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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 Meredith, NH LMA
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 3,869 over 54 years, from 2,434 in 1960 to 6,303 in 2014. 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 2014 Census estimate for Meredith was 6,303 residents, which ranked 52nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 156.3 persons per square mile of land area. Meredith contains 40.3 square miles of land area and 14.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen/Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $14,168,843
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $15,695,562
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

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

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; 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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.20
2015 Equalization Ratio 93.9
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.17
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings91.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings8.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.5%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 4,823
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 4,059
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 275
Five or More Units in Structure 289
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 200
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 6,303 60,252
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   3,168 Female:   3,135
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 272
Age 5 to 19 1,233
Age 20 to 34 689
Age 35 to 54 1,699
Age 55 to 64 845
Age 65 and over 1,565
Median Age 48.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 35.0%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $36,703
Median family income $75,060
Median household income $56,625
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $55,353
Female $41,614
Individuals below the poverty level 8.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 3,329 3,129
Employed 3,216 3,001
Unemployed 113 128
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 4.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 717 627
Average Weekly Wage $794 $1,229
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,994 2,087
Average Weekly Wage $517 $619
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,712 2,714
Average Weekly Wage $591 $760
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 355 352
Average Weekly Wage $650 $913
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,067 3,066
Average Weekly Wage $597 $778

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
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 Region: 8
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) 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 339 304 335 37
2016 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

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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 MunicipalRunway5,286 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 56 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 57 miles
Portland, ME 83 miles
Boston, MA 108 miles
New York City, NY 307 miles
Montreal, Quebec 231 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 88.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.3%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.9%
Other Means 0.6%
Worked at home 5.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 42.7%
Commuting to another NH community 55.1%
Commuting out-of-state 2.2%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/17/16

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