003
(Based on 3 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED141$186,30564$170,8134$152,250
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED13$246,61517$214,1180$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$01$176,0000$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN2$238,0005$202,0000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$0
Choose year:  2003 2002 2001 2000 1999

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Merrimack County, NH among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John83374.4 years
Mary75181.6 years
Robert71272.4 years
William66774.9 years
George52876.7 years
Dorothy45579.9 years
Ruth45482.5 years
Helen44082.7 years
Charles43777.0 years
James41073.6 years
Most common last names in Merrimack County, NH among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith30077.7 years
Brown17978.5 years
Johnson15878.9 years
Davis15478.0 years
Clark14477.7 years
Jones11478.1 years
Martin10176.7 years
Anderson9677.9 years
Chase9476.2 years
Young9078.0 years
Businesses in Merrimack County, NH
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1Long John Silver's1
AT&T1Lowe's2
Abercrombie & Fitch1Marriott4
Ace Hardware6Marshalls1
Advance Auto Parts3MasterBrand Cabinets18
Aeropostale1Maurices1
American Eagle Outfitters1McDonald's8
Applebee's2Men's Wearhouse1
AutoZone2New Balance3
Bath & Body Works1New York & Co1
Bed Bath & Beyond2Nike4
Best Western2Nissan1
Blockbuster1Old Navy1
Burger King3Olive Garden1
CVS4Outback1
Carson Pirie Scott1Outback Steakhouse1
Charlotte Russe1Panera Bread1
Chevrolet2Payless2
Chico's1Penske1
Circle K9PetSmart1
Coldwater Creek1Pizza Hut2
Comfort Inn1RadioShack4
Curves3Red Roof Inn1
DHL1Rite Aid7
Days Inn1Ruby Tuesday1
Decora Cabinetry4Sam's Club1
DressBarn1Sears4
Dunkin Donuts28Shaw's4
Fashion Bug2Spencer Gifts1
FedEx27Sprint Nextel2
Finish Line1Staples2
Ford3Starbucks1
GNC5Subaru1
GameStop3Subway7
Gap1T-Mobile5
Goodwill6T.G.I. Driday's1
H&R Block6T.J.Maxx1
Hilton1Taco Bell2
Holiday Inn1Talbots1
Home Depot2Target2
Honda1The Room Place1
Hot Topic1Toys"R"Us2
Hyundai1True Value1
JCPenney1U-Haul12
JoS. A. Bank1U.S. Cellular3
Jones New York3UPS32
Journeys1Verizon Wireless1
KFC3Victoria's Secret1
Kmart1Walgreens2
Kohl's1Walmart2
Lane Bryant1Wendy's2
Lane Furniture2YMCA2
LensCrafters1

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