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Overview

Introduction to Nashua, New Hampshire

Nashua is located in Hillsborough County. It was twice named "Best Place to Live in America" by Money Magazine. It developed around the previously thriving textile industry. The downtown serves as the region's commercial and entertainment center. Citizens of Massachusetts are attracted to the shopping centers of Nashua such as the Pheasant Lane Mall due to New Hampshire not having a sales tax. Defense Contractor BAE Systems and Hewlett-Packard are two of the major high-tech companies in the city. The Nashua River flows through the municipality.

History

The region had earlier been a part of Massachusetts. The state of New Hampshire separated from Massachusetts in 1741 and Dunstable (now Nashua) was incorporated in 1746. Dunstable became a prominent textile mill center during the Industrial Revolution. The New Hampshire legislature renamed the town Nashua after the Nashua River. Before the Civil War began, six railroad lines traversed through the flourishing mill town. A large number of trains were often entering and leaving during a typical day.

The textile industry migrated south during the Great Depression. The last mill in Nashua shut down in 1949. Sanders Associate, involved in the defense industry and is now part of BAE Systems selected one of the closed down mills as their facility. The arrival of the company began the revitalization process for Nashua.

Transportation

The city is served by the Nashua Municipal Airport. Bus service is provided by the Nashua Transit System. Boston Express provides bus transportation to Boston.

Higher Education

Nashua is not recognized as a college town, however the city is home to Hesser College - Nashua, Franklin Pierce College Nashua campus, Rivier College, Southern New Hampshire University Nashua campus, Franklin Pierce College Nashua campus and New Hampshire Community Technical College.

Activities

Mine Falls Park is a large acreage situated in the central portion of the city. It's popular with residents and visitors for recreational activities such as boating, biking, walking, fishing and cross-country skiing.

The Nashua River Rail Trail traverses along the Nashua River and is enjoyed by bicycle riders, walkers, cross-country skiing enthusiasts, and inline skaters. It's situated in a scenic environment and visitors often have opportunities to view the area's wildlife such as beavers and herons.

Attractions

The downtown and the Millyard features arts and crafts, historic architecture, galleries and artistic demonstrations. Main Street is known for its nightlife due to the numerous Irish pubs, dance clubs, sidewalk cafes and sports bars. The popular shopping locations include the Pheasant Lane Mall, the Daniel Webster Highway and Amherst Street retail corridors as well as the downtown area. Residents and visitors enjoy the Nashua Symphony and the Northern Ballet Theater. The city is home to the nationally acclaimed Spartan Drum and Bugle Corps.

Nashua has an extensive park system which provides the residents with a vast amount of open space. Greely Park is very popular during the summer months. Roby Park provides residents and visitors the opportunity to ice skate and enjoy a sledding hill during the winter. Holman Stadium is home to the Nashua Pride Baseball team.

Demographics

People

Total Population87,279
Male Share of the Population49%
Female Share of the Population51%
Senior Citizens13.9%
Employed Population 16+46,062
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married47.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher34.9%
Median Earnings25+$40,718
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$28,014
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,821

Wealth

Median Family Income$82,913
% Above Poverty Level89%
% Below Poverty Level11%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.8%
% Using Public Transportation1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone28.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,155
Median House Value$239,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25%
Irish19.6%
French Except Basque12.3%
Italian10.3%
Canadian9.9%
English9.7%
German6.7%
Polish3.9%
Scottish2.2%
Portuguese2.1%
Swedish1.6%
Greek1.5%
African1%
Brazilian0.8%
Russian0.8%
Lithuanian0.7%
Dutch0.7%
Arab0.6%
West Indian0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
Romanian0.4%
Czech0.4%
US/American0.4%
Finnish0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Haitian0.3%
Nigerian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Bulgarian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Zimbabwean0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Liberian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Nashua Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hillsborough County
Standard Zip Codes3060, 3062, 3063, 3064
P.O. Box Zip Codes3061
Phone Area Codes603
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.74
Approximate Longitude-71.46

Nashua Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationNASHUA 2 NNW
Distance1.5 miles
Jan Temp12 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 61 F
Annual Precip45.4 inches
StationLOWELL
Distance9.5 miles
Jan Temp14 to 33 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 85 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip43.1 inches
StationMASSABESIC LAKE
Distance15.5 miles
Jan Temp5 to 32 F
Apr Temp29 to 56 F
Jul Temp55 to 82 F
Oct Temp32 to 61 F
Annual Precip39.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Hollis7,759$135,543
Hudson24,808$96,293
Litchfield8,382$105,505
Londonderry24,844$109,370
Merrimack25,580$103,998
Pelham13,189$108,297

