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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 Portion
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 1,123 over 53 years, from 363 in 1960 to 1,486 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was an 86 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2013 Census estimate for Freedom was 1,486 residents, which ranked 163rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 43.1 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, 2014 $2,648,479
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $3,552,990
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 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; 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
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.36
2013 Equalization Ratio 111.1
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.69
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings96.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.1%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,712
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,450
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 30
Five or More Units in Structure 74
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 158
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2013 1,485 47,567
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) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   577 Female:   620
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 60
Age 5 to 19 160
Age 20 to 34 106
Age 35 to 54 263
Age 55 to 64 219
Age 65 and over 389
Median Age 55.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95%
Bachelor's degree or higher 27.9%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $27,443
Median family income $48,500
Median household income $42,188
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $35,536
Female $31,000
Individuals below the poverty level 14.5%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 715 721
Employed 690 683
Unemployed 25 38
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 5.3%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 37 35
Average Weekly Wage $643 $929
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 156 148
Average Weekly Wage $387 $547
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 194 183
Average Weekly Wage $436 $620
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 70 72
Average Weekly Wage $409 $576
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 264 255
Average Weekly Wage $429 $608

(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 Career Technical Center, N 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 76
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
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

(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 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 89.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.3%
Public transportation 0.6%
Walked 0%
Other Means 0.6%
Worked at home 6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31.3 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 23.2%
Commuting to another NH community 61.9%
Commuting out-of-state 14.9%
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, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/28/2014

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