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Canterbury, NH

Canterbury New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Canterbury
Roger A. Becker, Town Administrator
PO Box 500
Canterbury, NH 03224
Telephone (603) 783-9955
Fax (603) 783-0501
E-mail canterburyadministrator@myfairpoint.net
Web Site www.canterbury-nh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 am - 1 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, 9 am - 3 pm, Tuesday, 11 am - 6 pm, Thursday, 4 pm - 8 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 2
State Senate District 7
State Representative Merrimack County Districts 9, 26

Incorporated: 1741
Origin: First granted in 1727, the town was named for William Wake, Archbishop of Canterbury. Canterbury in England is famous for its cathedral, and for being the center of English Christianity since 597 AD. The town was originally a fort or trading post where the Penacook Indians came to trade. Canterbury Shaker Village was first established in 1792, a self-contained community of the United Society of Believers, known as the Shaking Quakers or Shakers, because of their use of dance in worship. Today, the Canterbury Shaker Village is an outdoor museum and designated National Historic Landmark.
Villages and Place Names: Boyce, Canterbury Station, Canterbury Center, Hills Corner, Kezer Seminary, Shaker Village
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,038 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Canterbury totaled 1,695 over 52 years, from 674 in 1960 to 2,369 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was a 58 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, accounting for over one-third of the total population change. The 2012 Census estimate for Canterbury was 2,369 residents, which ranked 126th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 54.0 persons per square mile of land area. Canterbury contains 43.6 square miles of land area and 0.8 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $2,595,677
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013 $3,959,862
Zoning Ordinance 1956/11
Master Plan 2010
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Recreation; Recycling; Agriculture
Public Library Elkins Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 14 miles 237

Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop; Concord Electric
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
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
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.83
2012 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.55
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings91.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings6.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.6%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,033
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 980
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 34
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 19
Total Population Community County
2012 2,369 146,761
2010 2,352 146,445
2000 1,991 136,716
1990 1,692 120,618
1980 1,410 98,302
1970 895 80,925
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   1,136 Female:   1,283
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 147
Age 5 to 19 432
Age 20 to 34 295
Age 35 to 54 812
Age 55 to 64 425
Age 65 and over 308
Median Age 45 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 45.3%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $38,924
Median family income $94,107
Median household income $86,136
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $58,721
Female $42,204
Individuals below the poverty level 4.3%

Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 1,280 1,421
Employed 1,238 1,367
Unemployed 42 54
Unemployment Rate 3.3% 3.8%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 56 23
Average Weekly Wage $479 $556
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 172 193
Average Weekly Wage $543 $675
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 229 216
Average Weekly Wage $527 $662
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 76 67
Average Weekly Wage $402 $603
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 304 283
Average Weekly Wage $496 $648
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Shaker Regional (Belmont, Canterbury) SAU 80
Career Technology Center(s): J. Oliva Huot Technical Center, Laconia; Winnisquam Agricultural Programs, Tilton Region: 8
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 2
Grade Levels K 1-5 1-8
Total Enrollment 122 22
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 33
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: UNH School of Law

Canterbury Shaker Village Tours, restaurant 15+
Canterbury Elementary School Education 25
Dumpster Depot Garbage collection

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 106, 132
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 18
Distance Local access
Railroad State owned line
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 35 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 29 miles
Portland, ME 122 miles
Boston, MA 80 miles
New York City, NY 285 miles
Montreal, Quebec 246 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 11.2%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.6%
Other Means 2.3%
Worked at home 6.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 15.0%
Commuting to another NH community 80.1%
Commuting out-of-state 4.9%
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X 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
Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
Other: Shaker Village

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

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