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Washington, NH

washington New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Washington
Tom Marshall, Chair
7 Halfmoon Pond Road
Washington, NH 03280
Telephone (603) 495-3661
Fax (603) 495-1739
E-mail ddefosse@washingtonnh.org
Web Site www.washingtonnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Friday, 9 am - 3 pm, Meeting Thursday, 7 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Thursday, 1 pm - 8 pm, Friday, 9 am - 3 pm, last Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon

County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Hillsborough, NH LMA
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 7, 11

Incorporated: 1776
Origin: This territory was first granted in 1735 by the Massachusetts government. It was named Monadnock Number 8, one of the fort towns designated to protect the colonies from Indian attack. In 1752, the Masonian Proprietors issued a new grant to Captain Peter Prescott and others, who called it New Concord. Those settlers forfeited claim, and the territory was granted yet again in 1768 to Reuben Kidder and others, under the name of Camden. In December 1776, residents petitioned the newly established American revolutionary government for incorporation of their town as Washington, in honor of General George Washington.
Villages and Place Names: East Washington, Washington Center
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 545 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Washington totaled 851 over 54 years, from 162 in 1960 to 1,013 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 66 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; population increased 53 percent from 1960 to 1970 and from 1980 to 1990. The 2014 Census estimate for Washington was 1,013 residents, which ranked 183rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 22.3 persons per square mile of land area. Washington contains 45.5 square miles of land area and 2.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $2,037,625
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $2,631,415
Zoning Ordinance 1974/09
Master Plan 1992
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery
Appointed:Conservation; Parks & Recreation; Zoning
Public Library Shedd Free

Emergency Services
Police Department Municipal
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Valley Regional, Claremont 25 miles 25
New London Hospital, New London 28 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
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 ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Granite State
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Yes
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) $19.87
2015 Equalization Ratio 104.2
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.74
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings96.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.0%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,144
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,085
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 10
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 49
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 1,013 43,291
2010 1,123 43,742
2000 907 40,560
1990 629 38,652
1980 411 36,063
1970 248 30,949
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   530 Female:   483
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 16
Age 5 to 19 165
Age 20 to 34 65
Age 35 to 54 338
Age 55 to 64 182
Age 65 and over 247
Median Age 51.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 26.8%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $32,070
Median family income $62,500
Median household income $59,375
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $57,917
Female $43,068
Individuals below the poverty level 7.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 455 495
Employed 437 468
Unemployed 18 27
Unemployment Rate 4.0% 5.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 33 n
Average Weekly Wage $336 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 12 n
Average Weekly Wage $631 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 45 n
Average Weekly Wage $417 n
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 35 39
Average Weekly Wage $379 $529
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 80 n
Average Weekly Wage $400 n

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Washington operates grades K-5; grades 6-12 are tuitioned to Hillsborough-Deering Cooperative (Deering, Hillsborough) SAU 34
Career Technology Center(s): Concord Regional Technical Center Region: 11
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-5
Total Enrollment 52
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: New England; Keene State; Colby-Sawyer; Antioch New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Eccardt Farm Dairy 8
Washington Highway Department Road maintenance 5
Washington General Store Convenience store 5

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 31
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 5
Distance 25 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Parlin Field, NewportRunway3,450 ft. asphalt
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 44 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 48 miles
Portland, ME 140 miles
Boston, MA 98 miles
New York City, NY 248 miles
Montreal, Quebec 226 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.1%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.7%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 8.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 37.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 16.1%
Commuting to another NH community 76.4%
Commuting out-of-state 7.5%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
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
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
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Sunapee, Pat's Peak
Other: Highland Lake; Pillsbury State Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 07/13/15

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