NHES and ELMI agency logos
New Hampshire Employment Security - an official New Hampshire Government web site
Smaller text size Reset text size Larger text size
link to website translation page

ELMI Home > Products > Community Profiles >

Community Profiles

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 [email protected]
Web Site www.townofnelson.org

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 Micropolitan 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 384 over 54 years, from 222 in 1960 to 606 in 2014. 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 2014 Census estimate for Nelson was 606 residents, which ranked 214th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 27.7 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.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $1,316,942
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $2,050,924
Zoning Ordinance 1970/16
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

Emergency Services
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 116
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 20 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.47
2015 Equalization Ratio 94.0
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.24
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings97.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings0.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.2%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 416
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 376
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 26
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 14
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 606 76,596
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   295 Female:   311
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 16
Age 5 to 19 108
Age 20 to 34 71
Age 35 to 54 185
Age 55 to 64 123
Age 65 and over 103
Median Age 50.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 98.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 53.0%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $38,768
Median family income $89,107
Median household income $68,750
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $50,250
Female $45,568
Individuals below the poverty level 5.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 372 447
Employed 362 431
Unemployed 10 16
Unemployment Rate 2.7% 3.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 7 n
Average Weekly Wage $238 n
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 31 19
Average Weekly Wage $267 $488
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 39 n
Average Weekly Wage $261 n

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Nelson operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Keene SAU 29
Career Technology Center(s): Cheshire Career Center (Keene); Fall Mountain RHS - CTE; Windham RCC (VT) Region: 13
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6
Total Enrollment 80
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Not Available

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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, SwanzeyRunway6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 48 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 58 miles
Portland, ME 150 miles
Boston, MA 87 miles
New York City, NY 233 miles
Montreal, Quebec 252 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.4%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.8%
Other Means 1.1%
Worked at home 7.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 14.4%
Commuting to another NH community 74.3%
Commuting out-of-state 11.3%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/16/16

All information regarding the communities is from sources deemed reliable and is submitted subject to errors, omissions, modifications, and withdrawals without notice. No warranty or representation is made as to the accuracy of the information contained herein. Specific questions regarding individual cities and towns should be directed to the community contact.


Translation Resources and Disclaimer

New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES)
45 South Fruit Street  |  Concord NH 03301  |  603-224-3311  |  1-800-852-3400
TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964
[email protected] for web page related issues only