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Explanatory Notes and Data Sources

Community Response
A substantial amount of data in the community profiles is supplied by individual communities through a survey. Their participation is vital to this effort, and greatly appreciated. Data gathered through community survey response include contact information, municipal services, emergency services, utility services, largest employers, and recreation, attractions, and events information.

Census Data
Data is extracted from both the decennial Census and the American Community Survey (ACS) 3-Year Estimates used for County Profiles and 5-Year Estimates used for Community Profiles. Census data include total population, land area, and population density. ACS data include demographics, income and poverty, housing, and commuting to work.

Dates of zoning ordinances show the original date of adoption and the most recent amendment, such as 1971/98. A single date indicates date of adoption. A blank indicates no record of ordinance.

Property Tax
Passage of RSA 76:3, the State Education Property Tax Law, established a statewide property tax for education funding, effective April 1, 1999. This tax has had a significant effect on tax rates for many communities. Although assessed and collected by each municipality, the tax rates listed do not include the statewide property tax. Further tax data is available from the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration at www.revenue.nh.gov/mun-prop/property/.

Property Valuation
Percentage of property valuation by type were calculated from data in the NH Department of Revenue Administration's Equalization Report, Tables by County. Percents were calculated as a portion of gross valuation. Residential represents the percentage of net local assessed valuation of residential land, residential buildings, and manufactured housing. Commercial represents the percentage of net local assessed valuation of commercial/industrial land and commercial/industrial buildings. Other represents the percentage of net local assessed valuation of current use land, conservation easements, and public utilities. The full equalization report, excluding the calculated percentages, is available from DRA at the above web address.

Labor Force
This data is a place of residence estimate of total labor force, the number of employed persons, the number of unemployed persons, and the unemployment rate. This data is prepared by the Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau's Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) Program.

Employment and Wages
Covered employment and wages are from the federal-state cooperative effort called the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW). Data is prepared by the Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau as a by-product of the state's Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs. Only jobs covered by unemployment insurance are included. This data is subject to strict confidentiality standards. Data replaced with 'n' indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards. The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) is used to classify industry data, including covered employment and wages. Data for privately owned businesses is supplied for two domains: (1) Goods-Producing industries, including Natural Resources and Mining; Construction; and Manufacturing; and (2) Services-Providing industries, including Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; Information; Financial Activities; Professional and Business Services; Education and Health Services; Leisure and Hospitality; and Other Services. Establishments in Government may be in any industry but are owned by a government entity.

Educational Facilities
Data on New Hampshire schools was taken from the NH Department of Education listing of New Hampshire public schools and non-public schools. Further information on New Hampshire's public and private schools may be found on the Department's web site at www.education.nh.gov. Listed colleges and universities are educational institutions offering associate's degrees or higher. Further information on postsecondary institutions may be found on the Department of Education’s Division of Higher Education web site at www.education.nh.gov/highered/.

Child Care
Data on child care facilities was provided by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Child Care Licensing.

Largest Employers
Employer information was provided by the individual communities. Identifying information about employers collected by NH Employment Security is deemed strictly confidential.

Driving Distances
Approximate driving distances to the city hall of Manchester, Boston, Portland, Montreal, and New York; the nearest hospital(s); the nearest interstate/exit; and the nearest scheduled service airport were estimated from each community's city/town hall address using AAA's Internet TripTik mapping software.

This represents the date the last community survey response was received.


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