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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 2
Executive Council District 1
State Senate 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 588 over 52 years, from 1,473 in 1960 to 2,061 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was a 13 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, the only decade that population increased over ten percent. The 2012 Census estimate for Ashland was 2,061 residents, which ranked 139th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 188.9 persons per square mile of land area. Ashland contains 11.0 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2012 $627,648
Budget: School Appropriations, 2012 $3,009,665
Zoning Ordinance 1985/10
Master Plan 1997
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Budget
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning
Public Library Ashland Town

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

UTILITIES
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:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.98
2012 Equalization Ratio 114.5
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.93
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings82.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings14.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.6%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,281
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 686
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 330
Five or More Units in Structure 221
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 44
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2012 2,061 89,181
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) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   692 Female:   961
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 168
Age 5 to 19 157
Age 20 to 34 417
Age 35 to 54 320
Age 55 to 64 265
Age 65 and over 326
Median Age 41 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 90.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 26.8%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $21,421
Median family income $48,226
Median household income $40,213
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $35,929
Female $26,208
Individuals below the poverty level 13.6%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 1,087 1,065
Employed 1,040 1,001
Unemployed 47 64
Unemployment Rate 4.3% 6.0%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 183 257
Average Weekly Wage $483 $708
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 489 451
Average Weekly Wage $481 $579
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 672 709
Average Weekly Wage $482 $626
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 87 87
Average Weekly Wage $504 $700
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 759 796
Average Weekly Wage $484 $634
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
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 174
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 24
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Town of Ashland Municipal services 21
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

(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

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 89.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 2.4%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 6.8%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 1.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 21.5 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 21.1%
Commuting to another NH community 78.3%
Commuting out-of-state 0.6%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
Cinemas
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, February 2014.
Community Response Received 05/08/13

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