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Bristol, NH

bristol New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Bristol
Nicholas Coates, Town Administrator
230 Lake Street
Bristol, NH 03222
Telephone (603) 744-3354
Fax (603) 744-2521
E-mail townadmin@townofbristolnh.org
Web Site www.townofbristolnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 7 pm

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

Incorporated: 1819
Origin: Bristol was incorporated in 1819, established on land taken from Bridgewater and New Chester (Hill). Extensive deposits of fine sand or clay similar to the Bristol sand used in Bristol, England, to make fine china and pottery gave this town its name. Here the sand was used to make a superior quality brick, marketed as Bristol brick. The town was center of manufacturing in the early days for such diverse goods as paper, leather, woolens, flannel, bedsteads, and piano stools. Bristol encompasses the lower two-thirds of Newfound Lake, including Wellington State Park.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 675 residents in 1820
Population Trends: Population change for Bristol totaled 1,585 over 56 years, from 1,470 in 1960 to 3,055 in 2016. The largest decennial percent change was a 32 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, accounting for one-third of the total numeric change. The 2016 Census estimate for Bristol was 3,055 residents, which ranked 107th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2016 (US Census Bureau): 178.9 persons per square mile of land area. Bristol contains 17.1 square miles of land area and 5.0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2017 $6,974,180
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $5,828,414
Zoning Ordinance 1985/16
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Budget; Library
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Historic District
Public Library Minot-Sleeper

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 14 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Bristol Water and Sewer
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2016 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.62
2016 Equalization Ratio 97.0
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.34
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings85.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings9.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.7%

(ACS 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,333
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,784
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 210
Five or More Units in Structure 101
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 238
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2016 3,055 88,888
2010 3,054 89,118
2000 3,033 81,826
1990 2,614 74,998
1980 2,198 65,806
1970 1,670 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   1,582 Female:   1,468
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 161
Age 5 to 19 495
Age 20 to 34 613
Age 35 to 54 763
Age 55 to 64 433
Age 65 and over 585
Median Age 41.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 22.0%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $25,712
Median family income $63,813
Median household income $54,015
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $42,193
Female $40,060
Individuals below the poverty level 10.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 1,601 1,725
Employed 1,544 1,682
Unemployed 57 43
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 2.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $461 $523
Average Weekly Wage $781 $1,007
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $592 $661
Average Weekly Wage $450 $561
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $1,053 $1,184
Average Weekly Wage $595 $758
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $293 $283
Average Weekly Wage $628 $773
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $1,346 $1,466
Average Weekly Wage $602 $761

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 2 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 356 297 387
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 80
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; Granite State College-Laconia

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Newfound Area Schools Education 250
Freudenberg-NOK Oil, grease seals, molded rubber 210 1949
Town of Bristol Municipal services 34 1819
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 30
TD Bank Banking services 25 1970
Homestead Restaurant Restaurant 25 1975
RP Williams & Sons Retail lumber store 21 1950
Shackett's Grocery Convenience store 20 1945

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 3A, 104
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 23
Distance 6 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
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 60 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 55 miles
Portland, ME 98 miles
Boston, MA 105 miles
New York City, NY 301 miles
Montreal, Quebec 229 miles

(ACS 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 77.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 12.4%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 6.3%
Other Means 0.4%
Worked at home 3.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 24.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 32.2%
Commuting to another NH community 65.0%
Commuting out-of-state 2.8%
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
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
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Ragged, Tenney, Waterville Valley Mountains
Other: Wellington State Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security,April 2018. Community Response Received 06/13/17

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