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Ashland, NH

ashland New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Ashland
Paul Branscombe, Town Administrator
20 Highland Street, PO Box 517
Ashland, NH 03217
Telephone (603) 968-4432
Fax (603) 968-3776
E-mail townoffice@ashland.nh.gov
Web Site www.ashland.nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 5 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Plymouth, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 2
State Representative Grafton County Districts 9, 17

Incorporated: 1868
Origin: Once the southwest portion of Holderness known as the village section, Ashland was not incorporated until 1868. The name Ashland was in honor of the birthplace and Kentucky estate of Henry Clay, Secretary of State and Senator from Kentucky. The name was suggested by Colonel Thomas Cheney, who had been assistant Sargent-at-Arms in Congress during Clay's service in Washington, and an active participant in the formation of the Republican party in New Hampshire. The geographic center of New Hampshire is located three miles east of Ashland.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 885 residents in 1870
Population Trends: Population change for Ashland totaled 1,796 over 53 years, from 1,473 in 1960 to 1,796 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 13 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, the only decade that population increased over ten percent. The 2013 Census estimate for Ashland was1,796 residents, which ranked 146th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 158.7 persons per square mile of land area. Ashland contains 11.3 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $6,812,731
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $3,299,365
Zoning Ordinance 1985/10
Master Plan 2014
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Budget
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning
Public Library Ashland Town

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 7 miles 25

Electric Supplier Ashland Electric
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Ashland Water Department
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company BayRing; Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.97
2014 Equalization Ratio 96.6
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.91
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings82.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings15.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.3%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,383
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 757
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 319
Five or More Units in Structure 245
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 62
Total Population Community County
2013 1,796 89,268
2010 2,076 89,118
2000 1,966 81,826
1990 1,917 74,998
1980 1,807 65,806
1970 1,599 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   767 Female:   1,029
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 148
Age 5 to 19 165
Age 20 to 34 524
Age 35 to 54 298
Age 55 to 64 292
Age 65 and over 369
Median Age 39.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 27.5%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 22,083
Median family income 50,266
Median household income 39,390
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 36,773
Female 26,302
Individuals below the poverty level 18.3%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 1,079 1,149
Employed 1,051 1,099
Unemployed 28.0 50
Unemployment Rate 2.6% 4.4%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 156 272
Average Weekly Wage $621 $749
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 480 481
Average Weekly Wage $500 $631
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 636 753
Average Weekly Wage $530 $674
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 87 85
Average Weekly Wage $559 $710
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 722 838
Average Weekly Wage $533 $677
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Ashland operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are part of Pemi-Baker Cooperative (Ashland, Campton, Holderness, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Wentworth) SAU 2 & 48
Career Technology Center(s): Plymouth Applied Technology Center Region: 5
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 163
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 9
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University

Rochester Shoe Tree Co., Inc. Shoe trees 90 1979
Freudenberg-NOK Elastomeric seals & custom molded products 50 1949
Common Man Restaurant 50
Belletetes Lumber sales 35
Town of Ashland Municipal services 21
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 132, 175
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 24
Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Plymouth Regional
Runway 2,380 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 52 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 55 miles
Portland, ME 86 miles
Boston, MA 106 miles
New York City, NY 311 miles
Montreal, Quebec 217 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 86.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 2.1%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 10.5%
Other Means 0%
Worked at home 1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 19.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 20.5%
Commuting to another NH community 78.9%
Commuting out-of-state 0.6%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Loon, Waterville, & Ragged Mountains
Other: Little Squam Lake

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 06/12/15

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