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Effingham, NH

effingham New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Effingham Board of Selectmen
Claudia Lamphier, Administrative Assistant
68 School Street
Effingham, NH 03882
Telephone (603) 539-7770
Fax (603) 539-7799
E-mail effingham@roadrunner.com
Web Site www.effinghamnh.net

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 9 am - 2 pm, Friday, 9 am - 12 noon, closed Wednesday; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Tuesday, 8 am - 6 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, Friday, 8 am - 12 noon

County Carroll
Labor Market Area Wolfeboro, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Wentworth Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 3
State Representative Carroll County Districts 5, 8

Incorporated: 1778
Origin: This town was first settled by the Leavitts of Hampton, led by Captain John Leavitt, a soldier who had fought the French and Indians at Lake George. The territory was known as Leavittstown from the time of the initial charter in 1749 until 1778. The name Effingham was probably selected by Governor Wentworth in honor of the Howard family, who were Earls of Effingham and related to the governor by marriage, although the name was not used until the town's 1778 incorporation, after the start of the Revolution.
Villages and Place Names: Center Effingham, Chases Mill, Effingham Falls, Grape Corner, Pine River, South Effingham, Drake's Corner
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 154 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Effingham totaled 1,048 over 53 years, from 329 in 1960 to 1,377 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 66 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 58 percent increase over the next decade. The 2013 Census estimate for Effingham was 1,377 residents, which ranked 165th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 35.4 persons per square mile of land area. Effingham contains 38.9 square miles of land area and 1.1 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $1,807,461
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $2,291,144
Zoning Ordinance 2000/15
Master Plan 2013
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library
Appointed:Conservation; Historic District
Public Library Effingham Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer/Contracted
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 20 miles 82

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Time Warner Cable; Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.28
2014 Equalization Ratio 110.2
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.29
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings7.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.9%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 975
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 831
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 11
Five or More Units in Structure 38
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 95
Total Population Community County
2013 1,377 47,634
2010 1,465 47,818
2000 1,277 43,918
1990 944 35,526
1980 599 27,929
1970 360 18,548
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   749 Female:   628
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 38
Age 5 to 19 207
Age 20 to 34 223
Age 35 to 54 385
Age 55 to 64 258
Age 65 and over 266
Median Age 47.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 89.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 18.6%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 22,011
Median family income 55,875
Median household income 45,156
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 40,735
Female 30,655
Individuals below the poverty level 17.3%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 709 788
Employed 689 750
Unemployed 20.0 38
Unemployment Rate 2.8% 4.8%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 11 42
Average Weekly Wage $291 $604
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Governor Wentworth Regional (Brookfield, Effingham, Middleton, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro) SAU 49
Career Technology Center(s): Lakes Region Technology Center (Wolfeboro) Region: 9
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6
Total Enrollment 87
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 17
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Conway

Boyles Family Market Convenience store 10  
Thermalarm Products, Inc. Alarm thermometers 3 1972
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 25, 153
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 24
Distance 42 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Eastern Slopes, Fryeburg ME
Runway 4,200 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 44 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 13
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 71 miles
Portland, ME 45 miles
Boston, MA 115 miles
New York City, NY 328 miles
Montreal, Quebec 235 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 14%
Public transportation 0.8%
Walked 0%
Other Means 0%
Worked at home 6.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 19.5%
Commuting to another NH community 70.6%
Commuting out-of-state 9.9%
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
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): King Pine
Other: Watts Sanctuary

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 08/13/15

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