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Center Harbor, NH

Center Harbor New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Center Harbor Board of Selectmen
Robin Woodaman, Secretary to Selectmen
PO Box 140
Center Harbor, NH 03226
Telephone (603) 253-4561
Fax (603) 253-8420
E-mail chselectmen@metrocast.net
Web Site www.centerharbornh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 am - 3 pm, Wednesday, 9 am - 12 noon, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

County Belknap
Labor Market Area Moultonborough NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Belknap County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 2
State Representative Belknap County District 1

Incorporated: 1797
Origin: Center Harbor gets its name from two sources: from its location, centered between Meredith and Moultonborough Harbors, and also for the Senter family, who were owners of a large amount of property in the area. The town was incorporated in 1797 after being separated from New Hampton. Center Harbor was a landing place for lake steamers and stagecoaches, making it a popular summer resort. Center Harbor was a favorite spot of John Greenleaf Whittier, and the home of Dudley Leavitt, author and publisher of the first Farmers Almanac in 1797.
Villages and Place Names: West Center Harbor
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 263 residents in 1800
Population Trends: Population change for Center Harbor totaled 587 over 52 years, from 511 in 1960 to 1,098 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was a 50 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, accounting for nearly half of the total numeric change. The 2012 Census estimate for Center Harbor was 1,098 residents, which ranked 181st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 82.1 persons per square mile of land area. Center Harbor contains 13.4 square miles of land area and 3.2 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $2,316,522
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013 $2,547,334
Zoning Ordinance 1969/13
Master Plan 2012
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Library; Zoning
Public Library James E. Nichols Memorial

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 15 miles 25
Lakes Region General, Laconia 16 miles 88

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic & 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 Limited
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) $12.97
2012 Equalization Ratio 95.2
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.33
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.5%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 714
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 671
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 12
Five or More Units in Structure 17
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 14
Total Population Community County
2012 1,098 60,327
2010 1,096 60,088
2000 1,000 56,576
1990 979 49,294
1980 808 42,884
1970 540 32,367
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   459 Female:   575
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 41
Age 5 to 19 153
Age 20 to 34 149
Age 35 to 54 276
Age 55 to 64 197
Age 65 and over 218
Median Age 49 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 44.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $33,244
Median family income $63,125
Median household income $59,417
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $51,136
Female $46,375
Individuals below the poverty level 9.9%

Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 646 797
Employed 623 761
Unemployed 23 36
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 4.5%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 42 19
Average Weekly Wage $1,158 $593
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 358 275
Average Weekly Wage $374 $498
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 399 293
Average Weekly Wage $456 $504
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 16 25
Average Weekly Wage $722 $722
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 415 318
Average Weekly Wage $466 $521
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Inter-Lakes Cooperative (Center Harbor, Meredith, Sandwich) SAU 2
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
Grade Levels 7-12
Total Enrollment 40
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 14
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University

EM Heath, Inc. Hardware, rental center, groceries 50 1945
Keepsake Quilting Quilting supplies 30 1991
Bay Gull Bagel shop 10 1995
Maxwell Real Estate Real estate 10 2007

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 25, 25B
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 23
Distance 13 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Moultonborough Airport
Runway 3,475 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 68 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 62 miles
Portland, ME 75 miles
Boston, MA 113 miles
New York City, NY 318 miles
Montreal, Quebec 228 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 89.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.1%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 5.0%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 2.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 11.4%
Commuting to another NH community 83.4%
Commuting out-of-state 5.2%
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X 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
Tourists Attractions
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 Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
Other: Proctor Sanctuary

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

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