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Bow, NH


Bow New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Bow
David Stack, Town Manager
10 Grandview Road, Town Hall
Bow, NH 03304
Telephone (603) 228-1187
Fax (603) 224-6680
E-mail admin@bow-nh.gov
Web Site www.bow-nh.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 7:30 am - 4 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 2
Executive Council District 4
State Senate District 16
State Representative Merrimack County District 23

Incorporated: 1727
Origin: This community was one of several established in the Merrimack Valley to relieve population congestion in the seacoast. When drawn on a map, the line of communities formed a bow. There is also a bend in the Merrimack River within its borders, and the name Bow may have come from either source. Grants in this expansion were given to many prominent Portsmouth families, causing concern by residents of Rumford to the north, who objected to being hemmed in from the south, and protested to the English crown against extension of such colonization. Upon settlement of the dispute, Rumford was renamed Concord. Bow is the birthplace of Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the First Church of Christ, Scientist and leader of the Christian Science movement.
Villages and Place Names: Bow Bog, Bow Center, Bow Junction, Bow Mills, South Bow
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 568 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Bow totaled 6,263 over 52 years, from 1,340 in 1960 to 7,603 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was an 85 percent increase between 1960 and 1970; the population increased by at least 25 percent in the next two decades. The 2012 Census estimate for Bow was 7,603 residents, which ranked 40th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 268.2 persons per square mile of land area. Bow contains 28.0 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen/Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013-2014 $9,971,733
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $25,823,364
Zoning Ordinance 1955/12
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Budget; Trust Funds; Library
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Ambulance Oversight; Business Development; Heritage; Recycling; Energy; Drinking Water Protection
Public Library Baker Free

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 4 miles 237

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Unitil; PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Municipal; Private wells
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal & private
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary - Curbside
Telephone Company 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
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $29.07
2012 Equalization Ratio 97.9
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $29.08
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings63.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings12.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other24.3%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 2,785
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,657
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 9
Five or More Units in Structure 119
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2012 7,603 146,761
2010 7,519 146,445
2000 7,168 136,716
1990 5,399 120,618
1980 4,015 98,302
1970 2,479 80,925
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   3,817 Female:   3,754
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 209
Age 5 to 19 1,961
Age 20 to 34 606
Age 35 to 54 2,626
Age 55 to 64 1,164
Age 65 and over 1,005
Median Age 45 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 51.0%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $44,455
Median family income $116,992
Median household income $104,315
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $84,900
Female $53,594
Individuals below the poverty level 1.9%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 4,084 4,097
Employed 3,957 3,926
Unemployed 127 171
Unemployment Rate 3.1% 4.2%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,357 1,219
Average Weekly Wage $838 $987
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,420 1,804
Average Weekly Wage $782 $1,013
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,777 3,022
Average Weekly Wage $809 $1,002
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 492 459
Average Weekly Wage $616 $858
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,269 3,482
Average Weekly Wage $780 $983
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
Schools students attend: Bow operates grades K-12 SAU 67
Career Technology Center(s): Concord Regional Technology Center Region: 11
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 9-12 P K 1-3
Total Enrollment 438 474 507 37
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 7 Total Capacity: 404
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: UNH School of Law; Southern NH University

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
The Grappone Companies New, used vehicle sales & service 300 1924
Pitco/MagiKitch'n Commercial cooking equipment 280 1918
R.S. Audley, Inc. General construction contractor 175 1955
Public Service Co of NH Electric utility 120 1960
Amoskeag Beverages, LLC Beer wholesaler 75 2006
Structures Unlimited/Keller/Kalwall Skylight systems 75 1968
Hampton Inn Hotel 57 1990
Bovie Screen Printing Industrial, commercial screen printing 40 1987
Blue Seal Feeds Specialty commercial feeds 40 1886
Z-Tech High performance zirconia products 27 1969

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 3A, 13
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 1; I-93, Exit 12
Distance Local access; 1 mile
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 21 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 15 miles
Portland, ME 107 miles
Boston, MA 65 miles
New York City, NY 270 miles
Montreal, Quebec 244 miles

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 86.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 0.7%
Worked at home 8.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.7 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 19.5%
Commuting to another NH community 74.4%
Commuting out-of-state 6.1%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak, Mount Sunapee
   
Other: Indoor Soccer; Summer Concert Series

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, February 2014.
Community Response Received 06/25/13

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