Surveys and Data

NHMA's Municipal Reopening Survey

In June, NHMA surveyed its membership on reopening plans. Learn more about the June reopening survey results.

NHMA's COVID-19 Financial Impact Survey Results (April, 2020)

In April, NHMA surveyed its membership under a tight timetable in order to present its findings to the Governor's Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR).  Despite this short time frame, 127 cities and towns responded - a 54% response rate.  Our municipalities face many challenges in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the financial impact is at the forefront.  Learn more in these April 2020 survey results.

New Hampshire Municipal Officials Directory Survey

This annual survey is conducted in the spring following town meeting, and the resulting data is published each summer in the New Hampshire Municipal Officials Directory. NHMA Member municipalities receive one complimentary copy. The New Hampshire Municipal Officials Directory is also available for purchase; visit the NHMA Shop for more information. Municipalities are encouraged to update their information as changes occur during the year.


Wage, Salary and Benefits Survey

The Wage, Salary and Benefits Survey is now an on-demand resource that provides information about the compensation for specific positions and provides a means to get the most up-to-date and relevant information. Members are encouraged to update their information as changes occur during the year. 

Instructions for 2020 Wage Survey

Frequently-Asked-Questions About 2020 Wage Survey

Complete List of Municipal Positions Contained in 2020 Wage Survey

SB 2 at 15: Trends in Official Ballot Voting and Deliberative Session Attendance

The Official Ballot Referendum form of town meeting, commonly known as SB 2 (RSA 40:13), marked its fifteenth year of existence in 2012. Approved by the legislature in 1995, adopted in 30 municipalities in 1996, and put into practice for the first time in 1997, SB 2 is now in place in more than 60 New Hampshire towns. In the spring of 2012 Researcher Chris Porter conducted a study of voter participation in 27 SB 2 town deliberative sessions and election/voting days.

Regionalization and Cooperative Agreements

NHMA surveyed municipalities in spring 2010 to gain an increased understanding of the variety of regional/cooperative arrangements in existence and under consideration. The three key areas of investigation were: shared positions/programs/functions; shared facilities/equipment; and cooperative purchase agreements. Preliminary survey findings were published in the July/August 2010 issue of New Hampshire Town and City magazine. Survey respondents were contacted in fall 2011 and asked to report on any new or changed agreements; a follow up report was published in the January 2012 issue of New Hampshire Town and City.