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Center Harbor, NH

centerharbor New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Center Harbor Board of Selectmen
Robin Woodaman, Secretary to Selectmen
PO Box 140
Center Harbor, NH 03226
Telephone (603) 253-4561
Fax (603) 253-8420
E-mail selectmen@centerharbornh.org
Web Site www.centerharbornh.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8-11:30 and 12:15-3, Wednesday 8-12 and 5-7

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

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 2
State Representative Belknap County District 1

Incorporated: 1797
Origin: Center Harbor gets its name from two sources: from its location, centered between Meredith and Moultonborough Harbors, and also for the Senter family, who were owners of a large amount of property in the area. The town was incorporated in 1797 after being separated from New Hampton. Center Harbor was a landing place for lake steamers and stagecoaches, making it a popular summer resort. Center Harbor was a favorite spot of John Greenleaf Whittier, and the home of of Dudley Leavitt, author and publisher of Leavitt's Farmers Almanac and Miscellaneous Yearbook, starting in 1797.
Villages and Place Names: West Center Harbor
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 263 residents in 1800
Population Trends: Population change for Center Harbor totaled 499 over 50 years, from 540 in 1970 to 1,039 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 50 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The town's population decreased by five percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2021 Census estimate for Center Harbor was 1,041 residents, which ranked 184th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 78.1 persons per square mile of land area. Center Harbor contains 13.3 square miles of land area and 2.9 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2022 $3,301,138
Budget: School Appropriations, 2021-2022 $3,468,532
Zoning Ordinance 1969/16
Master Plan 2012
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Library; Zoning; Heritage; Energy
Public Library James E. Nichols Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time
Emergency Medical Service Part-time & private
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 15 miles 25
Concord Hospital - Laconia 16 miles 45

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.27
2021 Equalization Ratio 61.2
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $9.33
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.6%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 708
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 676
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 9
Five or More Units in Structure 7
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 16
(US Census Bureau) Population
(Decennial/ACS 2017-2021)
Total Population Community County
2021 825 63,395
2020 1,040 63,705
2010 1,096 60,088
2000 1,000 56,576
1990 979 49,294
1980 808 42,884
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   424 Female:   401
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 17
Age 5 to 19 74
Age 20 to 34 46
Age 35 to 54 136
Age 55 to 64 161
Age 65 and over 391
Median Age 63.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 726
High school graduate or higher 99.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 39.8%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $45,987
Median family income $105,917
Median household income $91,071
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $54,881
Female $52,188
Individuals below the poverty level 0.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 689 661
Employed 654 644
Unemployed 35 17
Unemployment Rate 5.1% 2.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 15 18
Average Weekly Wage $552 $885
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 275 240
Average Weekly Wage $469 $698
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 290 257
Average Weekly Wage $473 $711
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 25 34
Average Weekly Wage $721 $856
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 315 291
Average Weekly Wage $493 $728

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 Inter-Lakes Cooperative (Center Harbor, Meredith, Sandwich) SAU 2
Career Technology Center(s): J. Oliva Huot Technical Center (Laconia); Winnisquam Agricultural Programs
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels
Total Enrollment
2021 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 14
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; Colby-Sawyer

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
EM Heath, Inc. Hardware, rental center, groceries 50 1945
Maxwell Real Estate Real estate 10 2007

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 25, 25B
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 23
Distance 13 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Moultonborough AirportRunway3,475 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 68 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 62 miles
Portland, ME 98 miles
Boston, MA 113 miles
New York City, NY 309 miles
Montreal, Quebec 225 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 417
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.3%
Public transportation 1.4%
Walked 3.6%
Other Means 0.7%
Worked at home 5.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 15.8%
Commuting to another NH community 81.1%
Commuting out-of-state 3.1%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X 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
Tourist Attractions
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 Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
Other: Proctor Sanctuary

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, April 2023. Community Response Received 5/9/22

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