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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 District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District 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 1,581 over 53 years, from 1,470 in 1960 to 3,051 in 2013. 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 2013 Census estimate for Bristol was 3,051 residents, which ranked 107th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 178.6 persons per square mile of land area. Bristol contains 17.1 square miles of land area and 5.0 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $5,466,274
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $5,178,481
Zoning Ordinance 1985/14
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

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

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Bristol Water and Sewer
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:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.18
2013 Equalization Ratio 101.8
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.92
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings86.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings9.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.2%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 2,482
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,950
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 262
Five or More Units in Structure 115
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 155
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2013 3,051 89,268
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) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    1,374 Female:    1,677
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 135
Age 5 to 19 570
Age 20 to 34 431
Age 35 to 54 838
Age 55 to 64 511
Age 65 and over 566
Median Age 45.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 27.1%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $26,641
Median family income $62,969
Median household income $48,429
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $43,906
Female $36,439
Individuals below the poverty level 11.9%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 1,589 1,452
Employed 1,512 1,376
Unemployed 77 76
Unemployment Rate 4.8% 5.2%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 505 492
Average Weekly Wage $877 $917
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 567 642
Average Weekly Wage $429 $523
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,072 1,134
Average Weekly Wage $640 $694
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 297 303
Average Weekly Wage $521 $706
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,369 1,437
Average Weekly Wage $614 $697

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
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 391 259 377 10
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 84
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; Granite State College-Laconia

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
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

(ACS 2009-2013) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.0%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.9%
Other Means 2.2%
Worked at home 5.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 38.4 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 22.4%
Commuting to another NH community 67.4%
Commuting out-of-state 10.2%
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
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, March 2015.
Community Response Received 07/08/14

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