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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

County Carroll
Labor Market Area Rochester-Dover NH-ME Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Wentworth Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 1
State Senate 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 3,810 over 52 years, from 1,223 in 1960 to 5,033 in 2012. 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 2012 Census estimate for Wakefield was 5,033 residents, which ranked 68th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 128.7 persons per square mile of land area. Wakefield contains 39.5 square miles of land area and 5.2 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $4,481,935
Budget: School Appropriations, 2012-2013 $8,669,676
Zoning Ordinance 1986/13
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

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 13 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; 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:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $11.95
2012 Equalization Ratio 105.2
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.49
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings96.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.9%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 4,108
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,650
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 276
Five or More Units in Structure 23
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 159
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2012 5,033 47,567
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) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   2,426 Female:   2,618
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 205
Age 5 to 19 731
Age 20 to 34 537
Age 35 to 54 1,738
Age 55 to 64 768
Age 65 and over 1,065
Median Age 48 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 89.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 14.3%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $25,003
Median family income $53,338
Median household income $45,323
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $43,254
Female $28,179
Individuals below the poverty level 6.6%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 2,253 2,589
Employed 2,123 2,441
Unemployed 130 148
Unemployment Rate 5.8% 5.7%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 57 54
Average Weekly Wage $505 $639
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 324 448
Average Weekly Wage $297 $841
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 381 503
Average Weekly Wage $328 $819
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 255 328
Average Weekly Wage $444 $651
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 637 831
Average Weekly Wage $374 $753
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
Schools students attend: Wakefield operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Rochester SAU 64
Career Technology Center(s): Dover Career Technical Center; Creteau Regional Technology Center, Rochester; Somersworth Career Technical Center Region: 12
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 418
2013 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)

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
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

(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 4,001 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

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.2%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.0%
Other Means 2.1%
Worked at home 4.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 38.2 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 25.7%
Commuting to another NH community 67.4%
Commuting out-of-state 6.9%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
X Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
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
   
Other:

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, February 2014.
Community Response Received 05/28/13

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