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Ashland, NH

ashland New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Ashland
Fred Welch, Town Manager
20 Highland Street, PO Box 517
Ashland, NH 03217
Telephone (603) 968-4432
Fax (603) 968-3776
E-mail townoffice@ashland.nh.gov
Web Site www.ashlandnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Office: Monday to Friday, 8-4; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday to Thursday, 8-4 (lunch 12:30-1), Friday, 7:30-11:30

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Plymouth, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 2
State Representative Grafton County District 8

Incorporated: 1868
Origin: Once the southwest portion of Holderness known as the village section, Ashland was not incorporated until 1868. The name Ashland was in honor of the birthplace and Kentucky estate of Henry Clay, Secretary of State and Senator from Kentucky. The name was suggested by Colonel Thomas Cheney, who had been assistant Sargent-at-Arms in Congress during Clay's service in Washington, and an active participant in the formation of the Republican party in New Hampshire. The geographic center of New Hampshire is located three miles east of Ashland.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 885 residents in 1870
Population Trends: Population change for Ashland totaled 351 over 50 years, from 1,599 in 1970 to 1,950 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 13 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The town's population decreased by six percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2021 Census estimate for Ashland was 1,959 residents, which ranked 141st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 173.1 persons per square mile of land area. Ashland contains 11.3 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $7,930,071
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $3,889,292
Zoning Ordinance 1985/18
Master Plan 2014
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Budget; Trustees
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning
Public Library Ashland Town

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department On-Call
Emergency Medical Service On-Call
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 7 miles 25

Electric Supplier Ashland Electric
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Ashland Water Department
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company BayRing; Consolidated
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.47
2021 Equalization Ratio 65.9
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.00
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings81.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings15.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.9%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,339
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 704
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 253
Five or More Units in Structure 298
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 84
(US Census Bureau) Population
(Decennial/ACS 2017-2021)
Total Population Community County
2021 2,365 91,025
2020 1,938 91,118
2010 2,076 89,118
2000 1,966 81,826
1990 1,917 74,998
1980 1,807 65,806
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   1,132 Female:   1,233
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 248
Age 5 to 19 539
Age 20 to 34 463
Age 35 to 54 403
Age 55 to 64 272
Age 65 and over 440
Median Age 30.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 1,468
High school graduate or higher 93.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 23.3%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $26,180
Median family income $62,917
Median household income $48,509
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $42,892
Female $38,958
Individuals below the poverty level 24.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 1,163 1,179
Employed 1,099 1,138
Unemployed 64 41
Unemployment Rate 5.5% 3.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 148 160
Average Weekly Wage $600 $972
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 441 558
Average Weekly Wage $523 $873
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 589 718
Average Weekly Wage $542 $895
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 88 103
Average Weekly Wage $683 $691
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 677 820
Average Weekly Wage $560 $869

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Ashland operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are part of Pemi-Baker Cooperative (Ashland, Campton, Holderness, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Wentworth) SAU 2; 48
Career Technology Center(s): Plymouth Applied Technology Center
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 159
2021 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Town of Ashland Municipal services 21
Rochester Shoe Tree Co., Inc. Shoe trees 90 1979
Freudenberg-NOK Elastomeric seals & custom molded products 50 1949
Common Man Restaurant 50
Belletetes Lumber sales 35

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 132, 175
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 24
Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Plymouth RegionalRunway2,380 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 52 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 54 miles
Portland, ME 89 miles
Boston, MA 106 miles
New York City, NY 302 miles
Montreal, Quebec 217 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 1,147
Drove alone, car/truck/van 71.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 16.3%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 6.7%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 5.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 23.2%
Commuting to another NH community 76.0%
Commuting out-of-state 0.8%
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
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist 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
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Loon, Waterville, & Ragged Mountains
Other: Little Squam Lake

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, April 2023. Community Response Received 7/6/22

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