Nashua Public Libraries

Nashua Public Library
2 COURT STREET
Nashua, New Hampshire
(603) 589-4600

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Nashua Hospitals

Southern New Hampshire Medical Center
(Non-profit)
8 Prospect Street
(603) 577-2000
Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital @ Snhmc
(Proprietary)
8 Prospect Street
(603) 893-2900
Northeast Rehab Hospital @ Snhmc, West
First Floor, 29 Nw Blvd
(603) 893-2900
St Joseph Hospital
(Non-profit)
172 Kinsley St
(603) 882-3000

Nashua Public Schools

Pennichuck Middle School
207 Manchester St.
ZIP: 3060
(603) 594-4308
Middle
Total Enrollment 678
Sunset Heights School
15 Osgood Rd.
ZIP: 3060
(603) 594-4387
Primary
Total Enrollment 415
Dr. Norman W. Crisp School
50 Arlington St.
ZIP: 3060
(603) 594-4390
Primary
Total Enrollment 419
Ledge Street School
139 Ledge St.
ZIP: 3060
(603) 966-2280
Primary
Total Enrollment 462
Fairgrounds Middle School
27 Cleveland St.
ZIP: 3060
(603) 594-4393
Middle
Total Enrollment 693
Purple Panthers Preschool
36 Riverside Dr.
ZIP: 3060
(603) 589-8561
Primary
Total Enrollment 36
Elm Street Middle School
117 Elm St.
ZIP: 3060
(603) 594-4322
Middle
Total Enrollment 1043
Fairgrounds Elementary School
37 Blanchard St.
ZIP: 3060
(603) 594-4318
Primary
Total Enrollment 544
Mt. Pleasant School
10 Manchester St.
ZIP: 3060
(603) 594-4331
Primary
Total Enrollment 380
New Searles School
39 Shady Ln.
ZIP: 3062
(603) 594-4409
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
Bicentennial Elementary School
296 E. Dunstable Rd.
ZIP: 3062
(603) 594-4382
Primary
Total Enrollment 617
Main Dunstable School
20 Whitford Rd.
ZIP: 3062
(603) 594-4400
Primary
Total Enrollment 524
Nashua High School South
36 Riverside Dr.
ZIP: 3062
(603) 589-4311
High
Total Enrollment 1823
Academy For Science And Design Charter (m)
486 Amherst Street
ZIP: 3063
(603) 595-4705
Middle
Total Enrollment 346
Nashua High School North
8 Titan Way
ZIP: 3063
(603) 589-6400
High
Total Enrollment 1750
Birch Hill Elementary School
17 Birch Hill Dr.
ZIP: 3063
(603) 594-4340
Primary
Total Enrollment 484
Academy For Science And Design Charter (h)
486 Amherst Street
ZIP: 3063
(603) 595-4705
High
Total Enrollment 146
Broad Street Elementary School
390 Broad St.
ZIP: 3063
(603) 594-4404
Primary
Total Enrollment 331
Charlotte Ave Elementary School
48 Charlotte Ave.
ZIP: 3064
(603) 594-4334
Primary
Total Enrollment 491
Nashua Title I Preschool
One Concord St
ZIP: 3064
(603) 889-5900
Primary
Total Enrollment 45
Amherst Street School
71 Amherst St.
ZIP: 3064
(603) 594-4385
Primary
Total Enrollment 326

Nashua Private Schools

Rivier College Early Childhood Center
29 Clement St
ZIP: 3060
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Clearway High School
40 Arlington St
ZIP: 3060
Secondary
Total Enrollment 58
Infant Jesus School
3 Crown St
ZIP: 3060
Elementary
Total Enrollment 220
Bishop Guertin High School
194 Lund Rd
ZIP: 3060
Secondary
Total Enrollment 852
Wise Owl Preschool
14 Kingston Dr
ZIP: 3060
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Kindercare Learning Center
3 Holiday Cir
ZIP: 3062
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
The World Schools
138 Spit Brook Rd
ZIP: 3062
Elementary
Total Enrollment 146
Second Nature Academy
10 Groton Rd
ZIP: 3062
Elementary
Total Enrollment 38
The Launching Pad Child Learning Center
53 Northeastern Blvd
ZIP: 3062
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
Goddard School
8 Townsend W
ZIP: 3063
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Kindercare Learning Center
71 Deerwood Dr
ZIP: 3063
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Nashua Kindergarten
14 Cathedral Cir
ZIP: 3063
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Creative Years Child Development & Learning Center
30 Broad St
ZIP: 3064
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
Nashua Child Learning Center
5 Saint Laurent St
ZIP: 3064
Elementary
Total Enrollment 28
Nashua Christian Academy
55 Franklin St
ZIP: 3064
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 186
St Christopher School
20 Cushing Ave
ZIP: 3064
Elementary
Total Enrollment 290
Nashua Childrens Home
125 Amherst St
ZIP: 3064
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
White Wing School
58 Lowell St
ZIP: 3064
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Nashua Catholic Regional Jr High School
6 Bartlett Ave
ZIP: 3064
Secondary
Total Enrollment 238
Christian Bible Church Academy
205 Manchester St
ZIP: 3064
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 10
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