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Boscawen, NH

boscawen New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Boscawen
Alan H. Hardy, Co-Administrator
116 North Main Street
Boscawen, NH 03303
Telephone (603) 753-9188 x305
Fax (603) 753-9184
E-mail ahardy@townofboscawen.org
Web Site www.townofboscawen.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Wednesday, 4:30 pm - 6 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Thursday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm; Planning & Community Development Office: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; closed daily, 12 noon - 1 pm

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Concord, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Central NH Regional
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 7
State Representative Merrimack County Districts 8, 26

Incorporated: 1760
Origin: This community was originally granted in 1732 as Contoocook, after the river of the same name. In 1760, the town was incorporated as Boscawen, in honor of an English admiral, Edward Boscawen, who fought under General Amherst in the conquest of Canada. Admiral Boscawen was responsible for the capture of the fortress at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. The Contoocook Fort on the Merrimack, one of the first log forts constructed for protection against the Indians, was built here in 1739. In July 1997, the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery was established by legislature in Boscawen on 104 acres previously used as a state forest.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,108 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Boscawen totaled 864 over 49 years, from 3,162 in 1970 to 4,026 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was between 1970 and 1980, when the population increased by 8.6 percent. The 2019 Census estimate for Boscawen was 4,026 residents, which ranked 95th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 161.9 persons per square mile of land area. Boscawen contains 24.9 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $4,072,176
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $4,488,078
Zoning Ordinance 1973/18
Master Plan 2018
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board/CNHRPC
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Town Clerk; Cemetery
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Budget; Conservation; Parks & Recreation; Public Works; AG Comm; Police Comm
Public Library Boscawen Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Private, part-time & volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 8 miles 245

Electric Supplier Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Penacook/Boscawen Precinct
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
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) $28.12
2019 Equalization Ratio 95.9
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.44
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings85.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings10.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.9%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,513
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,014
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 183
Five or More Units in Structure 170
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 146
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 4,026 151,391
2010 3,965 146,445
2000 3,684 136,716
1990 3,407 120,618
1980 3,435 98,302
1970 3,162 80,925
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   1,851 Female:   2,153
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 181
Age 5 to 19 709
Age 20 to 34 536
Age 35 to 54 1,144
Age 55 to 64 581
Age 65 and over 853
Median Age 44.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 89.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 18.6%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $29,733
Median family income $82,330
Median household income $74,500
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $59,840
Female $44,792
Individuals below the poverty level 3.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 2,012 1,971
Employed 1,871 1,919
Unemployed 141 52
Unemployment Rate 7.0% 2.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 241 294
Average Weekly Wage $927 $1,212
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 338 342
Average Weekly Wage $597 $848
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 578 635
Average Weekly Wage $734 $1,016
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 729 720
Average Weekly Wage $703 $839
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,307 1,356
Average Weekly Wage $716 $922

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 Merrimack Valley Regional (Andover, Boscawen, Loudon, Penacook, Salisbury, Webster) SAU 46
Career Technology Center(s): Concord Regional Technical Center Region: 11
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5
Total Enrollment 250
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 95
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Northeast Catholic College; New England; UNH School of Law

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Merrimack County Nursing Home & Jail Nursing home, correctional facility 827 1800
Elektrisola, Inc. Copper magnet wire 185 1976
National Lumber Retail building materials & contractor sales 20 1933
Ross Express Trucking firm 60 1947
Alan's Restaurant Restaurant & catering 37 1984
KSD Custom windows, doors 15 1989
Colby Lumber Company Soft, hardwood lumber 12 1947
Town of Boscawen Municipal services 24 1733
All States Asphalt Sales & application of liquid asphalt 10 1956

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3, 4
State Routes
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 17
Distance 2 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
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 29 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 25 miles
Portland, ME 118 miles
Boston, MA 76 miles
New York City, NY 272 miles
Montreal, Quebec 249 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 80.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.6%
Other Means 8.9%
Worked at home 2.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.0 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 7.7%
Commuting to another NH community 89.6%
Commuting out-of-state 2.7%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
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
X Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist 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
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
Other: Hannah Dustin Memorial; River Canoeing; NH State Veterens Cemetery; Merrimack County Facilities; Seasonal farm stands; Community Garden; Rail Trail

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 5/22/18

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