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Tamworth, NH

tamworth New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Tamworth Board of Selectmen
Darlene McWhirter, Town Administrator
84 Main Street
Tamworth, NH 03886
Telephone (603) 323-7525
Fax (603) 323-2349
E-mail [email protected]
Web Site www.tamworthnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Tuesday through Friday, 9 am - 12 noon, 1 pm - 4 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 am - 12 noon, 1 pm - 4 pm, Thursday, 9 am - 12 noon, 1 pm - 6 pm

County Carroll
Labor Market Area Conway, NH-ME LMA, NH part
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 3, 7

Incorporated: 1766
Origin: This town was granted in 1766 to John Webster and others, and named in honor of Admiral Washington Shirley, Viscount Tamworth, a close friend of Governor Benning Wentworth. There was considerable controversy regarding the boundaries of the town. A legislative committee was appointed in 1796 to fix the line between Tamworth and Burton (Albany), and between Tamworth and Eaton. Though the decision was to be final, another committee was appointed in 1808 to further fix town lines between Tamworth, Eaton, Sandwich, and Burton.
Villages and Place Names: Chocorua, South Tamworth, Wonalancet
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 266 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Tamworth totaled 1,835 over 54 years, from 1,016 in 1960 to 2,851 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 59 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, which was followed by a 30 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2014 Census estimate for Tamworth was 2,851 residents, which tied with Warner, ranking 110th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 47.7 persons per square mile of land area. Tamworth contains 59.8 square miles of land area and 0.8 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $3,194,397
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $6,473,783
Zoning Ordinance No Ordinance
Master Plan 2008
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Trust Funds; Checklist; Cemetery; Fireward
Appointed:Conservation; Energy, LURC; Economic Dev; ZBA; CIP
Public Library Chocorua Public; Cook Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time Chief & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Memorial Hospital, North Conway 20 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier LR Water Company; Private wells
Sanitation Tamworth Village Assoc. & private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Limited
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) $22.71
2015 Equalization Ratio 103.5
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.66
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings83.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings11.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.5%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,227
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,780
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 73
Five or More Units in Structure 188
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 186
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 2,851 47,623
2010 2,856 47,818
2000 2,515 43,918
1990 2,172 35,526
1980 1,672 27,929
1970 1,054 18,548
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   1,502 Female:   1,349
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 10
Age 5 to 19 218
Age 20 to 34 284
Age 35 to 54 1,150
Age 55 to 64 614
Age 65 and over 575
Median Age 53.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 23.3%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $36,544
Median family income $56,371
Median household income $48,686
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $37,737
Female $34,339
Individuals below the poverty level 10.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 1,350 1,495
Employed 1,308 1,427
Unemployed 42 68
Unemployment Rate 3.1% 4.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 176 117
Average Weekly Wage $697 $663
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 376 348
Average Weekly Wage $356 $553
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 552 466
Average Weekly Wage $465 $581
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 146 128
Average Weekly Wage $577 $730
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 697 594
Average Weekly Wage $488 $613

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Tamworth operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Conway SAU 13
Career Technology Center(s): Mt. Washington Valley CTC (Conway) Region: 6
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 209 23
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 114
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; Granite State College-Conway

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Kenneth A. Brett School Education (K-8) 47
Pinetree Power - Tamworth 20 MW Bio-Mass wood chip fired steam electrical generating facility
Eversource Electric srvices

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 16, 25, 113, 113A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 24
Distance 29 miles
Railroad No
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 61 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 6
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 79 miles
Portland, ME 64 miles
Boston, MA 119 miles
New York City, NY 327 miles
Montreal, Quebec 242 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.7%
Other Means 4.2%
Worked at home 6.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 21.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 37.7%
Commuting to another NH community 59.4%
Commuting out-of-state 2.9%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X 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
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): King Pine
Other: Barnstormers Summer Theatre; White Lake State Park; Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 06/07/16

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