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Acworth, NH

acworth New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Acworth
Kathi Bradt, Administrative Assistant
PO Box 37
Acworth, NH 03601
Telephone (603) 835-6879
Fax (603) 835-7901
E-mail [email protected]
Web Site www.acworthnh.net

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; Town Clerk: Wednesday, 5:30 pm - 8 pm, Saturday, 8 am - 12 noon; Tax Collector: Monday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Charlestown, NH LMA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 8
State Representative Sullivan County Districts 7, 11

Incorporated: 1766
Origin: Acworth was first chartered in 1752 as Burnet, in honor of William Burnet, who was appointed Colonial Governor for the provinces of Massachusetts and New Hampshire in 1728 but died shortly thereafter. No settlements were made under this charter, and in 1766 the Masonian proprietors regranted the land to new settlers under the name Acworth, honoring Sir Jacob Acworth of the British Admiralty. Acworth's meetinghouse, built in 1821 and now the Congregational Church, is known for its federal-style architecture. Both the church and the Acworth Silsby Library are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Villages and Place Names: Crescent Lake, East Acworth, South Acworth
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 704 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Acworth totaled 552 over 54 years, from 371 in 1960 to 923 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 32 percent increase between 1980 and 1990, which followed a 29 percent increase over the previous decade. The 2014 Census estimate for Acworth was 923 residents, which ranked 188th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 23.7 persons per square mile of land area. Acworth contains 38.9 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $1,178,712
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $1,226,049
Zoning Ordinance 1970/14
Master Plan 2012
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery
Appointed:Conservation; Zoning
Public Library Acworth Silsby Public

Emergency Services
Police Department State Police
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Commercial
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Valley Regional, Claremont 19 miles 25

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop; Liberty Utilities
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Direct TV
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.21
2015 Equalization Ratio 97.3
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.42
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings93.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.4%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 556
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 510
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 5
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 41
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 923 43,291
2010 891 43,742
2000 837 40,560
1990 777 38,652
1980 590 36,063
1970 459 30,949
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   475 Female:   448
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 55
Age 5 to 19 183
Age 20 to 34 153
Age 35 to 54 238
Age 55 to 64 142
Age 65 and over 152
Median Age 42.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 22.4%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $25,514
Median family income $58,889
Median household income $52,589
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $46,534
Female $34,259
Individuals below the poverty level 7.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 420 480
Employed 407 461
Unemployed 13 19
Unemployment Rate 3.1% 4.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n 73
Average Weekly Wage n $1,151
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n 13
Average Weekly Wage n $370
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 75 86
Average Weekly Wage $615 $1,034
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 23 18
Average Weekly Wage $332 $461
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 98 104
Average Weekly Wage $549 $936

If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Fall Mountain Regional (Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Langdon, Walpole) SAU 60
Career Technology Center(s): Fall Mountain RHS - CTE; Cheshire Career Center (Keene) Region: 13
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels 1-4
Total Enrollment 25
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Colby-Sawyer; New England; Antioch New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
RL Balla, Inc. Sawmill 10
Bascom's Sugar House Maple products 7 1939
South Acworth Village Store Convenience store 6 1865

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 123A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 7
Distance 11 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Claremont MunicipalRunway3,098 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 40 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 61 miles
Portland, ME 155 miles
Boston, MA 113 miles
New York City, NY 241 miles
Montreal, Quebec 219 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 87.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.4%
Public transportation 1.2%
Walked 1.9%
Other Means 0.5%
Worked at home 1.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 11.6%
Commuting to another NH community 68.4%
Commuting out-of-state 20.0%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Sunapee
Other: Library Used Book Sale; Summer Music Festival; Sestercentennial 2017

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/16/16

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