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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 1
Executive Council District 1
State Senate 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 3,853 over 52 years, from 2,434 in 1960 to 6,287 in 2012. 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 2012 Census estimate for Meredith was 6,287 residents, which ranked 52nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 156.4 persons per square mile of land area. Meredith contains 40.0 square miles of land area and 14.3 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen/Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $13,627,664
Budget: School Appropriations, 2012-2013 $13,069,407
Zoning Ordinance 1971/10
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planner/Engineer/CEO
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery; Zoning; Parks & Recreation
Public Library Meredith Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
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

UTILITIES
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:
BusinessLimited
ResidentialLimited

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.62
2012 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.57
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings8.8%
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
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2012 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 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%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 3,378 3,269
Employed 3,249 3,107
Unemployed 129 162
Unemployment Rate 3.8% 5.0%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 708 584
Average Weekly Wage $701 $1,096
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,934 2,067
Average Weekly Wage $493 $599
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,642 2,651
Average Weekly Wage $549 $708
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 356 364
Average Weekly Wage $577 $841
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 2,998 3,015
Average Weekly Wage $552 $724
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
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 367 329 360 55
2013 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

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
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

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
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%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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, February 2014.
Community Response Received 08/06/13

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