Our Region of Coverage
ONE Voice’s catchment area is Strafford County, New Hampshire. The 13 municipalities include the towns of Barrington, Dover, Durham, Farmington, Lee, Madbury, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Rochester, Rollinsford, Somersworth, Strafford, as well as the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Durham.
Socio-Economic Data for Strafford County
The Strafford County Public Health Network also known as ONE Voice for Strafford County includes thirteen cities and towns in the southeastern corner of NH. Greater Dover, Greater Durham and Greater Rochester all have unique public health needs and priorities.
The northern tier of Strafford County boasts some of the lowest income and educational attainment levels in the State, while the greater Durham and Dover areas boast some of the highest income and educational attainment levels. The norther tier is home to many summer homes, and less representation in its tax base from year round residents. Many of the northern tier communities are defined as bedroom communities, commuting more than 20 minutes to their employment. The Dover and Durham regions are home to robust development over the past 20 years and UNH, the States largest University also plays a role in the culture and access to alcohol among young adults.
Consideration of population density may also be particularly important when determining the costs and benefits of environmental prevention strategies. The Southeastern Region is home to the City of Dover, the most populated city in the Region at 29,987 residents. Rochester and Portsmouth are the next largest towns in the Region at 29,752 and 20,779 respectively. Strafford County is situated in the greater Seacoast region of southern New Hampshire and borders southern Maine.
Within the Countys 368.8 square miles, there are thirteen municipalities with substantial demographic and socioeconomic diversity. Between 2000 and 2010, Strafford County saw a 9.6 percent increase in population compared to the states increase of 6.5 percent during the same time period. In 2014, Strafford Countys population was estimated at 125,604 residents; a two percent increase from the 2010 Census population data. Strafford County is home also to the University of New Hampshire, which has enrolled nearly 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
The age distribution in Strafford County parallels that of the state. Demographics of region: In 2013, children under age 5 made up 5.2 percent of the population, while persons under 18 years made up 19.7 percent. The fastest growing segment of the population was persons 65 years and older accounting for 23.4 percent of the population.
There are approximately 105,000 individuals (9% of the population over 12 years of age) in New Hampshire that meet the American Psychiatric Association (APA) diagnostic criteria for substanceuse disorders (SUD).