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Meredith, NH

meredith New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Meredith
Philip L. Warren, Jr., Town Manager
41 Main Street
Meredith, NH 03253
Telephone (603) 677-4205
Fax (603) 556-8819
E-mail pwarren@meredithnh.org
Web Site www.meredithnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

County Belknap
Labor Market Area Laconia NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Belknap County Economic Development Council

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

Incorporated: 1768
Origin: Meredith was first granted in 1748 to a group of settlers led by Samuel Palmer, a teacher of surveying and navigation, who had laid out much of the land surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee. It was known as Palmerstown, or Second Township, since it was the second town granted by the Masonian Proprietors that lay at the lake. Many settlers were from Salem, Massachusetts, and the town was later called New Salem. In 1768, the town was incorporated by Governor John Wentworth as Meredith, for Sir William Meredith, who allied with William Pitt in opposition to taxation on the colonies.
Villages and Place Names: Bear Island, East Bear Island, Leavitt Park, Lovejoy Sands, Meredith Center
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 881 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Meredith totaled 3,865 over 53 years, from 2,434 in 1960 to 6,299 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 60 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; the smallest, just four percent for both 1980 to 1990 and 2000 to 2010. The 2013 Census estimate for Meredith was 6,299 residents, which ranked 52nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 156.2 persons per square mile of land area. Meredith contains 40.0 square miles of land area and 14.2 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen/Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $13,819,974
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $15,584,137
Zoning Ordinance 1971/10
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planner/Engineer/CEO
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery; Zoning; Parks & Recreation
Public Library Meredith Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time Chief
Emergency Medical Service Commercial
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Lakes Region General, Laconia 10 miles 88

Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Municipal
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.41
2013 Equalization Ratio 99.2
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.24
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.4%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 5,014
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 4,084
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 283
Five or More Units in Structure 225
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 422
Total Population Community County
2013 6,287 60,327
2010 6,241 60,088
2000 5,975 56,576
1990 4,846 49,294
1980 4,646 42,884
1970 2,904 32,367
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   3,128 Female:   3,132
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 172
Age 5 to 19 1,111
Age 20 to 34 684
Age 35 to 54 2,005
Age 55 to 64 832
Age 65 and over 1,456
Median Age 48.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 33.9%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $38,443
Median family income $78,811
Median household income $56,007
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $49,290
Female $40,495
Individuals below the poverty level 12.3%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 3,303 3,239
Employed 3,185 3,083
Unemployed 118 156
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 4.8%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 726 604
Average Weekly Wage $782 $1,126
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,935 2,073
Average Weekly Wage $494 $598
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,661 2,677
Average Weekly Wage $572 $717
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 374 361
Average Weekly Wage $612 $859
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,035 3,038
Average Weekly Wage $577 $734

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Inter-Lakes Cooperative (Center Harbor, Meredith, Sandwich) SAU 2
Career Technology Center(s): J. Oliva Huot Technical Center, Laconia; Winnisquam Agricultural Programs, Tilton Region: 8
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 9-12 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 359 329 341 52
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 173
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University

Vutek Color ink machinery 380 1988
Meredith Village Savings Bank Banking services 210 1869
Golden View Nursing home 130
Hampshire Hospitality Holdings Inn, spa, marketplace 115 1983
Meredith Harley Davidson Motorcycle retail, repair, service 64 1983
Remcom/North Corporation Machine electrical connectors 65 1983
Annalee Mobilite Dolls, Inc. Soft sculpture dolls 50 1962
Ippolito's Furniture Furniture sales 36 1978
Interlakes School System Education 228
Town of Meredith Municipal Services 78

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 104, 132, 25
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 23
Distance 9 miles
Railroad State owned line
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Laconia Municipal
Runway 5,286 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 56 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 58 miles
Portland, ME 79 miles
Boston, MA 108 miles
New York City, NY 313 miles
Montreal, Quebec 231 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 86.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.1%
Public transportation 0.4%
Walked 0.5%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 6.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 43.7%
Commuting to another NH community 51.4%
Commuting out-of-state 4.9%
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
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
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
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
Other: Annalee Doll Museum; Scenic Railroad

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 6/20/2014

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