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Ossipee, NH

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

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

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

Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 1
State Senate 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 2,899 over 52 years, from 1,409 in 1960 to 4,308 in 2012. 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 2012 Census estimate for Ossipee was 4,308 residents, which ranked 88th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 61.4 persons per square mile of land area. Ossipee contains 70.8 square miles of land area and 4.8 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2012 $5,310,132
Budget: School Appropriations, 2012 $6,991,197
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 25

Electric Supplier PSNH; 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
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.08
2012 Equalization Ratio 104.1
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.66
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings84.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings14.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.5%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 3,055
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,173
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 197
Five or More Units in Structure 128
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 557
Total Population Community County
2012 4,308 47,567
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) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   2,122 Female:   2,219
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 173
Age 5 to 19 1,051
Age 20 to 34 563
Age 35 to 54 1,251
Age 55 to 64 659
Age 65 and over 644
Median Age 42 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 87.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 12.4%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $19,356
Median family income $53,011
Median household income $46,049
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $41,369
Female $27,574
Individuals below the poverty level 16.3%

Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 2,125 2,012
Employed 2,023 1,861
Unemployed 102 151
Unemployment Rate 4.8% 7.5%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 241 179
Average Weekly Wage $744 $999
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,109 979
Average Weekly Wage $489 $515
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,350 1,158
Average Weekly Wage $535 $590
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 459 529
Average Weekly Wage $483 $683
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,810 1,687
Average Weekly Wage $522 $619
n = indicates that the 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 319 77
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 90
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
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 1785
Northern Tire Tires, alignments, auto services 9 1986

(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 84.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 13.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 2.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 38.0%
Commuting to another NH community 59.1%
Commuting out-of-state 2.9%
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, February 2014.
Community Response Received 06/20/13

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