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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 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 ôPoems for Childrenö 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 924 over 53 years, from 5,458 in 1960 to 6,382 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was eight percent between 1960 and 1970; population decreased by two percent between 1980 and 1990. The 2013 Census estimate for Newport was 6,382 residents, which ranked 51st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 146.6 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.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014-2015 $9,400,942
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $17,862,664
Zoning Ordinance 1965/13
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

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 PSNH; NH Electric Coop.
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Newport Water Works
Sanitation Private septic
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 Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $29.99
2013 Equalization Ratio 101.5
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $30.43
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings69.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings26.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.5%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 2,997
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,745
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 541
Five or More Units in Structure 424
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 287
Total Population Community County
2013 6,412 43,074
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) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   3,084 Female:   3,414
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 227
Age 5 to 19 1,382
Age 20 to 34 970
Age 35 to 54 1,950
Age 55 to 64 976
Age 65 and over 993
Median Age 42.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 86.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 20.4%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $23,365
Median family income $57,083
Median household income $46,940
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $42,206
Female $39,137
Individuals below the poverty level 14.9%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 2,937 2,916
Employed 2,815 2,750
Unemployed 122 166
Unemployment Rate 4.2% 5.7%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,563 1,460
Average Weekly Wage $744 $1,169
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,479 1,582
Average Weekly Wage $498 $627
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 3,042 3,043
Average Weekly Wage $624 $887
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 754 437
Average Weekly Wage $491 $721
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,795 3,480
Average Weekly Wage $598 $866

Schools students attend: Newport operates grades K-12 SAU 43
Career Technology Center(s): Sugar River Valley RTC, Claremont or Newport Region: 10
Educational Facilities 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 491 128 360 104
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 8 Total Capacity: 232
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Colby-Sawyer

Sturm Ruger & Co. Sporting firearms 818 1949
LaValley Building Supply Building components 90 1962
Lake Sunapee Bank Banking services 119 1865
Hartford Eichenauer, Inc. Heating elements 45 1982
Latva Machine Co., Inc. Precision machine parts 85 1979
Newport Health Center Health care 41 1994
Carroll Concrete Concrete products 50 1973
Sugar River Bank Banking services 66 1895
Premier Precision Machine parts 69 2008

(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, Newport
Runway 3,450 ft. asphalt
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 29 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 53 miles
Portland, ME 146 miles
Boston, MA 111 miles
New York City, NY 260 miles
Montreal, Quebec 212 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.3%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 6.5%
Other Means 0.5%
Worked at home 3.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 20.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 52%
Commuting to another NH community 43.1%
Commuting out-of-state 4.9%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
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, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/22/2014

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