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Sharon, NH

sharon New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Sharon Board of Selectmen
Juliana Kazanovicz, 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 242 over 54 years, from 78 in 1960 to 320 in 2014. 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 2014 Census estimate for Sharon was 320 residents, which ranked 224th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 20.4 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Milan. Sharon contains 15.7 square miles of land area and 0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $343,906
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

Emergency Services
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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.75
2015 Equalization Ratio 102.4
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.23
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.0%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 161
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 161
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 0
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 320 402,776
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   160 Female:   160
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 3
Age 5 to 19 34
Age 20 to 34 42
Age 35 to 54 93
Age 55 to 64 74
Age 65 and over 74
Median Age 53.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 60.2%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $42,395
Median family income $93,125
Median household income $79,583
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $61,250
Female $51,563
Individuals below the poverty level 2.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 202 219
Employed 196 210
Unemployed 6 9
Unemployment Rate 3.0% 4.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 16 n
Average Weekly Wage $581 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 33 n
Average Weekly Wage $880 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 49 n
Average Weekly Wage $785 n
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 0 0
Average Weekly Wage $0 $0
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 49 n
Average Weekly Wage $785 n

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
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 Region: 14
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels
Total Enrollment
2016 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

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Harborside Healthcare Nursing home management 13 1988
Sharon Arts Center Art instruction, crafts 5 1947

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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 RanchRunway2,982 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 39 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 39 miles
Portland, ME 133 miles
Boston, MA 74 miles
New York City, NY 229 miles
Montreal, Quebec 262 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.8%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.6%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 16.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 23.1%
Commuting to another NH community 62.1%
Commuting out-of-state 14.8%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/28/15

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