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Center Harbor, NH


centerharbor 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 Meredith, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Belknap County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District 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 483 over 53 years, from 511 in 1960 to 994 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 50 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, accounting for nearly half of the total numeric change. The 2013 Census estimate for Center Harbor was 994 residents, which ranked 184th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 74.6 persons per square mile of land area. Center Harbor contains 13.3 square miles of land area and 2.9 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $2,093,902
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014 $2,503,231
Zoning Ordinance 1969/14
Master Plan 2012
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Library; Zoning
Public Library James E. Nichols Memorial

EMERGENCY SERVICES
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

UTILITIES
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:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.19
2013 Equalization Ratio 95.0
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.51
2013 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 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 739
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 702
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 14
Five or More Units in Structure 9
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 14
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2013 994 60,268
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) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    440 Female:    554
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 40
Age 5 to 19 119
Age 20 to 34 150
Age 35 to 54 252
Age 55 to 64 227
Age 65 and over 206
Median Age 51.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 45.0%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $38,513
Median family income $71,607
Median household income $69,861
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $48,167
Female $4,917
Individuals below the poverty level 7.4%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 659 783
Employed 631 750
Unemployed 28 33
Unemployment Rate 4.2% 4.2%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 59 23
Average Weekly Wage $1,024 $666
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 387 322
Average Weekly Wage $347 $431
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 445 345
Average Weekly Wage $436 $447
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 16 23
Average Weekly Wage $714 $749
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 461 368
Average Weekly Wage $445 $466

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
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 36
2014 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

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
EM Heath, Inc. Hardware, rental center, groceries 50 1945
Keepsake Quilting Quilting supplies 30 1991
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

(ACS 2009-2013) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.2%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 3.3%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 2.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 20.5 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 22.5%
Commuting to another NH community 20.3%
Commuting out-of-state 57.2%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
Museums
Cinemas
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
Campgrounds
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, March 2015.
Community Response Received 06/20/14

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