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Wentworth, NH


wentworth New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Wentworth Board of Selectmen
Catherine Stover, Administrative Assistant
PO Box 2
Wentworth, NH 03282
Telephone (603) 764-9955
Fax (603) 764-9362
E-mail wentworth2@roadrunner.com
Web Site www.wentworth-nh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Tuesday, 9 am - 7 pm, Wednesday, Thursday, 9 am - 2 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Plymouth NH LMA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 2
State Representative Grafton County Districts 11, 16

Incorporated: 1766
Origin: This town was first chartered in 1766 to John Page and others, and named Wentworth, in honor of Governor Benning Wentworth. The grantees were given five years to meet the terms of the grant, and the majority were unable to do so, forfeiting their claim. In 1772, Asa Porter and others from Haverhill petitioned Governor John Wentworth, Benning's nephew, for some of the forfeited shares, which was granted. Between them the Wentworth governors issued over 150 new town charters in New Hampshire, and nearly 130 new town charters in what is now Vermont, providing homes and farms for over 30,000 families.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 241 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Wentworth totaled 619 over 53 years, from 300 in 1960 to 919 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 40 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2013 Census estimate for Wentworth was 919 residents, which ranked 190th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 22.0 persons per square mile of land area. Wentworth contains 41.8 square miles of land area and 0.3 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $1,232,668
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $1,381,547
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 1986
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Trust Funds; Cemetery; School; School Treasurer; Town Clerk/Tax Collector; Library; Moderator; Checklist; Treasurer; Fire Commissioner
Appointed:Conservation
Public Library Webster Memorial

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 16 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier Fred Fuller
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramYes
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access No
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessLimited
ResidentialLimited

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.45
2013 Equalization Ratio 106.2
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.09
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings86%
Commercial Land and Buildings7.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other6.8%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 477
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 419
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 13
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 45
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2013 909 89,181
2010 911 89,118
2000 797 81,826
1990 631 74,998
1980 527 65,806
1970 376 54,914
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   479 Female:   437
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 51
Age 5 to 19 120
Age 20 to 34 157
Age 35 to 54 221
Age 55 to 64 141
Age 65 and over 226
Median Age 50.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 87%
Bachelor's degree or higher 20.7%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $22,005
Median family income $59,271
Median household income $44,600
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $33,000
Female $31,750
Individuals below the poverty level 15.7%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 449 473
Employed 432 456
Unemployed 17 17
Unemployment Rate 3.8% 3.6%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 77 23
Average Weekly Wage $474 $562
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 333 318
Average Weekly Wage $330 $469
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 410 340
Average Weekly Wage $357 $475
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 25 19
Average Weekly Wage $532 $675
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 435 359
Average Weekly Wage $367 $486

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
Schools students attend: Wentworth operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are part of Pemi-Baker Cooperative (Ashland, Campton, Holderness, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Wentworth) SAU 48
Career Technology Center(s): Plymouth Applied Technology Center Region: 5
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 66
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley; Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Plymouth State University

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
King Forest Lumber Co. Wood, lumber products 141 1994
Precision Lumber Wood, lumber 36 1994
Shawnee's Grocery store 5 2008
Burning Bush Hardware store 4 1980

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 25, 25A, 118
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 26
Distance 20 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
 
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Plymouth Regional
Runway 2,380 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 40 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 76 miles
Portland, ME 116 miles
Boston, MA 126 miles
New York City, NY 301 miles
Montreal, Quebec 199 miles

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 80.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.4%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 3.7%
Other Means 4.9%
Worked at home 5.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.7 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 26.5%
Commuting to another NH community 66.9%
Commuting out-of-state 6.6%
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
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Loon Mtn, Waterville Valley
   
Other: Plummer Ledge Natural Area; Market Day; Summer Concerts; Volleyball Court

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/20/2014

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