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Mason, NH

mason New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Mason Board of Selectmen
Louise Lavoie, Chairman
16 Darling Hill Road
Mason, NH 03048
Telephone (603) 878-2070
Fax (603) 878-4892
E-mail selectmen@masonnh.us
Web Site www.masonnh.us

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Thursday, 11 am - 3 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Tuesday, 10 am - 4 pm, 6 pm - 7:30 pm, Wednesday, 10 am - 6 pm, Thursday, 10 am - 4 pm, last Saturday, 10 am - 12 noon

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Nashua Regional
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District District 12
State Representative Hillsborough County District 26

Incorporated: 1768
Origin: This territory was first known as Number 1, the first in a line of border towns including area allotted to this state by Massachusetts upon establishment of New Hampshire as a separate province in 1741. The initial charter was granted in 1749 to William Lawrence and others. In 1768, Governor John Wentworth named it in honor of Captain John Mason, even though residents had voted to name their town Sharon a couple of months earlier. Captain Mason was the holder of patent with title to the land that became New Hampshire. Mason was the boyhood home of Uncle Sam, Samuel Wilson.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 922 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Mason totaled 980 over 54 years, from 349 in 1960 to 1,329 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 73 percent increase between 1980 and 1990; this was followed by 48 and 53 percent increases, respectively in the previous two decades. The 2014 Census estimate for Mason was 1,329 residents, which ranked 168th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 55.4 persons per square mile of land area. Mason contains 24.0 square miles of land area and 0.01 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $1,784,056
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $2,950,683
Zoning Ordinance 1967/16
Master Plan 2008
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Treasurer; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Checklist
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Recreation; Conservation; Financial Advisory; Forestry
Public Library Mason Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 15 miles 25
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 20 miles 126
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 21 miles 163

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 ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint; Wilton
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access No
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) $23.78
2015 Equalization Ratio 104.9
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.78
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings97.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings0.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.7%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 569
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 561
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 0
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 8
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 1,329 402,776
2010 1,382 400,721
2000 1,155 382,384
1990 1,369 336,549
1980 792 276,608
1970 518 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   650 Female:   679
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 142
Age 5 to 19 248
Age 20 to 34 156
Age 35 to 54 446
Age 55 to 64 206
Age 65 and over 131
Median Age 43.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 42.3%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $37,748
Median family income $92,143
Median household income $87,656
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $73,750
Female $67,083
Individuals below the poverty level 17.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 757 766
Employed 724 729
Unemployed 33 37
Unemployment Rate 4.4% 4.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 22 21
Average Weekly Wage $774 $646
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 106 122
Average Weekly Wage $272 $584
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 129 143
Average Weekly Wage $359 $593
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 20 43
Average Weekly Wage $530 $599
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 149 186
Average Weekly Wage $382 $595

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Mason operates grades K-5; grade 6-12 are tuitioned to Milford or Mascenic Regional (Greenville, Mason, New Ipswich) SAU 89
Career Technology Center(s): Milford HS & Applied Technology Center; Wilbur H. Palmer Career & Tech Ed Center (Hudson); Nashua Technology Center Region: 16
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5
Total Enrollment 78
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Daniel Webster; Franklin Pierce University; Rivier; Keene State

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Parkers Maple Barn Restaurant & Gift Shops Food, gifts
Pickity Place Food, gifts, herb plants
The Driving Range Golf, food
Stateline Gun Shop Guns, ammunition
Barrett Hill Farm Farmstand, PYO fruit

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 31, 123, 124
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exit 6; I-495 (MA), Exit 31
Distance 18 miles; 22 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Jaffrey - Silver RanchRunway2,982 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 32 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 33 miles
Portland, ME 127 miles
Boston, MA 57 miles
New York City, NY 220 miles
Montreal, Quebec 274 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.7%
Other Means 2.0%
Worked at home 6.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 43.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 16.1%
Commuting to another NH community 46.6%
Commuting out-of-state 37.3%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak
Other: Driving Range; Samuel Uncle Sam Wilson's Boyhood Home

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 07/05/16

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