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Jefferson, NH

jefferson New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Jefferson
Board of Selectmen
PO Box 81
Jefferson, NH 03583
Telephone (603) 586-4553
Fax Not Available
E-mail townofjefferson@myfairpoint.net
Web Site www.jeffersonnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen's Office: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am - 12 noon, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Friday, 7:30 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk: Monday, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Tuesday, 9 am - 11:30 am, Thursday, 3 pm - 7 pm

County Coös
Labor Market Area Littleton, NH-VT LMA, NH part
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Coös Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 1
State Representative Coös County Districts 5, 7

Incorporated: 1796
Origin: This territory was first granted in 1765 as Dartmouth, after William Legge, Earl of Dartmouth and patron of Dartmouth College. The location was so deep in unexplored territory that few took up their claims, and a regrant was issued to several influential men from about the state. Those who did settle the area included Samuel Hale and Colonel Joseph Whipple of Portsmouth, who cut trails through the forests to build a manor house. Colonel Whipple was a brother of William Whipple, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and an ardent supporter of Thomas Jefferson. At the Colonel's suggestion, the town was incorporated in 1796 as Jefferson, four years prior to Thomas Jefferson's election as President.
Villages and Place Names: Baileys, Highlands, Jefferson Highlands, Riverton, Starr King, Waumbeck Junction, Cherry Mountain, Meadows
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 111 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Jefferson totaled 264 over 53 years, from 600 in 1960 to 864 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 20 percent increase between 1980 and 1990; the second largest was a 19 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. The 2013 Census estimate for Jefferson was 864 residents, which ranked 193rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 17.2 persons per square mile of land area. Jefferson contains 50.1 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $849,316
Budget: School Appropriations, 2012-2013 $2,102,938
Zoning Ordinance 1987/07
Master Plan 1999
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Checklist; Town Clerk
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Tax Collector
Public Library Jefferson Public

Police Department Part-time
Fire Department Voulnteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster 8 miles 25

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 PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.75
2013 Equalization Ratio 106.7
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.12
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings85.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings10.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.7%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 543
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 449
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 15
Five or More Units in Structure 13
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 66
Total Population Community County
2013 864 32,141
2010 1,107 33,055
2000 1,008 33,156
1990 960 34,879
1980 803 35,014
1970 714 34,189
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    420 Female:    444
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 20
Age 5 to 19 149
Age 20 to 34 87
Age 35 to 54 270
Age 55 to 64 190
Age 65 and over 148
Median Age 49.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 90.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 26.9%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $28,028
Median family income $63,636
Median household income $50,000
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $44,830
Female $36,667
Individuals below the poverty level 6.8%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 574 600
Employed 551 572
Unemployed 23 28
Unemployment Rate 4.0% 4.7%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 41 35
Average Weekly Wage $459 $584
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 249 352
Average Weekly Wage $416 $469
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 291 388
Average Weekly Wage $422 $479
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 47 37
Average Weekly Wage $456 $565
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 338 425
Average Weekly Wage $428 $487

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of White Mountains Regional (Carroll, Dalton, Jefferson, Lancaster, Whitefield) SAU 36
Career Technology Center(s): Hugh Gallen Regional Career & Technical Center, Littleton; White Mountain Regional High - CTE, Whitefield Region: 3
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 2
Grade Levels K 1-6 K 1-12
Total Enrollment 87 17
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 30
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State Univerity; Granite State College-Berlin

Santa's Village Seasonal amusement 200
Cherry Pond Industry Furniture 15 1990
Ingerson Transportation Trucking 15
Old Corner Store Convenience store, deli 12
Hicks Logging Logging 14 1997
Evergreen Motel Lodging 2 1960

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 2
State Routes 115, 115A, 116
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 35 - 36
Distance 21 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Mt Washington Reg, Whitefield
Runway 4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 93 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 113 miles
Portland, ME 109 miles
Boston, MA 164 miles
New York City, NY 360 miles
Montreal, Quebec 186 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 76.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.9%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 8.4%
Other Means 4.4%
Worked at home 1.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 14.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 23.9%
Commuting to another NH community 75.6%
Commuting out-of-state 0.5%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Bretton Woods
Other: Pondicherry Sanctuary

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, March 2015.
Community Response Received 05/27/14

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