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Bridgewater, NH

bridgewater New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Bridgewater
Terence Murphy, Selectman
297 Mayhew Turnpike
Bridgewater, NH 03222
Telephone (603) 744-5055
Fax (603) 744-5971
E-mail townofbridgewaternh@gmail.com
Web Site www.bridgewater-nh.com

Municipal Office Hours Tuesday, 12 noon - 3:30 pm, Thursday, 9 am - 12 noon, and as needed

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

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 2
State Representative Grafton County Districts 9, 17

Incorporated: 1788
Origin: Bridgewater received its charter in 1788, when it was part of the town of New Chester. New Chester was separated into Bridgewater and Hill, as well as portions of Bristol, Danbury, and Wilmot. Early settlers of the area were from Bridgewater, Massachusetts, giving the town its name. Bridgewater was officially incorporated by John Sullivan, who was President of New Hampshire before the title was changed to Governor. The town line follows the eastern shore of Newfound Lake.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 281 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Bridgewater totaled 859 over 53 years, from 293 in 1960 to 1,152 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 52 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; two of the last five decades had increases of 30 percent or more. The 2013 Census estimate for Bridgewater was 1,152 residents, which ranked 179th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 53.7 persons per square mile of land area. Bridgewater contains 21.5 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $1,384,818
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014 $1,595,896
Zoning Ordinance 1983/10
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; ZBA
Public Library Bridgewater

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 13 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
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) $9.51
2013 Equalization Ratio 93.8
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $8.96
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings92.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.2%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,002
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 868
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 12
Five or More Units in Structure 9
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 113
Total Population Community County
2013 1,152 89,268
2010 1,083 89,118
2000 979 81,826
1990 743 74,998
1980 606 65,806
1970 398 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    573 Female:    579
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 33
Age 5 to 19 167
Age 20 to 34 108
Age 35 to 54 394
Age 55 to 64 241
Age 65 and over 209
Median Age 50.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 25.8%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $31,587
Median family income $67,250
Median household income $55,000
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $52,969
Female $41,000
Individuals below the poverty level 4.2%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 559 536
Employed 540 513
Unemployed 19 23
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 4.3%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 14 27
Average Weekly Wage $600 $745
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 42 74
Average Weekly Wage $842 $887
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 55 100
Average Weekly Wage $783 $850
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 13 25
Average Weekly Wage $339 $289
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 68 125
Average Weekly Wage $700 $739

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Newfound Area (Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, Danbury, Groton, Hebron, New Hampton) SAU 4
Career Technology Center(s): Plymouth Applied Technology Center Region: 5
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels
Total Enrollment
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; Granite State College-Laconia

Bridgewater Steam Power Utility 12 1988

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 3A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 23
Distance 10 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Newfound Valley, Bristol
Runway 1,900 ft. asphalt
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 42 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 63 miles
Portland, ME 94 miles
Boston, MA 115 miles
New York City, NY 320 miles
Montreal, Quebec 216 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 12.8%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 2.4%
Worked at home 4.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 28.3%
Commuting to another NH community 66.7%
Commuting out-of-state 5.0%
X 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
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
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Ragged Mountain

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, March 2015.
Community Response Received 06/19/14

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