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Bow, NH


bow New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Bow
David Stack, Town Manager
10 Grandview Road, Town Hall
Bow, NH 03304
Telephone (603) 223-3910
Fax (603) 224-6680
E-mail dstack@bownh.gov
Web Site www.bownh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 7:30 am - 4 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 4
State Senate District District 16
State Representative Merrimack County District 23

Incorporated: 1727
Origin: This community was one of several established in the Merrimack Valley to relieve population congestion in the seacoast. When drawn on a map, the line of communities formed a bow. There is also a bend in the Merrimack River within its borders, and the name Bow may have come from either source. Grants in this expansion were given to many prominent Portsmouth families, causing concern by residents of Rumford to the north, who objected to being hemmed in from the south, and protested to the English crown against extension of such colonization. Upon settlement of the dispute, Rumford was renamed Concord. Bow is the birthplace of Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the First Church of Christ, Scientist and leader of the Christian Science movement.
Villages and Place Names: Bow Bog, Bow Center, Bow Junction, Bow Mills, South Bow
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 568 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Bow totaled 6,609 over 58 years, from 1,340 in 1960 to 7,949 in 2018. The largest decennial percent change was an 85 percent increase between 1960 and 1970, followed by a 62 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; the population increased by at least 30 percent in the next two decades. The 2018 Census estimate for Bow was 7,949 residents, which ranked 38th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 282.2 persons per square mile of land area. Bow contains 28.2 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen/Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2019-2020 $15,140,520
Budget: School Appropriations, 2019-2020 $28,186,175
Zoning Ordinance 1955/19
Master Plan 2017
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Budget; Trust Funds; Library
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Ambulance Oversight; Business Development; Heritage; Recycling; Drinking Water Protection; Capital Improvement Plan
Public Library Baker Free

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 4 miles 245

Utilities
Electric Supplier Unitil; Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Municipal; Private wells
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal & private
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary - Curbside
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications; Dunbarton Telephone
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2018 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.77
2018 Equalization Ratio 95.3
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.99
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings71.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings14.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other15.7%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,828
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,597
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 31
Five or More Units in Structure 188
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 12
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 7,949 151,132
2010 7,519 146,445
2000 7,168 136,716
1990 5,399 120,618
1980 4,015 98,302
1970 2,479 80,925
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   3,961 Female:   3,855
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 393
Age 5 to 19 1,721
Age 20 to 34 867
Age 35 to 54 2,142
Age 55 to 64 1,373
Age 65 and over 1,320
Median Age 45.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 53.6%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $46,942
Median family income $126,450
Median household income $117,961
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $90,385
Female $64,679
Individuals below the poverty level 2.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 4,362 4,461
Employed 4,242 4,372
Unemployed 120 89
Unemployment Rate 2.8% 2.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $1,022 $1,358
Average Weekly Wage $1,141 $1,149
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $1,790 $2,181
Average Weekly Wage $968 $1,039
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $2,812 $3,539
Average Weekly Wage $1,031 $1,081
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $493 $457
Average Weekly Wage $915 $970
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $3,305 $3,996
Average Weekly Wage $1,014 $1,068

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


(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Bow operates grades K-12 SAU 67
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 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 9-12 P K 1-4
Total Enrollment 529 499 654 51
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 7 Total Capacity: 421
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: UNH School of Law; Southern NH University

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
The Grappone Companies New, used vehicle sales & service 300 1924
Pitco/MagiKitch'n Commercial cooking equipment 280 1918
R.S. Audley, Inc. General construction contractor 175 1955
Granite Shore Power Electric utility 120 1960
Amoskeag Beverages, LLC Beer wholesaler 75 2006
Structures Unlimited/Keller/Kalwall Skylight systems 75 1968
Hampton Inn Hotel 57 1990
Bovie Screen Printing Industrial, commercial screen printing 38 1987
Coastal & Quality Wood Priming Siding, decking, and engineered wood products 150
Exel State Liquor Commission Warehouse & Distribution 100 2013

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality


(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 3A, 13
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 1; I-93, Exit 12
Distance Local access; 1 mile
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 21 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 15 miles
Portland, ME 107 miles
Boston, MA 65 miles
New York City, NY 262 miles
Montreal, Quebec 244 miles

(ACS 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.5%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.9%
Other Means 8.7%
Worked at home 7.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.8 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 17.8%
Commuting to another NH community 77.4%
Commuting out-of-state 4.8%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists 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
Campgrounds
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): Pat's Peak, Mount Sunapee
   
Other: Indoor Soccer; Summer Concert Series

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2020. Community Response Received 7/3/19

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