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Freedom, NH


freedom New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Freedom
Board of Selectmen
33 Old Portland Road, PO Box 227
Freedom, NH 03836
Telephone (603) 539-6323
Fax (603) 539-8270
E-mail office@townoffreedom.net
Web Site www.townoffreedom.net

Municipal Office Hours Administrative Assistant: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 3 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, 6:30 pm - 8 pm, Tuesday, 12 noon - 8 pm, Wednesday, 9 am - 3 pm, 6:30 pm - 8 pm, Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon; Tax Collector: Monday, 11 am - 1 pm, Wednesday, 1 pm - 3 pm, Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon

County Carroll
Labor Market Area Conway, NH-ME LMA, NH part
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Mount Washington Valley Economic Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 3
State Representative Carroll County Districts 3, 7

Incorporated: 1831
Origin: Effingham, chartered in 1749, had a substantial amount of fertile farm and mill stream land. This land was attractive to settlers from Maine, and many came across the border to settle in Effingham. There was a conflict of culture and religion between the liberal new colonists and conservative people from the seacoast who already lived in Effingham. As a result, a section of that town known as North Effingham was separated into a town of its own. Incorporated as North Effingham in 1831, the town's name was appropriately changed to Freedom in 1832.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 926 residents in 1840
Population Trends: Population change for Freedom totaled 832 over 54 years, from 363 in 1960 to 1,195 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was an 86 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2014 Census estimate for Freedom was 1,195 residents, which ranked 174th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 34.6 persons per square mile of land area. Freedom contains 34.5 square miles of land area and 3.4 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $2,770,887
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $3,492,491
Zoning Ordinance 1987/14
Master Plan 2009
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By State
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; School
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Heritage
Public Library Freedom Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 23 miles 82

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells & Freedom Water Precinct
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 Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.20
2014 Equalization Ratio $102.1
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.43
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings$96.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings$2.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other$1.1%

(ACS 2010-2014) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,740
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,387
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 49
Five or More Units in Structure 18
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 286
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2014 1,195 47,623
2010 1,489 47,818
2000 1,312 43,918
1990 938 35,526
1980 720 27,929
1970 387 18,548
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   582 Female:   613
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 53
Age 5 to 19 187
Age 20 to 34 108
Age 35 to 54 255
Age 55 to 64 212
Age 65 and over 380
Median Age 54.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 28.4%

(ACS 2010-2014) ANNUAL INCOME, 2014
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $26,474
Median family income $55,313
Median household income $48,472
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $30,125
Female $32,734
Individuals below the poverty level 15.1%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 724 764
Employed 700 730
Unemployed 24 34
Unemployment Rate 3.3% 4.5%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 35 40
Average Weekly Wage $559 $882
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 134 161
Average Weekly Wage $434 $570
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 169 202
Average Weekly Wage $459 $632
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 73 69
Average Weekly Wage $376 $577
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 242 271
Average Weekly Wage $434 $618
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
Schools students attend: Freedom operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Conway SAU 13
Career Technology Center(s): Mt. Washington Valley CTC (Conway) Region: 6
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-6
Total Enrollment 62
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: -
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Conway

LARGEST BUSINESSES* PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
International Paper Company Mill yard 1976
Danforth Bay Campground Campground 2003
Totem Pole Park Campground 1988
Camp Calumet Children's camp 1966
Camp Cody Children's camp 1940
Camp Huckins YMCA camp 1930
Bobby Sue's Ice cream shop 1997
Federal Piping Plumbing & heating 1994
G.W. Brooks & Son General contractor 1963
*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 23
Distance 42 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
Portland (ME) International Distance 44 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 13
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 73 miles
Portland, ME 45 miles
Boston, MA 117 miles
New York City, NY 330 miles
Montreal, Quebec 235 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 85.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.0%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 0.7%
Other Means 0.7%
Worked at home 5.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.1 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 21.4%
Commuting to another NH community 68.7%
Commuting out-of-state 9.9%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
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
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): King Pine
   
Other: Old Home Week

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, January 2016.
Community Response Received 06/10/15

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