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Holderness, NH

holderness New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Holderness
Walter Johnson, Town Administrator
PO Box 203
Holderness, NH 03245-0203
Telephone (603) 968-3537
Fax (603) 968-9954
E-mail administrator@holderness-nh.gov
Web Site www.holderness-nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Plymouth NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 2
State Representative Grafton County District 8

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: Holderness was named in 1751 for Robert Darcy, fourth Earl of Holderness, ambassador to Venice and minister at The Hague under King George III. He opposed the king's policy toward the colonies, and became a friend of Governor Wentworth in efforts to promote friendly trade relations abroad. In 1761, the land was regranted to a group of New England families and named New Holderness. Grantees included Samuel Livermore, who wanted to create a pretentious estate similar to that of the English countryside. In 1816, residents voted to change the name back to Holderness.
Villages and Place Names: Deephaven, East Holderness, Rockywold
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 329 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Holderness totaled 1,348 over 53 years, from 749 in 1960 to 2,097 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 51 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, which followed a 40 percent increase the previous decade. The 2013 Census estimate for Holderness was 2,097 residents, which ranked 137th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 68.7 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Fitzwilliam. Holderness contains 30.5 square miles of land area and 5.4 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014-2015 $2,920,035
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $6,902,637
Zoning Ordinance 1985/14
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Trust Funds; Library
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Budget; Recreation; Zoning
Public Library Holderness

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 10 miles 25

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop
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 Limited
Public Access Television Station Share with Plymouth
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.54
2013 Equalization Ratio 89.8
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.07
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.7%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,638
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,384
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 81
Five or More Units in Structure 19
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 154
Total Population Community County
2013 2,093 89,181
2010 2,108 89,118
2000 1,939 81,826
1990 1,696 74,998
1980 1,586 65,806
1970 1,048 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   894 Female:   908
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 24
Age 5 to 19 380
Age 20 to 34 229
Age 35 to 54 483
Age 55 to 64 432
Age 65 and over 254
Median Age 51.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 53.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $37,057
Median family income $76,058
Median household income $56,458
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $49,464
Female $45,278
Individuals below the poverty level 4.9%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 1,163 1,118
Employed 1,127 1,069
Unemployed 36 49
Unemployment Rate 3.1% 4.4%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 71 78
Average Weekly Wage $619 $871
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 414 485
Average Weekly Wage $582 $609
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 485 563
Average Weekly Wage $587 $645
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 74 80
Average Weekly Wage $619 $765
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 559 643
Average Weekly Wage $592 $660

Schools students attend: Holderness operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are part of Pemi-Baker Cooperative (Ashland, Campton, Holderness, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Wentworth) SAU 48
Career Technology Center(s): Plymouth Applied Technology Center Region: 5
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 184
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 84
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University

Holderness School Education 80 1879
Granite State Plasma Cutting Metal fabrication 35 1995
Resource Management, Inc. Bioproducts/solids recycling 21
Holdernesss Central School Education 40
Science Center of New Hampshire Environmental education 12 1967
Squam Boats Marina 8

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 25, 113, 175, 175A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 25
Distance Local access
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
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 65 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 59 miles
Portland, ME 84 miles
Boston, MA 109 miles
New York City, NY 312 miles
Montreal, Quebec 217 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 88.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.9%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 4%
Other Means 0.5%
Worked at home 2.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 14.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 23.1%
Commuting to another NH community 76.9%
Commuting out-of-state 0%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
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): Waterville Valley
Other: Squam Lakes Science Center

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/21/2014

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