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Wolfeboro, NH

wolfeboro New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Wolfeboro
David W. Owen, Town Manager
PO Box 629
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
Telephone (603) 569-8161
Fax (603) 569-8167
E-mail townmanager@wolfeboronh.us
Web Site www.wolfeboronh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 1 pm, 2 pm - 4 pm

County Carroll
Labor Market Area Wolfeboro, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
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 District 6

Incorporated: 1770
Origin: This territory was granted to Dr. A.R. Cutter, William Tredwell, David Sewall, and Henry Apthorp, who had petitioned the Masonian Proprietors for a piece of land near Winnepeseocket Pond on which to settle. Their petition was granted in 1759, and named Wolfeborough in honor of General James Wolfe, who had been victorious at Quebec in 1759. In 1763, 2,300 acres were added to the 60 acres reserved for the governor. Governor John Wentworth established an estate on the site, known as Kingswood. This was the first summer country estate in northern New England. In 1770, residents petitioned for incorporation, which was granted.
Villages and Place Names: East Wolfeboro, Fernald, Keewaydin, North Wolfeboro, South Wolfeboro, Stockbridge Corner, Wolfeboro Center, Wolfeboro Falls, Cotton Valley Station
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 447 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Wolfeboro totaled 3,542 over 54 years, from 2,689 in 1960 to 6,231 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 31 percent between 1970 and 1980; the smallest, a two percent increase between 2000 and 2010. The 2014 Census estimate for Wolfeboro was 6,231 residents, which ranked 53rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 128.9 persons per square mile of land area. Wolfeboro contains 48.3 square miles of land area and 10.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen/Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $28,257,510
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016 $15,255,481
Zoning Ordinance 1950/11
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Library; Police Commission
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Agriculture; Economic Dev; Heritage
Public Library Wolfeboro Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Private - Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro Local 25

Electric Supplier Wolfeboro Electric
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Wolfeboro Water Department
Sanitation Wolfeboro Sewer Dept & private septic
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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.95
2015 Equalization Ratio 98.6
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.72
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings92.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings7.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.1%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 4,453
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,579
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 436
Five or More Units in Structure 198
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 240
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 6,231 47,623
2010 6,269 47,818
2000 6,122 43,918
1990 4,842 35,526
1980 3,968 27,929
1970 3,036 18,548
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   2,950 Female:   3,281
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 144
Age 5 to 19 954
Age 20 to 34 748
Age 35 to 54 1,207
Age 55 to 64 1,141
Age 65 and over 2,037
Median Age 55.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 40.3%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $34,975
Median family income $70,199
Median household income $62,200
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $52,004
Female $43,365
Individuals below the poverty level 6.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 3,068 2,937
Employed 2,970 2,816
Unemployed 98 121
Unemployment Rate 3.2% 4.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 345 214
Average Weekly Wage $653 $819
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 2,724 2,262
Average Weekly Wage $581 $727
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 3,068 2,477
Average Weekly Wage $589 $735
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 472 517
Average Weekly Wage $658 $822
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,540 2,993
Average Weekly Wage $598 $750

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Governor Wentworth Regional (Brookfield, Effingham, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro) SAU 49
Career Technology Center(s): Lakes Region Technology Center (Wolfeboro) Region: 9
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1 1 2
Grade Levels K 1-6 7-8 9-12 P 9-12 PG
Total Enrollment 446 383 799 373
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 5 Total Capacity: 292
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Governor Wentworth School District Education 286
Huggins Hospital Health care services 323
Town of Wolfeboro Municipal services 86 FT/40-60 PT & seasonal
Genesis Healthcare - Wolfeboro Bay Center Nursing care services 70
Brewster Academy Private school 243
Wolfeboro Inn Hotel, conference center 45-60
GI Plastek Plastic moldings 114
Hunter's Stop 'n Save Grocery store 70
Harvest Market Grocery store 44
Wolfeboro Area Children's Center, Inc. Child care services 27

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 28, 109, 109A
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 18; I-93, Exit 24
Distance 16 miles; 35 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation Carroll County Transit
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Moultonborough AirportRunway3,475 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 57 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 57 miles
Portland, ME 63 miles
Boston, MA 102 miles
New York City, NY 304 miles
Montreal, Quebec 248 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 74.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.9%
Public transportation 1.7%
Walked 2.4%
Other Means 1.1%
Worked at home 12.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 51.7%
Commuting to another NH community 41.6%
Commuting out-of-state 6.7%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X 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
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Abenaki, Gunstock
Other: New Hampshire Boat Museum; Wentworth State Beach; Skateboard Park; Libby & Wright Museums; 3 Town beaches; 4 Public boat ramps; The Nick Recreational Complex; Clark Park Historical Society Bldgs.

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/19/16

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