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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 [email protected]
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 302 over 54 years, from 600 in 1960 to 902 in 2014. 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 2014 Census estimate for Jefferson was 902 residents, which ranked 191st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 18.0 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.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $692,442
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $1,766,704
Zoning Ordinance 1987/11
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

Emergency Services
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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.37
2015 Equalization Ratio 103.8
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.34
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings84.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings10.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other5.1%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 587
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 490
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 19
Five or More Units in Structure 14
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 64
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 902 32,202
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   438 Female:   464
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 21
Age 5 to 19 116
Age 20 to 34 89
Age 35 to 54 275
Age 55 to 64 218
Age 65 and over 183
Median Age 52.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 89.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 28.0%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $29,960
Median family income $69,167
Median household income $51,188
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $44,188
Female $36,250
Individuals below the poverty level 8.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 581 629
Employed 560 605
Unemployed 21 24
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 3.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 45 35
Average Weekly Wage $446 $588
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 263 359
Average Weekly Wage $416 $459
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 308 395
Average Weekly Wage $421 $470
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 41 34
Average Weekly Wage $469 $587
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 349 429
Average Weekly Wage $426 $480

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of White Mountains Regional (Carroll, Dalton, Jefferson, Lancaster, Whitefield) SAU 36
Career Technology Center(s): Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center Region: 3
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 2
Grade Levels K 1-6 P 1-12
Total Enrollment 71 25
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 22
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State Univerity; Granite State College-Berlin

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
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

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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, WhitefieldRunway4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 93 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 115 miles
Portland, ME 112 miles
Boston, MA 165 miles
New York City, NY 357 miles
Montreal, Quebec 176 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 87.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 1.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.6%
Other Means 2.4%
Worked at home 6.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 21.0%
Commuting to another NH community 77.1%
Commuting out-of-state 1.9%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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, August 2016. Community Response Received 06/01/16

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