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Unity, NH

unity New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Unity Board of Selectmen
Edward A. Gregory, Chairman
13 Center Road, Unit 3
Charlestown, NH 03603
Telephone (603) 543-3102
Fax (603) 542-5922
E-mail unitysecretary@myfairpoint.net
Web Site www.unitynh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Monday, Tuesday, 9 am - 5 pm, Wednesday, 9 am - 6 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 5 pm; Selectmen's Secretary: Monday, 1 pm - 4 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, 9 am - 5 pm, closed Friday

County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Claremont NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 8
State Representative Sullivan County Districts 6, 9

Incorporated: 1764
Origin: This territory was first chartered in 1753, and named Buckingham, after John Hobart, first Earl of Buckinghamshire. Grants of this area had been given by both the early Massachusetts government and by Governor Benning Wentworth, causing dispute among those looking to claim the land. The town was incorporated as Unity in 1764 when the grant terms provided a friendly resolution to the dispute. In the charter document, the grantees were allowed to come to mutual agreement the size of each tract, when usually the tracts were to be divided into equal shares for all those named in the grant.
Villages and Place Names: East Unity, Quaker City, West Unity
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 538 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Unity totaled 932 over 53 years, from 708 in 1960 to 1,640 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 54 percent between 1970 and 1980; the smallest was zero change between 1960 and 1970. The 2013 Census estimate for Unity was 1,640 residents, which ranked 155th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 44.4 persons per square mile of land area. Unity contains 37.0 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $1,334,936
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014 $3,539,761
Zoning Ordinance 2010
Master Plan 1996
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning
Appointed:Conservation; Library
Public Library Unity Free Public

Police Department Sullivan County Sheriff's Dept covers Unity
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Valley Regional, Claremont 10 miles 25

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop; PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
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) $24.70
2013 Equalization Ratio 111.2
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.61
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings88.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings8.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.3%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 724
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 597
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 26
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 101
Total Population Community County
2013 1,646 43,074
2010 1,671 43,742
2000 1,535 40,560
1990 1,343 38,652
1980 1,092 36,063
1970 709 30,949
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   773 Female:   817
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 46
Age 5 to 19 188
Age 20 to 34 219
Age 35 to 54 533
Age 55 to 64 277
Age 65 and over 327
Median Age 49.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 88.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 14.7%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $24,907
Median family income $65,347
Median household income $56,250
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $41,875
Female $38,370
Individuals below the poverty level 6%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 700 779
Employed 674 751
Unemployed 26 28
Unemployment Rate 3.7% 3.6%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 14 n
Average Weekly Wage $356 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 10 n
Average Weekly Wage $410 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 23 13
Average Weekly Wage $379 $392
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 38 198
Average Weekly Wage $338 $695
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 62 211
Average Weekly Wage $353 $676

Schools students attend: Unity operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Claremont SAU 6
Career Technology Center(s): Sugar River Valley RTC, Claremont or Newport Region: 10
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 117
2014 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: Dartmouth; Colby-Sawyer; Lebanon

Not Available

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 7
Distance 12 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Claremont Municipal
Runway 3,098 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 32 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 82 miles
Portland, ME 174 miles
Boston, MA 132 miles
New York City, NY 238 miles
Montreal, Quebec 214 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.8%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 0.4%
Other Means 1.2%
Worked at home 6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 10.6%
Commuting to another NH community 82.2%
Commuting out-of-state 7.2%
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
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): King Ridge, Mount Sunapee

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 6/16/2014

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