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Boscawen, NH

boscawen New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Boscawen
Katie Phelps, Town Administrator
116 North Main Street
Boscawen, NH 03303
Telephone (603) 753-9188 x2317
Fax (603) 753-9184
E-mail kphelps@boscawennh.gov
Web Site www.boscawennh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9-5, Thursday, 10-6; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday to Wednesday, 8:30-4:30, Thursday, 8:30-5:30; Planning: Monday to Thursday, 8:30-4:30

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 1, 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 783 over 50 years, from 3,162 in 1970 to 3,945 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a nine percent increase from 1970 to 1980; and by eight percent from 1990 to 2000 and 2000 to 2010. The town's population declined by one percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2021 Census estimate for Boscawen was 3,978 residents, which ranked 99th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 160.0 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, 2022 $5,120,571
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $8,108,493
Zoning Ordinance 1973/22
Master Plan 2021
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board/CNHRPC
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectboard; Library; Town Clerk; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Treasurer
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Budget; Conservation; Parks & Recreation; energy; Beautification; Economic Development; Agriculture; Police Advisory
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 Eversource; 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 AT&T; Consolidated; Comcast
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.38
2021 Equalization Ratio 78.6
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.00
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings85.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings10.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.2%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,475
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,109
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 94
Five or More Units in Structure 151
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 121
(US Census Bureau) Population
(Decennial/ACS 2017-2021)
Total Population Community County
2021 3,947 152,983
2020 3,998 153,808
2010 3,965 146,445
2000 3,684 136,716
1990 3,407 120,618
1980 3,435 98,302
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   1,966 Female:   1,981
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 171
Age 5 to 19 713
Age 20 to 34 567
Age 35 to 54 1,070
Age 55 to 64 485
Age 65 and over 941
Median Age 44.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 2,874
High school graduate or higher 92.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 21.8%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $31,990
Median family income $87,375
Median household income $79,691
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $59,801
Female $48,750
Individuals below the poverty level 7.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 1,941 1,884
Employed 1,835 1,821
Unemployed 106 63
Unemployment Rate 5.5% 3.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 266 318
Average Weekly Wage $930 $1,268
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 396 364
Average Weekly Wage $711 $941
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 662 682
Average Weekly Wage $799 $1,093
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 746 606
Average Weekly Wage $724 $961
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,408 1,288
Average Weekly Wage $759 $1,031

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
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 219
2021 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: Magdalen College; New England; UNH School of Law; Granite State

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Merrimack County Nursing Home & Jail Nursing home, correctional facility 481 1800
Elektrisola, Inc. Copper magnet wire 223 1976
Ross Express Trucking firm 60 1947
Kentek Laser Safety Eyeware 41 1983
Alan's Restaurant Restaurant & catering 34 1984
KSD Custom windows, doors 27 1989
Town of Boscawen Municipal services 24 1733
VCA Riverside Veterinary Hospital Veterinary Services 24 1988
Huckleberry Propane & Oil Home Heating Services 24 2001
Black Forest Nursery Plants and Landscaping Services 29 1976

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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 1,794
Drove alone, car/truck/van 85.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.5%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.5%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 8.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 16.9%
Commuting to another NH community 79.6%
Commuting out-of-state 3.5%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Performing Arts Facilities
X 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 Veterans Cemetery; Merrimack County Facilities; Seasonal farm stands; Community Garden; Rail Trail

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, April 2023. Community Response Received 5/26/22

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