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Mason, NH


mason New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Mason Board of Selectmen
Charles V. Moser, 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: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 am - 3 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Tuesday, Thursday, 10 am - 4 pm, Wednesday, 6:30 pm - 8 pm, last Saturday, 10 am - 12 noon

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division, NH Portion
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 1,047 over 53 years, from 349 in 1960 to 1,396 in 2013. 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 2013 Census estimate for Mason was 1,396 residents, which ranked 166th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 58.2 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, 2013 $1,699,543
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $2,957,139
Zoning Ordinance 1967/09
Master Plan 2008
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; 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 144
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 21 miles 188

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
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:
BusinessLimited
ResidentialLimited

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.90
2013 Equalization Ratio 116.1
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.66
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings97.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings0.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.6%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 569
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 548
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 0
Five or More Units in Structure 5
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 16
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2013 1,401 402,922
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) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   682 Female:   695
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 131
Age 5 to 19 248
Age 20 to 34 171
Age 35 to 54 516
Age 55 to 64 198
Age 65 and over 113
Median Age 41.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 43%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $35,928
Median family income $91,042
Median household income $88,750
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $66,250
Female $49,271
Individuals below the poverty level 10.9%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 719 855
Employed 693 811
Unemployed 26 44
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 5.1%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 26 21
Average Weekly Wage $702 $670
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 109 105
Average Weekly Wage $304 $444
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 135 126
Average Weekly Wage $380 $483
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 22 43
Average Weekly Wage $534 $589
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 157 169
Average Weekly Wage $402 $510

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
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): Region 14 Applied Technology Center, Peterborough Region: 14
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5
Total Enrollment 84
2014 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

(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 Ranch
Runway 2,982 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 32 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 30 miles
Portland, ME 127 miles
Boston, MA 62 miles
New York City, NY 219 miles
Montreal, Quebec 291 miles

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.1%
Public transportation 0.4%
Walked 3.4%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 6.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 40.5 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 13.9%
Commuting to another NH community 52.9%
Commuting out-of-state 33.2%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
Museums
Cinemas
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
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
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, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/21/2014

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