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Barnstead, NH

barnstead New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Barnstead Board of Selectmen
Richard Therrien, Chairman
PO Box 11
Center Barnstead, NH 03225
Telephone (603) 269-4071
Fax Not Available
E-mail barntownhall@metrocast.net
Web Site www.barnstead.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen meet Tuesdays, 5-7; Town Hall hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:30-4:30, Tuesday, 8:30-7, closed third Wednesday monthly; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30

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

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 4
State Senate District District 17
State Representative Belknap County District 7

Incorporated: 1727
Origin: Granted in 1727, this community was one of several established to deal with rapidly expanding population in the seacoast area. The majority of new settlers came from either Barnstable on Cape Cod or Hampstead on Long Island, and the name Barnstead is a conjunction of the two. Barnstead Parade, the town's central highway, was located on the Province Road, which ran between Portsmouth and the Governor's summer house in Wolfeboro.
Villages and Place Names: Barnstead Parade, Center Barnstead, South Barnstead, North Barnstead
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 807 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Barnstead totaled 3,795 over 50 years, from 1,119 in 1970 to 4,914 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Barnstead was 5,004 residents, which ranked 73rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 116.5 persons per square mile of land area. Barnstead contains 42.9 square miles of land area and 2.0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2019 $5,202,443
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $14,566,555
Zoning Ordinance 1971/22
Master Plan 2015
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Fire & Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Library; Checklist
Appointed:Zoning; Parks & Recreation; Conservation
Public Library Oscar Foss Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 21 miles 236
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 19 miles 27

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private; Locke Lake Colony; Pennichuck
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated; Northern NE; TDS
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.60
2022 Equalization Ratio 58.6
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.62
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.3%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,552
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,373
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 68
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 111
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 5,004 64,781
2020 4,915 63,705
2010 4,593 60,088
2000 3,914 56,576
1990 3,105 49,294
1980 2,292 42,884
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   2,193 Female:   2,709
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 170
Age 5 to 19 914
Age 20 to 34 728
Age 35 to 54 1,341
Age 55 to 64 853
Age 65 and over 896
Median Age 43.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 3,567
High school graduate or higher 93.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 24.6%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $35,958
Median family income $82,024
Median household income $77,097
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $65,327
Female $39,650
Individuals below the poverty level 3.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 2,702 2,732
Employed 2,573 2,670
Unemployed 129 62
Unemployment Rate 4.8% 2.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 19 59
Average Weekly Wage $569 $835
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 137 190
Average Weekly Wage $459 $805
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 157 249
Average Weekly Wage $473 $812
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 159 157
Average Weekly Wage $658 $794
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 316 406
Average Weekly Wage $566 $805

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Barnstead operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are jointly managed with Alton (JMA) SAU 86
Career Technology Center(s): Lakes Region Technology Center (Wolfeboro)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 469
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 44
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region; NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; UNH School of Law; Granite State

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Barnstead Elementary School/SAU 86 Education/administrative 106
Bosco Bell Convenience store, gas 14
Town of Barnstead Municipal services 96
OSG Outdoor games, paintball 14 1991
Blueberry Station Convenience store, gas 7 2005
Barnstead Business Park Auto/small engine repair, Pellet Construction Co., and Child Care 15 2013
Hampstead Stage Company Theatre group 28

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 28, 107, 126
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 15
Distance 21 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Concord MunicipalRunway6,005 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 36 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 37 miles
Portland, ME 71 miles
Boston, MA 87 miles
New York City, NY 284 miles
Montreal, Quebec 255 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 2,597
Drove alone, car/truck/van 76.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.0%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 0.6%
Worked at home 13.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 36.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 19.4%
Commuting to another NH community 76.4%
Commuting out-of-state 4.2%
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
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): Gunstock
Other: Outdoor Hockey; Outdoor Skating Rink; Outdoor Basketball Courts

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

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