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Bristol, NH

Bristol New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Bristol
Michael Capone, Town Administrator
230 Lake Street
Bristol, NH 03222
Telephone (603) 744-3354
Fax (603) 744-2521
E-mail townadmin@townofbristolnh.org
Web Site www.townofbristolnh.org

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

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

Incorporated: 1819
Origin: Bristol was incorporated in 1819, established on land taken from Bridgewater and New Chester (Hill). Extensive deposits of fine sand or clay similar to the Bristol sand used in Bristol, England, to make fine china and pottery gave this town its name. Here the sand was used to make a superior quality brick, marketed as Bristol brick. The town was center of manufacturing in the early days for such diverse goods as paper, leather, woolens, flannel, bedsteads, and piano stools. Bristol encompasses the lower two-thirds of Newfound Lake, including Wellington State Park.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 675 residents in 1820
Population Trends: Population change for Bristol totaled 1,572 over 52 years, from 1,470 in 1960 to 3,042 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was a 32 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, accounting for over one-third of the total numeric change. The 2012 Census estimate for Bristol was 3,042 residents, which ranked 107th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 178.5 persons per square mile of land area. Bristol contains 17.1 square miles of land area and 5.2 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $5,375,356
Budget: School Appropriations, Not Available
Zoning Ordinance 1985/10
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen, Budget
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Library; Conservation; Historic District
Public Library Minot-Sleeper

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 14 miles 25

Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Bristol Public Works
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.95
2012 Equalization Ratio 96.5
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.65
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings86.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings9.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 2,522
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,964
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 228
Five or More Units in Structure 195
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 135
Total Population Community County
2012 3,042 89,181
2010 3,054 89,118
2000 3,033 81,826
1990 2,614 74,998
1980 2,198 65,806
1970 1,670 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   1,393 Female:   1,667
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 109
Age 5 to 19 600
Age 20 to 34 366
Age 35 to 54 901
Age 55 to 64 489
Age 65 and over 595
Median Age 48 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 90.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 28.1%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $24,048
Median family income $49,813
Median household income $46,287
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $43,080
Female $33,821
Individuals below the poverty level 15.2%

Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 1,576 1,471
Employed 1,519 1,387
Unemployed 57 84
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 5.7%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 526 453
Average Weekly Wage $709 $890
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 584 671
Average Weekly Wage $397 $483
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,110 1,123
Average Weekly Wage $545 $647
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 291 323
Average Weekly Wage $506 $674
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,401 1,446
Average Weekly Wage $437 $653
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

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 2 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 K 1-3
Total Enrollment 419 258 402 10
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 71
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; Granite State College-Laconia

Newfound Area Schools Education 250
Freudenberg-NOK Oil, grease seals, molded rubber 210 1949
Town of Bristol Municipal services 32 FT/53 PT 1819
Shop 'n Save Supermarket 30
TD Bank Banking services 25 1970
Homestead Restaurant Restaurant 25 1975
RP Williams & Sons Retail lumber store 21 1950
Shackett's Grocery Convenience store 20 1945

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 3A, 104
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 23
Distance 6 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
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 60 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 55 miles
Portland, ME 94 miles
Boston, MA 105 miles
New York City, NY 310 miles
Montreal, Quebec 228 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.9%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 5.5%
Other Means 1.2%
Worked at home 4.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 29.1%
Commuting to another NH community 67.1%
Commuting out-of-state 3.8%
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
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
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, Tenney, Waterville Valley Mountains
Other: Wellington State Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, February 2014.
Community Response Received 05/08/13

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