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Newport, NH

newport New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Newport Planning Department
Julie Magnuson, Planning & Zoning Administrator
15 Sunapee Street, Municipal Building
Newport, NH 03773
Telephone (603) 863-6278
Fax (603) 863-8008
E-mail topaz@newportnh.net
Web Site www.newportnh.net

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm

County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Claremont-Newport, NH LMA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 8
State Representative Sullivan County Districts 6, 9

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: The first grant of this territory was in 1753 as Grenville, after George Grenville, William Pitt's brother-in-law. Few of the grantees were able to take up claim, and in 1761, the town was granted to a new group as Newport, in honor of Henry Newport, a distinguished English soldier and statesman. This group also had difficulty settling, and was granted a charter renewal in 1769. One of the most well-known people born in Newport was Sarah Josepha Buell Hale, daughter of innkeeper Gordon Buell. She was one of the first women editors in America who edited the book �Poems for Children� that included Mary Had A Little Lamb. She made a successful appeal to President Lincoln for creation of a national holiday to be known as Thanksgiving Day.
Villages and Place Names: Chandlers Mills, Guild, Kelleyville, North Newport, Chandler Station
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 780 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Newport totaled 976 over 54 years, from 5,458 in 1960 to 6,434 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was an eight percent increase between 1960 and 1970; population decreased by two percent between 1980 and 1990. The 2014 Census estimate for Newport was 6,434 residents, which ranked 50th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 147.8 persons per square mile of land area. Newport contains 43.5 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015-2016 $9,531,021
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $17,357,544
Zoning Ordinance 1965/16
Master Plan 2012
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Library; Zoning; Heritage; Airport; Recreation
Public Library Richards Free

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Valley Regional, Claremont 11 miles 25
New London Hospital, New London 13 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop.
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Newport Water Works
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
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) $29.25
2015 Equalization Ratio 97.9
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.55
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings69.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings26.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.0%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,088
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,853
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 629
Five or More Units in Structure 403
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 209
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 6,434 43,291
2010 6,507 43,742
2000 6,276 40,560
1990 6,095 38,652
1980 6,229 36,063
1970 5,899 30,949
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   3,069 Female:   3,365
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 147
Age 5 to 19 1,154
Age 20 to 34 909
Age 35 to 54 1,904
Age 55 to 64 1,127
Age 65 and over 1,193
Median Age 45.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 87.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 22.1%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $27,671
Median family income $62,585
Median household income $53,900
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $45,129
Female $41,371
Individuals below the poverty level 11.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 2,877 3,823
Employed 2,769 3,692
Unemployed 108 131
Unemployment Rate 3.8% 3.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,518 1,560
Average Weekly Wage $760 $1,173
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,511 1,752
Average Weekly Wage $533 $644
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 3,028 3,312
Average Weekly Wage $647 $893
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 658 434
Average Weekly Wage $594 $721
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,686 3,746
Average Weekly Wage $637 $873

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Newport operates grades K-12 SAU 43
Career Technology Center(s): Sugar River Valley RTC (Newport) Region: 10
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1 1 2
Grade Levels P K 1-6 7-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 515 155 337 97
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 9 Total Capacity: 263
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Colby-Sawyer

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Sturm Ruger & Co. Sporting firearms 1,197 1949
LaValley Building Supply Building components 101 1962
Lake Sunapee Bank Banking services 119 1865
Hartford Eichenauer, Inc. Heating elements 45 1982
Latva Machine Co., Inc. Precision machine parts 50 1979
Newport Health Center Health care 43 1991
Carroll Concrete Concrete products 56 1973
Sugar River Bank Banking services 68 1895
Premier Precision Machine parts 69 2008
Shaw's Supermarket 65 1980

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 10, 11, 103
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exits 12A - 13
Distance 10 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation CTS
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Parlin Field, NewportRunway3,450 ft. asphalt
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 29 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 55 miles
Portland, ME 148 miles
Boston, MA 106 miles
New York City, NY 256 miles
Montreal, Quebec 211 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 76.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 6.6%
Other Means 3.2%
Worked at home 3.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 21.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 46.3%
Commuting to another NH community 49.3%
Commuting out-of-state 4.4%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X 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): Mount Sunapee, Okemo
Other: Covered Bridges; Lake Sunapee; Parlin Field Airport; Rails to Trails; Sugar River; Outdoor Ice Skating Rink; Team Pinnacle Events; Winter Carnival; Farmer's Market; Concerts on The Common; Library Arts Center Exhibits

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 06/27/16

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