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Harrisville, NH

harrisville New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Harrisville
Board of Selectmen
705 Chesham Road
Harrisville, NH 03450
Telephone (603) 827-3431 or 827-5546
Fax (603) 827-2917
E-mail Selectmen@harrisvillenh.org
Web Site http://harrisvillenh.org

Municipal Office Hours Administrative Assistant: Monday through Thursday, 9 am - 3 pm, Friday, 9 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk: Tuesday, 2 pm - 7 pm, Wednesday, 3 pm - 6:30 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 11:30 am; Tax Collector: Wednesday, 10 am - 12 noon, Thursday, 6 pm - 8 pm, Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene, NH Micropolitan 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 2
State Senate District District 10
State Representative Cheshire County Districts 9, 14

Incorporated: 1870
Origin: First settled in 1760, the town was formed from parts of Hancock, Dublin, Roxbury, Nelson, and Marlborough. The town was first known as Twitchellville, after Abel Twitchell. His daughter Deborah married Bethuel Harris, who with his sons built and operated Harris Mills, one of the first woolen mills in New England. After the business was sold, the name was changed to Cheshire Mills. The town was incorporated in 1871 as Harrisville, at the suggestion of Milan Harris, one of Bethuel's sons and a member of the state senate from 1863-1865. The Harrisville Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Villages and Place Names: Chesham, Eastview Station
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 870 residents in 1880
Population Trends: Population change for Harrisville totaled 401 over 53 years, from 459 in 1960 to 860 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 47 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; the second highest a 27 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. The 2013 Census estimate for Harrisville was 860 residents, which tied with Acworth, ranking 194th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 46.0 persons per square mile of land area. Harrisville contains 18.7 square miles of land area and 1.5 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $2,160,050
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $2,313,232
Zoning Ordinance 1959/14
Master Plan 2000
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning
Public Library Harrrisville Public

Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 11 miles 25
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 14 miles 169

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier 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 No
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.31
2014 Equalization Ratio 100.9
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.46
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.4%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 730
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 688
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 23
Five or More Units in Structure 4
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 15
Total Population Community County
2013 860 76,723
2010 961 77,117
2000 1,073 73,993
1990 977 70,223
1980 860 62,116
1970 584 52,364
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   432 Female:   428
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 40
Age 5 to 19 89
Age 20 to 34 109
Age 35 to 54 239
Age 55 to 64 221
Age 65 and over 162
Median Age 52.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 99.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 53.8%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 35,812
Median family income 82,778
Median household income 53,947
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 43,472
Female 43,125
Individuals below the poverty level 2.6%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 645 617
Employed 627 597
Unemployed 18.0 20
Unemployment Rate 2.8% 3.2%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 100 113
Average Weekly Wage $457 $558
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 26 18
Average Weekly Wage $188 $579
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 125 131
Average Weekly Wage $402 $561
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Harrisville operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Keene SAU 29
Career Technology Center(s): Cheshire Career Center (Keene); Fall Mountain RHS - CTE; Windham RCC (VT) Region: 13
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6
Total Enrollment 53
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 106
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

Harrisville Designs, Inc. Textile mill products 30 1971
Royal Mail Irish Imports
Pear Tree Studio's Art classes
Homeland Landscaping Landscaping & proprty maintenance
Shaker Style Furnishings Home décor and gifts
Harrisville General Store Convenience store
SRH Farms Farming & catering
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 137
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 3
Distance 25 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dillant-Hopkins, Swanzey
Runway 6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 50 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 48 miles
Portland, ME 144 miles
Boston, MA 85 miles
New York City, NY 230 miles
Montreal, Quebec 265 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 77.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 2.7%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 3.9%
Other Means 0%
Worked at home 15.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 26.6%
Commuting to another NH community 68.4%
Commuting out-of-state 5%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
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
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 07/20/15

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