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Bethlehem, NH


bethlehem New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Bethlehem Board of Selectmen
Gerald Blanchard, Chairman
PO Box 189
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Telephone (603) 869-3351 x10
Fax (603) 869-2280
E-mail admin@bethlehemnh.org
Web Site www.bethlehemnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, Friday, 8 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 8 am - 7 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, Friday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Littleton, NH-VT LMA, NH part
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 District s1, 14

Incorporated: 1799
Origin: This community was first established in 1774 as Lloyd's Hills, the last of the provincial land grants. Probably because James Lloyd, for whom the town was named, was a loyalist, voters elected to change the name following the Revolution. The name Bethlehem was selected on the last Christmas Day in the century, and the town was so incorporated on December 27, 1799. According to the US Postal Service, Bethlehem is one of several US communities with holiday-themed names who have special holiday postmarks.
Villages and Place Names: Alderbrook, Five Corners, Maplewood, Pierce Bridge
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 171 residents in 1800
Population Trends: Population change for Bethlehem totaled 1,639 over 54 years, from 898 in 1960 to 2,537 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was between 1970 and 1980, when population increased by 56 percent. The 2014 Census estimate for Bethlehem was 2,537 residents, which ranked 118th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 27.9 persons per square mile of land area. Bethlehem contains 90.9 square miles of land area and 0.06 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $2,751,032
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $6,256,152
Zoning Ordinance 1972/11
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Planning; Zoning
Appointed:Conservation
Public Library Bethlehem Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time Chief & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Littleton Regional, Littleton 8 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; Littleton Water & Light
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Bethlehem Village District
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Time Warner; Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $30.83
2014 Equalization Ratio $96.0
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $29.19
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings$82.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings$14.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other$3.4%

(ACS 2010-2014) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,593
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,067
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 176
Five or More Units in Structure 240
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 110
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2014 2,537 89,360
2010 2,526 89,118
2000 2,206 81,826
1990 2,018 74,998
1980 1,784 65,806
1970 1,142 54,914
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   1,225 Female:   1,312
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 98
Age 5 to 19 537
Age 20 to 34 310
Age 35 to 54 796
Age 55 to 64 454
Age 65 and over 342
Median Age 43.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 89.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 30.5%

(ACS 2010-2014) ANNUAL INCOME, 2014
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $26,368
Median family income $54,464
Median household income $49,671
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $44,063
Female $42,589
Individuals below the poverty level 20.9%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 1,399 1,381
Employed 1,351 1,330
Unemployed 48 51
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 3.7%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 27 29
Average Weekly Wage $585 $525
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 314 317
Average Weekly Wage $509 $641
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 341 345
Average Weekly Wage $515 $632
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 173 180
Average Weekly Wage $624 $614
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 513 525
Average Weekly Wage $552 $626
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
Schools students attend: Bethlehem operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are part of Profile Cooperative (Bethlehem, Easton, Franconia, Sugar Hill) SAU 35
Career Technology Center(s): Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center Region: 3
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1 3
Grade Levels K 1-6 7-8 9-12 K 1-12
Total Enrollment 152 79 168 155
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 15
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Littleton

LARGEST BUSINESSES* PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Profile Junior/Senior High School Education 55 1976
White Mountain School Education 54
Bethlehem Elementary School Education 35
Pinetree Power Inc. Electric plant 20 1988
Town of Bethlehem Municipal services 15
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3, 302
State Routes 18, 116, 142
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 39 - 40
Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
 
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Twin Mountain
Runway 2,640 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 67 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 103 miles
Portland, ME 107 miles
Boston, MA 154 miles
New York City, NY 347 miles
Montreal, Quebec 173 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 2.4%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 3.9%
Other Means 2.0%
Worked at home 8.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 19.5 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 22.3%
Commuting to another NH community 74.9%
Commuting out-of-state 2.8%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
X 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
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Cannon Mountain, Bretton Woods
   
Other: Antiques; The Rocks Tree Farm; Hiking; Moutain Biking; Bretz Fielder Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, January 2016.
Community Response Received 05/21/15

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