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Fitzwilliam, NH

fitzwilliam New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Fitzwilliam
Board of Selectmen
PO Box 725
Fitzwilliam, NH 03447
Telephone (603) 585-7770; 585-7723
Fax (603) 585-7744
E-mail fitzwilliamnh@wivalley.net
Web Site www.fitzwilliam-nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, Friday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, 1 pm - 5 pm, Wednesday 6 pm - 8 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesday, 1 pm - 5 pm, Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm; Tax Collector: Monday, 8:30 am - 11:45 am, Tuesday, Thursday, 1 pm - 4 pm

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District District 9
State Representative Cheshire County Districts 11, 14

Incorporated: 1773
Origin: Fitzwilliam was originally settled as Monadnock Number 4, one in a line of eight towns settled by Scottish colonists. Governor Wentworth named the town to honor his cousin William, fourth Earl of Fitzwilliam. Early grantees in Fitzwilliam included General James Reed and Matthew Thornton, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Fitzwilliam had one of the earliest granite quarrying operations in New Hampshire. It is the location of Rhododendron State Park, which has the largest rhododendron grove in New England and was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1982.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,038 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Fitzwilliam totaled 1,413 over 53 years, from 966 in 1960 to 2,379 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 41 percent increase between 1960 and 1970, and a 32 percent increase the next decade. The 2013 Census estimate for Fitzwilliam was 2,379 residents, which ranked 125th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 68.7 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Holderness. Fitzwilliam contains 34.6 square miles of land area and 1.4 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $2,297,899
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $5,493,602
Zoning Ordinance 1982/10
Master Plan 2011
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Budget
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation
Public Library Fitzwilliam Town

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 15 miles 140

Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Fitzwilliam Village Water; private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
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
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.34
2013 Equalization Ratio 103.9
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $29.68
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings80%
Commercial Land and Buildings6.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other13.9%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,236
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,016
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 51
Five or More Units in Structure 97
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 72
Total Population Community County
2013 2,386 76,851
2010 2,396 77,117
2000 2,148 73,993
1990 2,014 70,223
1980 1,795 62,116
1970 1,362 52,364
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   1,323 Female:   1,253
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 148
Age 5 to 19 379
Age 20 to 34 369
Age 35 to 54 930
Age 55 to 64 389
Age 65 and over 361
Median Age 47.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 28.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $30,995
Median family income $81,346
Median household income $63,750
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $51,055
Female $35,845
Individuals below the poverty level 3.2%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 1,326 1,374
Employed 1,276 1,321
Unemployed 50 53
Unemployment Rate 3.8% 3.9%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 174 58
Average Weekly Wage $910 $934
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 155 131
Average Weekly Wage $462 $680
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 329 190
Average Weekly Wage $699 $759
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 83 69
Average Weekly Wage $472 $715
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 411 258
Average Weekly Wage $654 $747

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Monadnock Regional (Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Richmond, Roxbury, Swanzey, Troy) SAU 93
Career Technology Center(s): The Cheshire Career Center, Keene; Fall Mountain Regional High School - CTE, Langdon; Windham Regional Career Center, Brattleboro, VT Region: 13
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-6
Total Enrollment 177
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Franklin Pierce University; Keene State; Antioch New England

PLP Composite Technologies Fiberglass flag poles 20 1980
Damon Lumber Lumber sales 6
Holman Construction Construction

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 12, 119
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 2
Distance 29 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Jaffrey - Silver Ranch
Runway 2,982 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 47 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 51 miles
Portland, ME 156 miles
Boston, MA 72 miles
New York City, NY 234 miles
Montreal, Quebec 270 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 77.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 11.5%
Public transportation 0.6%
Walked 2.8%
Other Means 0.8%
Worked at home 6.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 14.4%
Commuting to another NH community 65.7%
Commuting out-of-state 19.9%
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
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
X 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
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
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: Rhododendron State Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 6/20/2014

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