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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 selectmen@gilfordnh.org
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 5,093 over 53 years, from 2,043 in 1960 to 7,136 in 2013. 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 2013 Census estimate for Gilford was 7,136 residents, which ranked 44th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 184.0 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Chester. Gilford contains 38.8 square miles of land area and 14.7 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $12,402,833
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $24,722,508
Zoning Ordinance 1962/15
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

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

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:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.30
2014 Equalization Ratio 96.8
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.65
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings88.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings10.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.6%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 4,700
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,464
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 348
Five or More Units in Structure 380
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 508
Total Population Community County
2013 7,136 60,268
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) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   3,670 Female:   3,466
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 207
Age 5 to 19 1,389
Age 20 to 34 940
Age 35 to 54 1,810
Age 55 to 64 1,330
Age 65 and over 1,460
Median Age 49.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 40.7%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 37,616
Median family income 72,025
Median household income 63,527
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 51,118
Female 45,688
Individuals below the poverty level 7.4%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 3,641 3,785
Employed 3,519 3,638
Unemployed 122.0 147
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 3.9%

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
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

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 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 335 321 532
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 6 Total Capacity: 109
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University

Gunstock Recreation Area Ski, recreation area 550
Gilford School District Education 260
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 200 1991
Walmart Retail store 200 1998
Town of Gilford Municipal services 175 1812
Bank of New Hampshire Banking services 115 2002
Shaws Supermarket Supermarket 113 2001
Orthopedic Professional Association Medical services 50 1999
WLNH/WLKZ/WEMJ Radio stations 33
*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 Municipal
Runway 5,286 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 54 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 48 miles
Portland, ME 85 miles
Boston, MA 99 miles
New York City, NY 304 miles
Montreal, Quebec 240 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 85.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.8%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 1.1%
Other Means 1.1%
Worked at home 5.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 29.5%
Commuting to another NH community 67.6%
Commuting out-of-state 2.9%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
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, October 2015.
Community Response Received 05/21/15

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