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Canterbury, NH

canterbury New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Canterbury
Jan Stout, Administrative Assistant
PO Box 500
Canterbury, NH 03224
Telephone (603) 783-9955
Fax (603) 783-0501
E-mail jstout@canterbury-nh.org
Web Site www.canterbury-nh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, Wednesday, 9 am - 1 pm, Thursday, 10 am - 2 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 9 am - 3 pm, Tuesday, 3 pm - 7 pm, Thursday, 12 pm - 7 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 2
State Senate District District 7
State Representative Merrimack County Districts 9, 26

Incorporated: 1741
Origin: First granted in 1727, the town was named for William Wake, Archbishop of Canterbury. Canterbury in England is famous for its cathedral, and for being the center of English Christianity since 597 AD. The town was originally a fort or trading post where the Penacook Indians came to trade. Canterbury Shaker Village was first established in 1792, a self-contained community of the United Society of Believers, known as the Shaking Quakers or Shakers, because of their use of dance in worship. Today, the Canterbury Shaker Village is an outdoor museum and designated National Historic Landmark.
Villages and Place Names: Boyce, Canterbury Station, Canterbury Center, Hills Corner, Kezer Seminary, Shaker Village
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,038 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Canterbury totaled 1,569 over 49 years, from 895 in 1970 to 2,464 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 58 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, accounting for one-third of the total population change. The 2019 Census estimate for Canterbury was 2,464 residents, which ranked 123rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 56.1 persons per square mile of land area. Canterbury contains 43.9 square miles of land area and 0.9 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $3,147,280
Budget: School Appropriations, 2019-2020 $4,861,329
Zoning Ordinance 1956/19
Master Plan 2010
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Recreation; Recycling; Agriculture
Public Library Elkins Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 14 miles 245

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop; Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
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) $27.87
2019 Equalization Ratio 81.5
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.53
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings91.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings5.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.1%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,060
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 952
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 63
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 45
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 2,464 151,391
2010 2,352 146,445
2000 1,991 136,716
1990 1,692 120,618
1980 1,410 98,302
1970 895 80,925
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   1,157 Female:   1,200
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 124
Age 5 to 19 324
Age 20 to 34 369
Age 35 to 54 622
Age 55 to 64 493
Age 65 and over 425
Median Age 47.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 51.7%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $41,296
Median family income $109,250
Median household income $84,000
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $60,644
Female $48,214
Individuals below the poverty level 3.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 1,399 1,492
Employed 1,329 1,462
Unemployed 70 30
Unemployment Rate 5.0% 2.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 19 56
Average Weekly Wage $454 $593
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 182 200
Average Weekly Wage $535 $917
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 201 255
Average Weekly Wage $527 $846
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 71 61
Average Weekly Wage $567 $777
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 272 316
Average Weekly Wage $538 $833

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 Shaker Regional (Belmont, Canterbury) SAU 80
Career Technology Center(s): J. Oliva Huot Technical Center (Laconia); Winnisquam Agricultural Programs Region: 8
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-5 1-8
Total Enrollment 117 7
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 49
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: UNH School of Law

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Canterbury Shaker Village Tours, restaurant 15
Canterbury Elementary School Education 25
Dumpster Depot Garbage collection

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 106, 132
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 18
Distance Local access
Railroad State owned line
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 35 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 28 miles
Portland, ME 120 miles
Boston, MA 70 miles
New York City, NY 275 miles
Montreal, Quebec 246 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 77.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.9%
Public transportation 0.4%
Walked 4.1%
Other Means 7.7%
Worked at home 2.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 21.0%
Commuting to another NH community 76.5%
Commuting out-of-state 2.5%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X 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
Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
Other: Shaker Village

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 7/31/20

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