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Surry, NH

surry New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Surry
Board of Selectmen
1 Village Road, Town Hall
Surry, NH 03431
Telephone (603) 352-3075
Fax (603) 357-4890
E-mail [email protected]
Web Site Surry.nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, 7 pm - 9 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, 5 pm - 8 pm, Thursday, 5 pm - 7 pm; Tax Collector: first and third Thursday, 5:30 pm - 7 pm

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 10
State Representative Cheshire County District 2

Incorporated: 1769
Origin: This town was chartered in 1769 from portions of Gilsum and Westmoreland. The portion of Westmoreland added to Surry was known as Westmoreland Leg. Surry was named for Charles Howard, Earl of Surrey, Duke of Norfolk, and hereditary Earl Marshal of England. The county of Surrey in England was known for manufacture of pleasure carriages called surreys, introduced to America in 1872. Surry was one of the towns in the western part of the state that attempted to join the State of Vermont in 1781. Surry is an excellent geological area, containing quantities of quartz bearing veins of gold, silver, copper, and lead.
Villages and Place Names: Shaws Corner
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 448 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Surry totaled 466 over 54 years, from 362 in 1960 to 828 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 40 percent between 1960 and 1970; the smallest, a seven percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2014 Census estimate for Surry was 828 residents, which ranked 195th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 52.8 persons per square mile of land area. Surry contains 15.7 square miles of land area and 0.3 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $528,195
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $1,817,016
Zoning Ordinance 1951/15
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Trust Funds
Appointed:Conservation; Library; Zoning
Public Library Reed Free

Emergency Services
Police Department State Police
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 5 miles 116

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; Granite State
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells; Surry Village Water
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Time Warner; Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.82
2015 Equalization Ratio 100.3
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.88
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.6%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 387
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 370
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 3
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 14
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 828 76,596
2010 732 77,117
2000 673 73,993
1990 631 70,223
1980 656 62,116
1970 507 52,364
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   388 Female:   440
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 23
Age 5 to 19 76
Age 20 to 34 126
Age 35 to 54 240
Age 55 to 64 189
Age 65 and over 174
Median Age 51.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 35.2%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $39,436
Median family income $80,625
Median household income $71,875
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $53,333
Female $49,750
Individuals below the poverty level 4.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 415 505
Employed 404 486
Unemployed 11 19
Unemployment Rate 2.7% 3.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 27 25
Average Weekly Wage $1,002 $899
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 24 48
Average Weekly Wage $392 $313
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 50 73
Average Weekly Wage $715 $511
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 15 6
Average Weekly Wage $591 $334
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 65 79
Average Weekly Wage $687 $498

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Surry operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Keene SAU 91
Career Technology Center(s): Cheshire Career Center (Keene); Fall Mountain RHS - CTE; Windham RCC (VT) Region: 13
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 94
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
LG Cushing & Sons, Inc. Well drilling 15
Rusty's Speed Sale of racing parts 1
Brooks Construction Construction Services 2
CDFR Capentry, excavation 4
Surry House B&B Bed & breakfast 2 2002
GT's Auto Used Vehicle Sales 2
Advantage Real Estate Real estate services 1
Richardson Home Inspection Home inspection services 1
Rocky Knoll Farm Farm products, excavation services 2
Kona Ice Retail shaved ice 2 2009

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 12, 12A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 5
Distance 16 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dillant-Hopkins, SwanzeyRunway6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 60 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 70 miles
Portland, ME 163 miles
Boston, MA 105 miles
New York City, NY 223 miles
Montreal, Quebec 233 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.8%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.3%
Other Means 0.4%
Worked at home 7.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 19.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 14.1%
Commuting to another NH community 81.0%
Commuting out-of-state 4.9%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X 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
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Ascutney (VT)
Other: Surry Mountain Recreation Area

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/17/16

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