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

New Durham, NH

newdurham New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of New Durham
Scott Kinmond, Town Administrator
4 Main Street, PO Box 207
New Durham, NH 03855
Telephone (603) 859-2091
Fax (603) 859-6644
E-mail skinmond@newdurhamnh.us
Web Site www.newdurhamnh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, Tuesday, 9 am - 7 pm, last Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon; Solid Waste Facility: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 8 am - 5 pm

County Strafford
Labor Market Area Dover-Durham, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Wentworth Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 6
State Representative Strafford County District 3

Incorporated: 1762
Origin: Granted in 1749 as Cocheco, New Durham was first settled almost entirely by colonists from Durham, New Hampshire. Colonel Thomas Tash, who had fought in England's Seven Years War against France and was granted land in reward for his service, was appointed proprietor's clerk and called the first town meeting. The town was incorporated as New Durham in 1762. An early minister in the town, Reverend Benjamin Randall, founded a new religious denomination called the Free-Will Baptists, later known as Free Baptists.
Villages and Place Names: Copplecrown Village District
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 554 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for New Durham totaled 2,174 over 54 years, from 474 in 1960 to 2,648 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 103 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 65 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2014 Census estimate for New Durham was 2,648 residents, which ranked 115th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 64.0 persons per square mile of land area. New Durham contains 41.4 square miles of land area and 2.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014-2015 $6,344,289
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $3,631,670
Zoning Ordinance 1971/15
Master Plan 2008
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Regional Planning Commission
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Planning
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Budget; Parks & Recreation; Ethics; Milfoil; 1772 Meetinghouse; CIP; Boodey House
Public Library New Durham Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 15 miles 92

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint; TDS
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) $22.15
2015 Equalization Ratio 91.1
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.12
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings96.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.2%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,526
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,446
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 16
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 64
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 2,648 124,387
2010 2,638 123,143
2000 2,236 112,676
1990 1,948 104,348
1980 1,183 85,324
1970 583 70,431
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   1,388 Female:   1,260
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 150
Age 5 to 19 502
Age 20 to 34 354
Age 35 to 54 819
Age 55 to 64 470
Age 65 and over 353
Median Age 45.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 30.3%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $33,985
Median family income $84,167
Median household income $78,583
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $53,517
Female $43,935
Individuals below the poverty level 5.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 1,362 1,503
Employed 1,313 1,436
Unemployed 49 67
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 4.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 24 n
Average Weekly Wage $516 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 129 n
Average Weekly Wage $719 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 153 137
Average Weekly Wage $687 $554
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 83 103
Average Weekly Wage $561 $583
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 236 240
Average Weekly Wage $643 $566

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 Governor Wentworth Regional (Brookfield, Effingham, Middleton, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro) SAU 49
Career Technology Center(s): Lakes Region Technology Center (Wolfeboro) Region: 9
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-6
Total Enrollment 166
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 90
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Town of New Durham Municipal services 55
New Durham School Education 19
State of New Hampshire Fish hatchery 12
Johnson's Dairy Bar Restaurant 50+ 2005

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 11
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 17; I-93, Exit 15
Distance 12 miles; 30 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Skyhaven, RochesterRunway4,200 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 46 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 46 miles
Portland, ME 63 miles
Boston, MA 88 miles
New York City, NY 298 miles
Montreal, Quebec 259 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 11.0%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.7%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 5.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 13.6%
Commuting to another NH community 76.2%
Commuting out-of-state 10.2%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
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
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
Other: Merry Meeting Lake; Hiking

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/11/16

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
webmaster@nhes.nh.gov for web page related issues only