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Wakefield, NH

wakefield New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Wakefield
Teresa A. Williams, Town Administrator
2 High Street, Town Hall
Sanbornville, NH 03872
Telephone (603) 522-6205
Fax (603) 522-6794
E-mail townadmin@wakefieldnh.com
Web Site www.wakefieldnh.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 8:30 - 4 pm, Wednesday, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm, Thursday, 8:30 am - 6 pm, first, last Saturday of month, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

County Carroll
Labor Market Area Wolfeboro, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Wentworth Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 3
State Representative Carroll County Districts 5, 8

Incorporated: 1774
Origin: This territory was settled by colonists from Dover and Somersworth who received a charter from the Masonian Proprietors in 1749. The settlement was known variously as Ham's-town, East-town, and Watertown. In 1774, residents petitioned the Proprietors for incorporation with township powers and privileges, and it was incorporated as Wakefield by Governor John Wentworth. Wakefield in Yorkshire, England, was the location of Wentworth Castle, the home of Wentworth ancestors. In 2002, the Wakefield Town Hall was listed on the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places.
Villages and Place Names: East Wakefield, North Wakefield, Sanbornville, Union, Woodman, Province Lake
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 646 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Wakefield totaled 3,823 over 54 years, from 1,223 in 1960 to 5,046 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 58 percent between 1970 and 1980, followed by increases of 37 percent and 40 percent, respectively over the next two decades. The 2014 Census estimate for Wakefield was 5,046 residents, which ranked 69th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 127.6 persons per square mile of land area. Wakefield contains 39.5 square miles of land area and 5.3 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $4,972,964
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $8,718,564
Zoning Ordinance 1986/15
Master Plan 2003
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; School; Assessors; Trust Funds; Checklist
Appointed:Conservation; Cemetery; Zoning; Heritage; Parks & Recreation
Public Library Gafney Library, Inc.; Wakefield Library Association

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 13 miles 82

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Sanbornville Water Department
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.74
2014 Equalization Ratio $101.9
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.92
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings$96.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings$3.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other$0.9%

(ACS 2010-2014) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 3,963
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,381
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 177
Five or More Units in Structure 19
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 386
Total Population Community County
2014 5,046 47,623
2010 5,078 47,818
2000 4,276 43,918
1990 3,064 35,526
1980 2,237 27,929
1970 1,420 18,548
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   2,415 Female:   2,631
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 221
Age 5 to 19 658
Age 20 to 34 639
Age 35 to 54 1,616
Age 55 to 64 908
Age 65 and over 1,004
Median Age 50.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 89.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 21.5%

(ACS 2010-2014) ANNUAL INCOME, 2014
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $28,040
Median family income $56,493
Median household income $44,794
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $47,045
Female $28,910
Individuals below the poverty level 5.6%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 2,331 2,428
Employed 2,248 2,316
Unemployed 83 112
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 4.6%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 86 67
Average Weekly Wage $503 $646
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 329 499
Average Weekly Wage $327 $906
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 416 566
Average Weekly Wage $364 $875
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 271 323
Average Weekly Wage $516 $679
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 686 889
Average Weekly Wage $424 $804
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Wakefield operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Rochester SAU 64
Career Technology Center(s): R.W. Creteau Regional Technology Ctr (Rochester) Region: 12
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 413
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 121
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; Nasson (ME)

Longmeadow Hardware Hardware 18
Lovell Lake Food Center Convenience store 35
Badman Family Practice Health care services 7 1993
Poor Peoples Pub Restaurant 35
Knotty Pine Restaurant & Tavern Restaurant 25 2010
Mobil on the Run Gas, convenience store
Irving Gas, convenience store 7
Seven Lakes Provisions Grocery store 5
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 16, 109, 110, 153
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 18; I-95, Exit 5
Distance 6 miles; 40 miles
Railroad NH Northcoast
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Skyhaven, Rochester
Runway 4,200 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 49 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 13
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 62 miles
Portland, ME 52 miles
Boston, MA 94 miles
New York City, NY 307 miles
Montreal, Quebec 259 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.0%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.4%
Other Means 2.1%
Worked at home 6.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 38.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 19.4%
Commuting to another NH community 68.5%
Commuting out-of-state 12.1%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock, King Pine

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, January 2016.
Community Response Received 05/18/15

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