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Northfield, NH

northfield New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Northfield
Glenn Smith, Town Administrator
21 Summer Street
Northfield, NH 03276
Telephone (603) 286-7039
Fax (603) 286-3328
E-mail gsmith@northfieldnh.org
Web Site www.northfieldnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Thursday, Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm, Tuesday, 8:30 am - 7 pm, Wednesday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Franklin, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 7
State Representative Merrimack County Districts 3, 26

Incorporated: 1780
Origin: Like many other towns, Northfield began with a group of residents who felt they lived too far from the center of town, in this case Canterbury, making it inconvenient to attend public affairs. Petitioners were granted a separate township in 1780. The Northfield library was called the Northfield Improving Society for the Promotion of Useful Knowledge, the same title used by Benjamin Franklin in 1743 for the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. The library began with a supply of 24 books, charging an annual membership fee of $5, and continued under that name until 1842.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 606 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Northfield totaled 3,039 over 53 years, from 1,784 in 1960 to 4,823 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 40 percent increase between 1980 and 1990, this followed a 39 percent increase over the previous decade. The 2013 Census estimate for Northfield was 4,823 residents, which ranked 70th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 168.7 persons per square mile of land area. Northfield contains 28.6 square miles of land area and 0.3 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $5,097,128
Budget: School Appropriations, Cooperative School District
Zoning Ordinance 1973/10
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Library; Conservation; Recycling
Public Library Hall Memorial

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Franklin Regional, Franklin 3 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Tilton-Northfield Aqueduct Company
Sanitation Northfield Sewer District
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
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) $24.66
2013 Equalization Ratio 101.6
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.72
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings84.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings11.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.3%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,798
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,323
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 130
Five or More Units in Structure 226
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 119
Total Population Community County
2013 4,823 146,807
2010 4,829 146,445
2000 4,569 136,716
1990 4,277 120,618
1980 3,051 98,302
1970 2,193 80,925
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    2,511 Female:    2,312
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 361
Age 5 to 19 1,077
Age 20 to 34 690
Age 35 to 54 1,529
Age 55 to 64 713
Age 65 and over 453
Median Age 38.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 86.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 21.7%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $24,620
Median family income $71,250
Median household income $63,362
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $48,417
Female $42,321
Individuals below the poverty level 16.1%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 2,742 2,839
Employed 2,631 2,696
Unemployed 111 143
Unemployment Rate 4.0% 5.0%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 482 580
Average Weekly Wage $717 $1,056
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 314 417
Average Weekly Wage $455 $676
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 796 996
Average Weekly Wage $614 $897
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 160 117
Average Weekly Wage $562 $686
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 956 1,114
Average Weekly Wage $605 $875

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Winnisquam Regional (Northfield, Sanbornton, Tilton) SAU 59
Career Technology Center(s): J. Oliva Huot Technical Center, Laconia; Winnisquam Agricultural Programs, Tilton Region: 8
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 K 1-12
Total Enrollment 497 74
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 99
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord; Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; Colby-Sawyer

Wyman Gordon Investment castings 200 1951
Freudenberg-NOK Manufacturing 200 1997
Tobin Tool Manufacturing 100 1997
Eptam Plastics Manufacturing 100 2002
Blouin Steel Manufacturing 10 1998
Pike Industries Asphalt 10 1998
Spaulding Youth Center Youth programs 160 1958

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 132, 140
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 19
Distance Local access
Railroad State owned line
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Laconia Municipal
Runway 5,286 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 40 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 35 miles
Portland, ME 126 miles
Boston, MA 85 miles
New York City, NY 290 miles
Montreal, Quebec 236 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.5%
Other Means 0.6%
Worked at home 9.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 25.8%
Commuting to another NH community 65.6%
Commuting out-of-state 8.6%
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
Performing Arts Facilities
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 Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Ragged, Gunstock Mountains
Other: Pines Community Center; Highland Mountain Bike Park; Winnipesaukee River Trail

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, March 2015.
Community Response Received 05/30/14

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