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Gilford, NH


gilford New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Gilford
Scott Dunn, Town Administrator
47 Cherry Valley Road
Gilford, NH 03249
Telephone (603) 527-4700
Fax (603) 527-4711
E-mail [email protected]
Web Site www.gilfordnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 6 pm

County Belknap
Labor Market Area Laconia, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Belknap County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 7
State Representative Belknap County District 2

Incorporated: 1812
Origin: Once a part of Gilmanton called Gunstock Parish, this town was named for a key battle at the end of the revolution, the Battle of Guilford Court House, North Carolina. The American forces managed to deplete Cornwallis's army so they were forced to retreat, leading to the surrender at Yorktown. Sargent Lemuel B. Mason, who had fought in that battle, had retired to Gunstock Parish. As the town's oldest citizen when it was incorporated in 1812, Sargent Mason had the honor of selecting a name, and he chose Gilford. North Carolina's Guilford Court House has long since been renamed Martinsville.
Villages and Place Names: Ames, Dockham Shore, Glendale, Lake Shore Park, Belknap Point
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,816 residents in 1820
Population Trends: Population change for Gilford totaled 5,099 over 54 years, from 2,043 in 1960 to 7,142 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 58 percent increase between 1960 and 1970, followed by increases of 50 and 24 percent, respectively over the next two decades. The 2014 Census estimate for Gilford was 7,142 residents, which ranked 44th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 184.1 persons per square mile of land area. Gilford contains 38.8 square miles of land area and 14.7 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $12,513,515
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $24,722,508
Zoning Ordinance 1962/16
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Fire Engineers; School; Library; Budget; Cemetery; Checklist; Trust Funds
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Recreation; Historic
Public Library Gilford Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Lakes Region General, Laconia 4 miles 88

Utilities
Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Gilford Village District; Gunstock Acres Village District
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.97
2015 Equalization Ratio 92.7
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $16.60
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings89.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings10.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.6%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 4,899
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,630
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 407
Five or More Units in Structure 369
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 493
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 7,142 60,252
2010 7,126 60,088
2000 6,836 56,576
1990 6,016 49,294
1980 4,841 42,884
1970 3,219 32,367
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   3,533 Female:   3,609
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 250
Age 5 to 19 1,236
Age 20 to 34 1,137
Age 35 to 54 1,722
Age 55 to 64 1,325
Age 65 and over 1,472
Median Age 49.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 39.5%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $39,349
Median family income $74,253
Median household income $67,440
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $46,891
Female $46,607
Individuals below the poverty level 7.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 3,641 3,785
Employed 3,519 3,638
Unemployed 122 147
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 3.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 599 289
Average Weekly Wage $678 $956
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 2,242 2,238
Average Weekly Wage $517 $674
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,840 2,527
Average Weekly Wage $550 $706
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 522 680
Average Weekly Wage $598 $620
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,362 3,207
Average Weekly Wage $558 $688

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.


(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Gilford operates grades K-12 SAU 73
Career Technology Center(s): J. Oliva Huot Technical Center (Laconia); Winnisquam Agricultural Programs Region: 8
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-4 5-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 360 338 511
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 7 Total Capacity: 129
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Gunstock Recreation Area Ski, recreation area 550
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 200 1991
Wal-Mart Retail store 200 1998
Gilford School District Education 260
Town of Gilford Municipal services 175 1812
Orthopedic Professional Association Medical services 50 1999
WLNH/WLKZ/WEMJ Radio stations 33
Shaws Supermarket Supermarket 113 2001
Bank of New Hampshire Banking services 115 2002

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality


(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 11, 11A, 11B, 11C
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 20
Distance 12 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation WTS
 
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Laconia MunicipalRunway5,286 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 54 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 48 miles
Portland, ME 81 miles
Boston, MA 99 miles
New York City, NY 298 miles
Montreal, Quebec 239 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 89.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.3%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.8%
Other Means 1.5%
Worked at home 3.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.8 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 28.1%
Commuting to another NH community 69.9%
Commuting out-of-state 2.0%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X 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): Gunstock
   
Other: Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center; Ellacoya State Beach; Outdoor skating rink

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/16/16

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