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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 [email protected]
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 2,892 over 54 years, from 1,409 in 1960 to 4,301 in 2014. 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 2014 Census estimate for Ossipee was 4,301 residents, which ranked 89th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 60.7 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.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $6,358,114
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $7,228,860
Zoning Ordinance 1988/14
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

Emergency Services
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 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
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 PickupPrivate
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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.33
2015 Equalization Ratio 96.8
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.64
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings83.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings14.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.9%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,992
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,281
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 116
Five or More Units in Structure 57
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 538
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 4,301 47,623
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   2,139 Female:   2,162
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 166
Age 5 to 19 907
Age 20 to 34 496
Age 35 to 54 1,208
Age 55 to 64 663
Age 65 and over 861
Median Age 45.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 86.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 16.0%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $21,752
Median family income $57,788
Median household income $45,649
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $44,911
Female $34,271
Individuals below the poverty level 22.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 2,149 1,845
Employed 2,055 1,737
Unemployed 94 108
Unemployment Rate 4.4% 5.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
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

If "n" appears, data do 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, 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 1
Grade Levels P K 1-6 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 332 59
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 104
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Conway

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Carroll County Government Government services 100 1840
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 60-70 1982
McDonalds Fast food restaurant 45 1995
Ossipee Aggregates Corporation Sand, gravel 10-15 1960
Tufpak, Inc. Plastic bags 15 1976
Valueland IGA Supermarket 21 1968
Job Lots Low cost merchandise 50 2005
Carroll County Courthouse Court of Law 2004
Town of Ossipee Municipal services 43 1785
Northern Tire Tires, alignments, auto services 9 1986

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 AirportRunway3,475 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 51 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 6
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 72 miles
Portland, ME 54 miles
Boston, MA 109 miles
New York City, NY 320 miles
Montreal, Quebec 249 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 86.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 12.4%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 0.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 26.9%
Commuting to another NH community 68.9%
Commuting out-of-state 4.2%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/23/16

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