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Bridgewater, NH

bridgewater New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Bridgewater
Terence Murphy, Selectman
297 Mayhew Turnpike
Bridgewater, NH 03222
Telephone (603) 744-5055
Fax (603) 744-5971
E-mail townofbridgewaternh@gmail.com
Web Site www.bridgewater-nh.com

Municipal Office Hours Tuesday, 12 noon - 2:30 pm, Thursday, 9 am - 12 noon, and as needed

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

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 2
State Representative Grafton County Districts 9, 17

Incorporated: 1788
Origin: Bridgewater received its charter in 1788, when it was part of the town of New Chester. New Chester was separated into Bridgewater and Hill, as well as portions of Bristol, Danbury, and Wilmot. Early settlers of the area were from Bridgewater, Massachusetts, giving the town its name. Bridgewater was officially incorporated by John Sullivan, who was President of New Hampshire before the title was changed to Governor. The town line follows the eastern shore of Newfound Lake.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 281 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Bridgewater totaled 673 over 49 years, from 398 in 1970 to 1,071 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 52 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; two of the last four decades had increases of 30 percent or more. The 2019 Census estimate for Bridgewater was 1,071 residents, which ranked 184th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 49.9 persons per square mile of land area. Bridgewater contains 21.5 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2017 $1,401,715
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $1,686,908
Zoning Ordinance 1983/10
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; ZBA
Public Library Bridgewater

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 13 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
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) $9.76
2019 Equalization Ratio 82.4
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $8.00
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings93.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.2%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 988
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 881
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 20
Five or More Units in Structure 11
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 76
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 1,071 89,886
2010 1,083 89,118
2000 979 81,826
1990 743 74,998
1980 606 65,806
1970 398 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   600 Female:   588
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 34
Age 5 to 19 185
Age 20 to 34 107
Age 35 to 54 248
Age 55 to 64 229
Age 65 and over 385
Median Age 55.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 41.5%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $41,842
Median family income $82,500
Median household income $67,167
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $55,417
Female $53,036
Individuals below the poverty level 9.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 547 722
Employed 525 711
Unemployed 22 11
Unemployment Rate 4.0% 1.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 8 15
Average Weekly Wage $610 $872
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 55 86
Average Weekly Wage $1,014 $769
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 63 101
Average Weekly Wage $961 $784
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 19 19
Average Weekly Wage $272 $469
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 82 120
Average Weekly Wage $803 $734

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 Newfound Area (Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, Danbury, Groton, Hebron, New Hampton) SAU 4
Career Technology Center(s): Plymouth Applied Technology Center Region: 5
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels
Total Enrollment
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; Granite State College-Laconia

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Bridgewater Steam Power Utility 12 1988

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 3A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 23
Distance 10 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Newfound Valley, BristolRunway1,900 ft. asphalt
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 42 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 58 miles
Portland, ME 101 miles
Boston, MA 108 miles
New York City, NY 305 miles
Montreal, Quebec 224 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 80.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.2%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 3.6%
Other Means 10.3%
Worked at home 6.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 17.8%
Commuting to another NH community 76.0%
Commuting out-of-state 6.2%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X 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 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
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Ragged, Tenney Mountains

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 6/15/17

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