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Barnstead, NH

barnstead New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Barnstead Board of Selectmen
Gordon Preston, Chair
PO Box 11
Center Barnstead, NH 03225
Telephone (603) 269-4071
Fax (603) 269-4072
E-mail barntownhall@metrocast.net
Web Site www.barnstead.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; Selectmen: Tuesday, 8:30 am - 7 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Tuesday, 11:30 am - 7 pm

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

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 6
State Representative Belknap County Districts 7, 8

Incorporated: 1727
Origin: Granted in 1727, this community was one of several established to deal with rapidly expanding population in the seacoast area. A majority of new settlers came from either Barnstable on Cape Cod or Hampstead on Long Island, and the name Barnstead is a conjunction of the two. Barnstead Parade, the town's central highway, was located on the Province Road which ran between Portsmouth and the Governor's summer house in Wolfeboro.
Villages and Place Names: Barnstead Parade, Center Barnstead, South Barnstead, North Barnstead
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 807 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Barnstead totaled 3,743 over 53 years, from 850 in 1960 to 4,593 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was between 1970 and 1980, when the population increased by 105 percent, more than doubling the population in those ten years. The 2013 Census estimate for Barnstead was 4,593 residents, which ranked 76th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 107.0 persons per square mile of land area. Barnstead contains 42.9 square miles of land area and 2.0 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $5,586,394
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $12,078,990
Zoning Ordinance 1971/11
Master Plan 2015
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Fire & Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Library; Checklist
Appointed:Zoning; Parks & Recreation; Conservation
Public Library Oscar Foss Memorial

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 21 miles 237
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 19 miles 82

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private; Locke Lake Colony; Pennichuck
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint; Northern NE; TDS
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) $23.96
2014 Equalization Ratio 109.7
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.15
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.1%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 2,467
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,371
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 11
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 85
Total Population Community County
2013 4,593 60,268
2010 4,593 60,088
2000 3,914 56,576
1990 3,105 49,294
1980 2,292 42,884
1970 1,119 32,367
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   2,270 Female:   2,323
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 314
Age 5 to 19 736
Age 20 to 34 844
Age 35 to 54 1,323
Age 55 to 64 816
Age 65 and over 560
Median Age 41.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 25.9%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 30,335
Median family income 75,625
Median household income 66,269
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 51,115
Female 38,819
Individuals below the poverty level 3.2%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 2,370 2,716
Employed 2,282 2,611
Unemployed 88.0 105
Unemployment Rate 3.7% 3.9%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 68 26
Average Weekly Wage $519 $629
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 158 157
Average Weekly Wage $408 $691
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 226 183
Average Weekly Wage $441 $682
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 155 169
Average Weekly Wage $450 $651
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 381 352
Average Weekly Wage $445 $667
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Barnstead operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are jointly managed with Alton (JMA) SAU 86
Career Technology Center(s): Lakes Region Technology Center (Wolfeboro) Region: 9
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 479
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 82
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; Franklin Pierce Law

Barnstead Elementary School/SAU 86 Education/administrative 106
Town of Barnstead Municipal services 96
Hampstead Stage Company Theatre group 28
Barnstead Country Store Convenience store 17 1988
Bosco Bell Convenience store, gas 14
OSG Outdoor games, paintball 14 1991
JJ Goodwin's Restaurant 8 1997
Blueberry Station Convenience store, gas 7 2005
Barnstead Business Park Auto/small engine repair and Pallet Construction Co. 7 2013
Barton's Lumber Lumber Yard 6
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 28, 107, 126
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 15
Distance 21 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Concord Municipal
Runway 6,005 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 36 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 31 miles
Portland, ME 69 miles
Boston, MA 82 miles
New York City, NY 295 miles
Montreal, Quebec 269 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 88.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.8%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 1.1%
Other Means 1.2%
Worked at home 2.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 42.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 11.3%
Commuting to another NH community 85.3%
Commuting out-of-state 3.4%
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
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
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): Gunstock
Other: Outdoor Hockey; Outdoor Skating Rink; Outdoor Basketball Courts

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 05/22/15

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