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Ossipee, NH

ossipee New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Ossipee
Ellen White, Town Administrator
55 Main Street, PO Box 67
Center Ossipee, NH 03814
Telephone (603) 539-4181
Fax (603) 539-4183
E-mail ewhite@ossipee.org
Web Site http://ossipee.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm

County Carroll
Labor Market Area Wolfeboro, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Mount Washington Valley Economic Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 3
State Representative Carroll County Districts 5, 8

Incorporated: 1785
Origin: Known as Wigwam Village, and then New Garden, this town bears the name of the Ossipee Indians. It was once the site of an Indian stockade fort, designed to protect the tribe from attacks by the Mohawks from the west. Early in 1725, the Indian stockade was destroyed, and then rebuilt by Captain John Lovewell of Dunstable. Later that year, Captain Lovewell led a small band of men to attack the Indians at Pequawket (now Fryeburg). Captain Lovewell did not survive the fight, but the battle was memorialized in The Ballad of Lovewell's Fight, and was the subject of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's first published poem, written at the age of 13.
Villages and Place Names: Center Ossipee, Chickville, Dorrs Corner, Granite, Long Sands, Moultonville, Ossipee Lake Shores, Ossipee Valley, Pollys Crossing, Roland Park, Water Village, West Ossipee
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 339 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Ossipee totaled 2,907 over 53 years, from 1,409 in 1960 to 4,316 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 50 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 35 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2013 Census estimate for Ossipee was 4,316 residents, which ranked 87th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 60.9 persons per square mile of land area. Ossipee contains 70.9 square miles of land area and 4.4 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $6,358,114
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $7,228,860
Zoning Ordinance 1988/10
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Cemetery
Public Library Ossipee Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department 3 Full-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Municipal & volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 15 miles 82

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop; Wolfeboro
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Ossipee Water Department, Carroll County Complex
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Time Warner; 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
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.02
2014 Equalization Ratio 107.9
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.30
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings83.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings15.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.8%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 2,944
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,193
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 152
Five or More Units in Structure 66
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 533
Total Population Community County
2013 4,316 47,634
2010 4,345 47,818
2000 4,232 43,918
1990 3,319 35,526
1980 2,465 27,929
1970 1,647 18,548
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   2,142 Female:   2,174
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 152
Age 5 to 19 950
Age 20 to 34 522
Age 35 to 54 1,250
Age 55 to 64 706
Age 65 and over 736
Median Age 44.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 86.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 14.3%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 20,891
Median family income 53,167
Median household income 46,023
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 44,435
Female 31,777
Individuals below the poverty level 20.4%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 2,149 1,845
Employed 2,055 1,737
Unemployed 94.0 108
Unemployment Rate 4.4% 5.9%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 263 137
Average Weekly Wage $778 $1,023
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,143 1,010
Average Weekly Wage $525 $498
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,406 1,147
Average Weekly Wage $572 $561
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 492 541
Average Weekly Wage $534 $705
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,898 1,687
Average Weekly Wage $562 $607
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Governor Wentworth Regional (Brookfield, Effingham, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro) SAU 49
Career Technology Center(s): Lakes Region Technology Center (Wolfeboro) Region: 9
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-6 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 323 64
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 75
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Conway

Carroll County Government Government services 100
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 60-70 1982
Job Lots Low cost merchandise 50 2005
McDonalds Fast food restaurant 45 1995
Valueland IGA Supermarket 21 1968
Tufpak, Inc. Plastic bags 15 1976
Ossipee Aggregates Corporation Sand, gravel 10-15 1960
Northern Tire Tires, alignments, auto services 9 1986
Carroll County Courthouse Court of Law 2004
Town of Ossipee Municipal services 1785
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 16, 25, 28, 171
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 23 - 24
Distance 38 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Moultonborough Airport
Runway 3,475 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 51 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 13
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 66 miles
Portland, ME 51 miles
Boston, MA 109 miles
New York City, NY 322 miles
Montreal, Quebec 243 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 86.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 13.2%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 0%
Other Means 0%
Worked at home 0.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 36.5%
Commuting to another NH community 60.1%
Commuting out-of-state 3.4%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X 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
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): King Pine
Other: Old Home Week

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 05/26/15

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