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Nelson, NH

nelson New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Nelson Board of Selectmen
Edie Drinkwater, Administrative Assistant
7 Nelson Common Road
Nelson, NH 03457
Telephone (603) 847-0047
Fax (603) 847-3197
E-mail execadmin@nelsonnh.us
Web Site www.townofnelson.com

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Every other Wednesday, 3 pm; Administrative Assistant, Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Tuesday, 9 am - 12 noon, 4 pm - 7 pm, Thursday, 9 am - 12 noon

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 10
State Representative Cheshire County District 3

Incorporated: 1774
Origin: One of the original border towns, this territory was first granted in 1752 as Monadnock No. 6. In 1774, it was renamed Packersfield after Thomas Packer, high sheriff of Portsmouth, who was one of the Masonian Proprietors. In 1777, some residents petitioned to rename the town Sullivan. The petition failed, but in 1786, a portion of the town was combined with part of Gilsum and Keene to form the town of Sullivan. Packersfield kept that name until 1814, when it was renamed in honor of Lord Horatio Nelson, who died on board the British ship Victory in the war against Napoleon.
Villages and Place Names: Munsonville
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 721 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Nelson totaled 512 over 53 years, from 222 in 1960 to 734 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 45 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, accounting for just over one-fourth of the total numeric change. The 2013 Census estimate for Nelson was 734 residents, which ranked 206th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 33.5 persons per square mile of land area. Nelson contains 21.9 square miles of land area and 1.4 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $1,341,948
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013 $1,939,847
Zoning Ordinance 1970/11
Master Plan 2009
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library
Appointed:Conservation; Agricultural
Public Library Olivia Rodham Memorial

Police Department Part-time
Fire Department Part-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 11 miles 140
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 20 miles 25

Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramNone
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.88
2013 Equalization Ratio 103.2
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.57
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings97.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings0.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.6%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 469
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 408
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 24
Five or More Units in Structure 26
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 11
Total Population Community County
2013 731 76,851
2010 729 77,117
2000 635 73,993
1990 536 70,223
1980 442 62,116
1970 304 52,364
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   343 Female:   386
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 6
Age 5 to 19 131
Age 20 to 34 82
Age 35 to 54 222
Age 55 to 64 163
Age 65 and over 125
Median Age 51.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 99.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 54.1%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $41,467
Median family income $100,938
Median household income $78,125
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $47,656
Female $47,656
Individuals below the poverty level 4.5%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 367 411
Employed 359 393
Unemployed 8 18
Unemployment Rate 2.2% 4.4%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 0 n
Average Weekly Wage $0 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 31 17
Average Weekly Wage $267 $580
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n

Schools students attend: Nelson operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Keene SAU 29
Career Technology Center(s): The Cheshire Career Center, Keene; Fall Mountain Regional High School - CTE, Langdon; Windham Regional Career Center, Brattleboro, VT Region: 13
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6
Total Enrollment 54
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 17
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

Not Available

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 9, 123
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 3
Distance 28 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dillant-Hopkins, Swanzey
Runway 6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 48 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 47 miles
Portland, ME 148 miles
Boston, MA 94 miles
New York City, NY 231 miles
Montreal, Quebec 242 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 73.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.1%
Public transportation 1.9%
Walked 1.9%
Other Means 1.7%
Worked at home 18%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 25.3%
Commuting to another NH community 65.7%
Commuting out-of-state 9%
X Municipal Parks
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
X 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 Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak, Temple Mountain, Granite Gorge
Other: Monadnock Sunapee Trail; Local Artisans Art Gallery; Sucker Brook Cove Wildlife Sanctuary

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/15/2014

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