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Bristol, NH

bristol New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Bristol
Nicholas Coates, Town Administrator
5 School 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, Thursday, Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, Wednesday, 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 District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 7
State Representative Grafton County Districts 10, 18

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 1,088 over 41 years, from 2,198 in 1980 to 3,286 in 2021. The largest decennial percent change was a 19 percent increase between 1980 and 1990,. The 2021 Census estimate for Bristol was 3,286 residents, which ranked 108th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 192.4 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, 2021 $7,535,057
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $7,016,122
Zoning Ordinance 1985/18
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Budget; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Checklist
Appointed:Please visit www.townofbristolnh.org for a list of boards & committees to which citizens may be appointed.
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 ProgramNone
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.21
2021 Equalization Ratio 71.2
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.28
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings85.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings10.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.8%

(ACS 2016-2020) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,376
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,685
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 264
Five or More Units in Structure 132
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 295
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2021 3,286 92,201
2020 3,269 91,123
2010 3,054 89,118
2000 3,033 81,826
1990 2,614 74,998
1980 2,198 65,806
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2016-2020
Population by Gender
Male:   1,603 Female:   1,500
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 137
Age 5 to 19 449
Age 20 to 34 598
Age 35 to 54 1,057
Age 55 to 64 365
Age 65 and over 497
Median Age 43.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 21.6%

(ACS 2016-2020) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $29,904
Median family income $82,361
Median household income $61,250
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $56,382
Female $41,842
Individuals below the poverty level 10.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 1,663 1,741
Employed 1,568 1,681
Unemployed 95 60
Unemployment Rate 5.7% 3.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 521 526
Average Weekly Wage $879 $1,171
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 633 797
Average Weekly Wage $487 $693
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,154 1,323
Average Weekly Wage $664 $883
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 323 282
Average Weekly Wage $683 $889
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,477 1,605
Average Weekly Wage $668 $884

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
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 335 275 381
2021 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 121
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 450 1949
Town of Bristol Municipal services 50 1819
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 30
TD Bank Banking services 25 1970
Homestead Restaurant Restaurant 25 1975
LaValley Building Supply Retail lumber store 21
Dead River Company Oil/gas delivery
Mid-State Health Center Health care services

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 2016-2020) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.5%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 4.2%
Other Means 1.9%
Worked at home 3.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 24.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2016-2020)
Working in community of residence 55.5%
Commuting to another NH community 40.9%
Commuting out-of-state 3.6%
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
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 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; Slim Baker Lodge; TTCC; NH Marathon; Lakes Region Tri Festival; Swim with a Mission; Bristol Falls Park; Pemi River Trail

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 5/10/22

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