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Acworth, NH

acworth New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Acworth
Kathi Bradt, Administrative Assistant
PO Box 37
Acworth, NH 03601
Telephone (603) 835-6879
Fax (603) 835-7901
E-mail townoff@sover.net
Web Site www.acworthnh.net

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; Town Clerk: Wednesday, 4:30 pm - 7 pm, Saturday, 8 am - 12 noon; Tax Collector: Monday, 2 pm - 4 pm

County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Charlestown, 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: 1766
Origin: Acworth was first chartered in 1752 as Burnet, in honor of William Burnet, who was appointed Colonial Governor for the provinces of Massachusetts and New Hampshire in 1728 but died shortly thereafter. No settlements were made under this charter, and in 1766 the Masonian proprietors regranted the land to new settlers under the name Acworth, honoring Sir Jacob Acworth of the British Admiralty. Acworth's meetinghouse, built in 1821 and now the Congregational Church, is known for its federal-style architecture. Both the church and the Acworth Silsby Library are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Villages and Place Names: Crescent Lake, East Acworth, South Acworth
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 704 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Acworth totaled 436 over 49 years, from 459 in 1970 to 895 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 32 percent increase between 1980 and 1990, which followed a 29 percent increase over the previous decade. The 2019 Census estimate for Acworth was 895 residents, which ranked 191st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 23.0 persons per square mile of land area. Acworth contains 38.9 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $1,415,804
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $1,496,772
Zoning Ordinance 1970/14
Master Plan 2012
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery
Appointed:Conservation; Zoning
Public Library Acworth Silsby Public

Emergency Services
Police Department State Police
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Commercial
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Valley Regional, Claremont 19 miles 25

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop; Liberty Utilities
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Direct TV
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $29.07
2019 Equalization Ratio 97.2
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.15
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings92.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.9%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 587
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 562
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 0
Five or More Units in Structure 2
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 23
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 895 43,146
2010 891 43,742
2000 837 40,560
1990 777 38,652
1980 590 36,063
1970 459 30,949
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   487 Female:   419
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 37
Age 5 to 19 66
Age 20 to 34 118
Age 35 to 54 194
Age 55 to 64 209
Age 65 and over 282
Median Age 57.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 32.4%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $36,175
Median family income $82,031
Median household income $68,438
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $51,667
Female $44,531
Individuals below the poverty level 3.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 481 461
Employed 455 447
Unemployed 26 14
Unemployment Rate 5.4% 3.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n 83
Average Weekly Wage n $897
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n 12
Average Weekly Wage n $368
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 92 95
Average Weekly Wage $782 $830
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 15 17
Average Weekly Wage $330 $1,815
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 107 112
Average Weekly Wage $718 $979

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 Fall Mountain Regional (Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Langdon, Walpole) SAU 60
Career Technology Center(s): Fall Mountain RHS - CTE; Cheshire Career Center (Keene) Region: 13
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels 1-4
Total Enrollment 38
2020 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: Keene State; Colby-Sawyer; New England; Antioch New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
RL Balla, Inc. Sawmill 10
Bascom's Sugar House Maple products 7 1939
South Acworth Village Store Convenience store 6 1865

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 123A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 7
Distance 11 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Claremont MunicipalRunway3,098 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 40 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 61 miles
Portland, ME 155 miles
Boston, MA 113 miles
New York City, NY 241 miles
Montreal, Quebec 219 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.7%
Public transportation 1.5%
Walked 0.6%
Other Means 11.5%
Worked at home 10.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 21.0%
Commuting to another NH community 68.6%
Commuting out-of-state 10.4%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
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
Tourist Attractions
X 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 Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Sunapee
Other: Library Used Book Sale; Summer Music Festival; Sestercentennial 2017

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 8/11/20

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