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Bath, NH

bath New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Bath
Pamela Murphy, Administrative Assistant
PO Box 88
Bath, NH 03740
Telephone (603) 747-2454
Fax (603) 747-0497
E-mail bathnh@myfairpoint.net
Web Site www.bath-nh.org

Municipal Office Hours Administrative Assistant: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Friday, 8:30 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon, 1 pm - 4 pm, Friday, 8 am - 12 noon

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Haverhill, NH LMA
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 1
State Representative Grafton County Districts 3, 15

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: The Bath town charter, granted in 1761, set aside land in equal shares for 68 families, with a church and a school. The town was named for a prominent English statesman, William Pulteney, first Earl of Bath, who served as Secretary of War and was known as one of the best orators in Parliament. Bath was one of the 16 towns involved in a protracted border dispute with the independent state of Vermont, before it was admitted to the Union in 1791. The town has three covered bridges crossing the Ammonoosuc River that were built in the early 1800's.
Villages and Place Names: Nutter, Pettyboro, Swiftwater, Upper Village, West Bath
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 493 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Bath totaled 348 over 55 years, from 604 in 1960 to 952 in 2015. The largest decennial percent change occurred between 1970 and 1980, when the population increased by 25 percent, a numeric increase of 154. The 2015 Census estimate for Bath was 952 residents, which ranked 186th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2015 (US Census Bureau): 24.9 persons per square mile of land area. Bath contains 38.2 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $1,407,261
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $2,303,205
Zoning Ordinance 1989/17
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Cemetery
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation
Public Library Bath Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Private
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cottage Hospital, Woodsville 4 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Bath Village Water Works
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramNone
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2016 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.43
2016 Equalization Ratio 98.7
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.22
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings80.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other16.9%

(ACS 2011-2015) Housing
Total Housing Units 588
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 485
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 17
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 86
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2015 952 89,341
2010 1,077 89,118
2000 895 81,826
1990 734 74,998
1980 761 65,806
1970 607 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2011-2015
Population by Gender
Male:   547 Female:   405
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 30
Age 5 to 19 140
Age 20 to 34 119
Age 35 to 54 198
Age 55 to 64 201
Age 65 and over 264
Median Age 54.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 85.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 25.3%

(ACS 2011-2015) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $27,772
Median family income $56,250
Median household income $44,219
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $47,647
Female $36,083
Individuals below the poverty level 13.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 480 535
Employed 466 518
Unemployed 14 17
Unemployment Rate 2.9% 3.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 124 n
Average Weekly Wage $478 n
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 25 29
Average Weekly Wage $464 $600
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 148 n
Average Weekly Wage $475 n

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Bath operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Haverhill Cooperative (Bath, Benton, Haverhill, Piermont, Warren) SAU 23
Career Technology Center(s): River Bend Career & Technical Center (VT) Region: 4
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6
Total Enrollment 77
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Littleton

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Britton Lumber Sawmill 32 2016

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 302
State Routes 10, 112, 135
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 17
Distance 8 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dean Memorial, HaverhillRunway2,500 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 51 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 102 miles
Portland, ME 121 miles
Boston, MA 152 miles
New York City, NY 311 miles
Montreal, Quebec 176 miles

(ACS 2011-2015) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.8%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.4%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 10.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.0 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2011-2015)
Working in community of residence 20.6%
Commuting to another NH community 65.2%
Commuting out-of-state 14.2%
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
X Tourists Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Cannon

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2017. Community Response Received 06/02/17

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