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Bath, NH

bath New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Bath
Pam Murphy, Administrative Assistant
PO Box 88
Bath, NH 03740
Telephone (603) 747-2454
Fax (603) 747-0497
E-mail bathnh@myfairpoint.net
Web Site www.bathnh.info

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Friday, 8:30 am - 12 noon

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Haverhill NH LMA
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 1
State Representative Grafton County Districts 3, 15

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: The Bath town charter, granted in 1761, set aside land in equal shares for 68 families, with a church and a school. The town was named for a prominent English statesman, William Pulteney, first Earl of Bath, who served as Secretary of War and was known as one of the best orators in Parliament. Bath was one of the 16 towns involved in a protracted border dispute with the independent state of Vermont, before it was admitted to the Union in 1791. The town has three covered bridges crossing the Ammonoosuc River that were built in the early 1800's.
Villages and Place Names: Nutter, Pettyboro, Swiftwater, Upper Village, West Bath
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 493 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Bath totaled 478 over 53 years, from 604 in 1960 to 1,082 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change occurred between 1970 and 1980, when the population increased by 25 percent, a numeric increase of 154. The 2013 Census estimate for Bath was 1,082 residents, which ranked 184th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 28.4 persons per square mile of land area. Bath contains 38.2 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $1,003,453
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $2,156,632
Zoning Ordinance 1989/07
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Cemetery
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation
Public Library Bath Public

Police Department Part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Private
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cottage Hospital, Woodsville 4 miles 25

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

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.24
2013 Equalization Ratio 115
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.67
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings78.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other19%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 513
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 454
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 14
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 45
Total Population Community County
2013 1,077 89,181
2010 1,077 89,118
2000 895 81,826
1990 734 74,998
1980 761 65,806
1970 607 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   473 Female:   398
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 31
Age 5 to 19 164
Age 20 to 34 97
Age 35 to 54 170
Age 55 to 64 155
Age 65 and over 254
Median Age 53 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 27.3%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $27,011
Median family income $55,769
Median household income $50,250
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $43,269
Female $35,938
Individuals below the poverty level 9%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 466 514
Employed 454 493
Unemployed 12 21
Unemployment Rate 2.6% 4.1%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 198 71
Average Weekly Wage $642 $593
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 30 26
Average Weekly Wage $368 $584
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 228 97
Average Weekly Wage $606 $591

Schools students attend: Bath operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Haverhill Cooperative (Bath, Benton, Haverhill, Piermont, Warren) SAU 23
Career Technology Center(s): River Bend Career and Technical Center, Bradford VT Region: 4
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6
Total Enrollment 59
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Littleton

HG Wood Industries Sawmill 40 1972

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 302
State Routes 10, 112, 135
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 17
Distance 8 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dean Memorial, Haverhill
Runway 2,500 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 51 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 125 miles
Portland, ME 133 miles
Boston, MA 176 miles
New York City, NY 313 miles
Montreal, Quebec 166 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 67.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.8%
Public transportation 1.5%
Walked 5.4%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 15.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 25.3%
Commuting to another NH community 58%
Commuting out-of-state 16.7%
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
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Cannon

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/22/2014

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