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Boscawen, NH

boscawen New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Boscawen Municipal Office
Craig Saltmarsh, Chairman
116 North Main Street
Boscawen, NH 03303
Telephone (603) 753-9188
Fax (603) 753-9183
E-mail bos@townofboscawen.org
Web Site www.townofboscawen.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Wednesday, 4 pm - 6 pm; Town Administrator, Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 11 am, 12 noon - 4:30 pm

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Concord NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Central NH Regional
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 7
State Representative Merrimack County Districts 8, 26

Incorporated: 1760
Origin: This community was originally granted in 1732 as Contoocook, after the river of the same name. In 1760, the town was incorporated as Boscawen, in honor of an English admiral, Edward Boscawen, who fought under General Amherst in the conquest of Canada. Admiral Boscawen was responsible for the capture of the fortress at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. The Contoocook Fort on the Merrimack, one of the first log forts constructed for protection against the Indians, was built here in 1739. In July 1997, the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery was established by legislature in Boscawen on 104 acres previously used as a state forest.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,108 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Boscawen totaled 1,731 over 53 years, from 2,181 in 1960 to 3,912 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was between 1960 and 1970, when the population increased by 45 percent. The 2013 Census estimate for Boscawen was 3,912 residents, which ranked 96th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 157.4 persons per square mile of land area. Boscawen contains 24.9 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $3,689,925
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014 $3,181,401
Zoning Ordinance 1973/10
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board/CNHRPC
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Library; Conservation; Parks & Recreation; Public Works; AG Comm; Police Comm
Public Library Boscawen Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Private, part-time & volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 8 miles 237

Electric Supplier Northeast Power
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Penacook/Boscawen Precinct
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Met Tel
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
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) $27.06
2013 Equalization Ratio 100.5
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.72
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings83.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings12.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,548
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 992
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 199
Five or More Units in Structure 128
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 229
Total Population Community County
2013 3,961 146,761
2010 3,965 146,445
2000 3,684 136,716
1990 3,407 120,618
1980 3,435 98,302
1970 3,162 80,925
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   1,854 Female:   2,115
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 220
Age 5 to 19 678
Age 20 to 34 654
Age 35 to 54 1,170
Age 55 to 64 482
Age 65 and over 765
Median Age 44.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 89.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 14.3%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $25,632
Median family income $59,232
Median household income $52,171
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $49,531
Female $44,220
Individuals below the poverty level 13.4%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 1,891 1,963
Employed 1,803 1,858
Unemployed 88 105
Unemployment Rate 4.7% 5.3%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 293 271
Average Weekly Wage $825 $1,012
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 411 386
Average Weekly Wage $548 $842
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 704 657
Average Weekly Wage $663 $912
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 62 762
Average Weekly Wage $557 $718
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 766 1,418
Average Weekly Wage $655 $808

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Merrimack Valley Regional (Andover, Boscawen, Loudon, Penacook, Salisbury, Webster) SAU 46
Career Technology Center(s): Concord Regional Technology Center Region: 11
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5
Total Enrollment 265
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 95
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Magdalen; New England; UNH School of Law

Merrimack County Nursing Home & Jail Nursing home, correctional facility 450 1800
Elektrisola, Inc. Copper magnet wire 189 1976
National Lumber Retail building materials & contractor sales 150 1933
Ross Express Trucking firm 60 1947
Alan's Restaurant Restaurant & catering 37 1984
KSD Custom windows, doors 15 1989
Colby Lumber Company Soft, hardwood lumber 12 1947
Town of Boscawen Municipal services 24 1733
All States Asphalt Sales & application of liquid asphalt 10 1956

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3, 4
State Routes
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 17
Distance 2 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
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 29 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 25 miles
Portland, ME 117 miles
Boston, MA 76 miles
New York City, NY 281 miles
Montreal, Quebec 249 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 87%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.2%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 3%
Other Means 1.8%
Worked at home 4.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 20.3%
Commuting to another NH community 79.3%
Commuting out-of-state 0.4%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X 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
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
Other: Hannah Dustin Memorial; River Canoeing; NH State Veterens Cemetery; Merrimack County Facilities; Seasonal farm stands

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 7/8/2014

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