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Sharon, NH

sharon New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Sharon Board of Selectmen
Chester S. Bowles, Town Administrator
432 Route 123
Sharon, NH 03458
Telephone (603) 924-9250
Fax (603) 924-3103
E-mail sharon03458@gmail.com
Web Site http://sharonnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Clerk: Tuesday, 5 pm - 7 pm, or by appointment

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Peterborough, NH LMA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District District 9
State Representative Hillsborough County District 25

Incorporated: 1791
Origin: This territory was first settled in 1738 as part of Peterborough, known as Peterborough Slip or Sliptown, a name it retained when the eastern portion was incorporated as Temple. In 1777 residents petitioned for annexation to Peterborough, which was denied. In 1786, they petitioned for a separate township, and asked for a mile of land from the east end of Jaffrey and the south end of Peterborough. The request was granted, and it was incorporated as Sharon in 1791, after a Connecticut town from which many settlers had come. Sharon is home to the Sharon Arts Center, founded in 1947 to offer courses in arts and crafts, and provide a gallery for exhibitions by local artists.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 259 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Sharon totaled 258 over 53 years, from 78 in 1960 to 336 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 74 percent between 1960 and 1970; population in Sharon increased by at least 20 percent each decade. The 2013 Census estimate for Sharon was 336 residents, which ranked 225th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 21.5 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Wentworth. Sharon contains 15.7 square miles of land area and 0 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $1,038,423
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $710,430
Zoning Ordinance 1959/10
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning
Public Library No Library

Police Department Peterborough - Full-time
Fire Department Peterborough - Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Peterborough - Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 6 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access No
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) $19.90
2013 Equalization Ratio 110.9
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.08
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.9%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 152
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 150
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 2
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
Total Population Community County
2013 336 402,979
2010 352 400,721
2000 361 382,384
1990 293 336,549
1980 184 276,608
1970 136 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    170 Female:    166
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 5
Age 5 to 19 46
Age 20 to 34 52
Age 35 to 54 90
Age 55 to 64 95
Age 65 and over 48
Median Age 52.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 56.0%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $39,271
Median family income $86,875
Median household income $80,625
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $61,964
Female $42,125
Individuals below the poverty level 5.7%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 196 194
Employed 192 187
Unemployed 4 7
Unemployment Rate 2.0% 3.6%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 18 6
Average Weekly Wage $653 $1,458
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 37 12
Average Weekly Wage $821 $592
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 55 18
Average Weekly Wage $765 $889
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 0 0
Average Weekly Wage $0 $0
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 55 18
Average Weekly Wage $765 $889

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Contoocook Valley Cooperative (Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Peterborough, Sharon, Temple) SAU 1
Career Technology Center(s): Region 14 Applied Technology Center, Peterborough Region: 14
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels
Total Enrollment
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Franklin Pierce University; Keene State; Antioch New England

Harborside Healthcare Nursing home management 13 1988
Sharon Arts Center Art instruction, crafts 5 1947

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 123, 124
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exits 7 - 8; I-293, Exit 4
Distance 26 miles; 33 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Jaffrey - Silver Ranch
Runway 2,982 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 39 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 39 miles
Portland, ME 136 miles
Boston, MA 77 miles
New York City, NY 248 miles
Montreal, Quebec 265 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 86.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.8%
Public transportation 0.8%
Walked 0.9%
Other Means 1.6%
Worked at home 3.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 7.1%
Commuting to another NH community 39.8%
Commuting out-of-state 53.1%
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
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Crotched Mountain
Other: Hiking Trails; Sharon Arts Center

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, March 2015.
Community Response Received 05/23/14

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