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Dunbarton, NH


Dunbarton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Dunbarton
Board of Selectmen
1011 School Street
Dunbarton, NH 03046
Telephone (603) 774-3541
Fax (603) 774-5541
E-mail townadministrator@dunbartonnh.org
Web Site www.dunbartonnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, Wednesday, 7:30 am - 3:30 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, 11 am - 7 pm

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Manchester NH Metro-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 5
State Senate District 16
State Representative Merrimack County District 23

Incorporated: 1765
Origin: Dunbarton was first granted in 1735 as Gorham's-town to soldiers returning from the Canada Expedition who had served under Captain John Gorham. It was regranted in 1748 as Starkstown to settlers led by Archibald Stark, whose son was General John Stark, patriot of Bunker Hill and the Battle of Bennington, and whose grandson Caleb was a famous industrialist who established textile mills in Manchester. In 1752, the Masonian Proprietors confirmed the grant under a new charter as Dunbarton, named for Dumbartonshire in Scotland, site of Dunbar Castle and native county of Archibald Stark. The town was incorporated in 1765.
Villages and Place Names: Baileys Corner, Dunbarton Center, Pages Corner
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 917 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Dunbarton totaled 2,155 over 52 years, from 632 in 1960 to 2,787 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was a 49 percent increase between 1980 and 1990, which followed a 42 percent increase over the previous decade. The 2012 Census estimate for Dunbarton was 2,787 residents, which ranked 112th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 89.3 persons per square mile of land area. Dunbarton contains 30.9 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $2,180,580
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013 $5,508,875
Zoning Ordinance 1970/10
Master Plan 2005
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Cemetery; Ethics; Trust Fund
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation
Public Library Dunbarton Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department 3 Full & 5 part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 10 miles 237

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Dunbarton Telephone
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access No
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
Businessunknown
ResidentialAvailable

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.37
2012 Equalization Ratio 110.7
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.64
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other7.5%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,132
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,073
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 27
Five or More Units in Structure 12
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 20
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2012 2,787 146,761
2010 2,758 146,445
2000 2,250 136,716
1990 1,748 120,618
1980 1,174 98,302
1970 825 80,925
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   1,362 Female:   1,394
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 86
Age 5 to 19 596
Age 20 to 34 288
Age 35 to 54 1,128
Age 55 to 64 434
Age 65 and over 224
Median Age 45 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 40.4%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $43,681
Median family income $102,095
Median household income $98,482
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $59,417
Female $54,922
Individuals below the poverty level 7.4%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 1,455 1,696
Employed 1,407 1,626
Unemployed 48 70
Unemployment Rate 3.3% 4.1%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 88 60
Average Weekly Wage $861 $1,431
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 49 72
Average Weekly Wage $643 $783
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 137 132
Average Weekly Wage $783 $1,078
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 56 62
Average Weekly Wage $519 $677
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 193 195
Average Weekly Wage $706 $950
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
Schools students attend: Dunbarton operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Goffstown SAU 19
Career Technology Center(s): Manchester School of Technology Region: 15
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6
Total Enrollment 197
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 57
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Southern NH University; St. Anselm; Mount Washington College; UNH-Manchester

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Pages Corner Store Convenience Store 10 2006
Dunbarton Telephone Telephone services 6 1952
Capital Well Well drilling company 6 1998
Carroll Street Auto Antique cars 8 2008
Pioneer Sportsman Club Shooting area 4 1970
Nichols Garage Repair shop 4 2002
Mansion Stables Horses 4 2000
Cater Stables Horses 4
Belanger Land Surveying PLLC Land surveying services 4

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 13
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 2
Distance 8 miles
Railroad No
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 19 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 13 miles
Portland, ME 115 miles
Boston, MA 66 miles
New York City, NY 264 miles
Montreal, Quebec 244 miles

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.8%
Public transportation 0.2%
Walked 1.5%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 8.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.4 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 14.3%
Commuting to another NH community 82.5%
Commuting out-of-state 3.2%
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
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
X 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
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak
   
Other: Forest w/ Walking Trails

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, February 2014.
Community Response Received 05/28/13

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