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Dunbarton, NH

dunbarton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Dunbarton
Board of Selectmen
1011 School Street
Dunbarton, NH 03046
Telephone (603) 774-3541
Fax (603) 774-5541
E-mail townadministrator@dunbartonnh.org
Web Site www.dunbartonnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Office: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm; Tax Collector: Tuesday, Thursday, 4:30 pm - 7 pm

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Manchester, NH Metropolitan 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 5
State Senate District District 16
State Representative Merrimack County District 23

Incorporated: 1765
Origin: Dunbarton was first granted in 1735 as Gorham's-town to soldiers returning from the Canada Expedition who had served under Captain John Gorham. It was regranted in 1748 as Starkstown to settlers led by Archibald Stark, whose son was General John Stark, patriot of Bunker Hill and the Battle of Bennington, and whose grandson Caleb was a famous industrialist who established textile mills in Manchester. In 1752, the Masonian Proprietors confirmed the grant under a new charter as Dunbarton, named for Dumbartonshire in Scotland, site of Dunbar Castle and native county of Archibald Stark. The town was incorporated in 1765.
Villages and Place Names: Baileys Corner, Dunbarton Center, Pages Corner
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 917 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Dunbarton totaled 2,054 over 49 years, from 825 in 1970 to 2,879 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 49 percent increase between 1980 and 1990, which followed a 42 percent increase in the previous decade. The 2019 Census estimate for Dunbarton was 2,879 residents, which ranked 112th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 93.4 persons per square mile of land area. Dunbarton contains 30.8 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2019 $2,546,939
Budget: School Appropriations, 2019-2020 $7,442,802
Zoning Ordinance 1970/17
Master Plan 2005
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Cemetery; Ethics; Trust Fund; Assessors
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation
Public Library Dunbarton Public

Emergency Services
Police Department 5 Full & 4 part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 10 miles 245

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Dunbarton Telephone
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Limited
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) $27.21
2019 Equalization Ratio 75.2
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.15
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings91.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other6.7%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,001
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 975
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 22
Five or More Units in Structure 4
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 2,879 151,391
2010 2,758 146,445
2000 2,250 136,716
1990 1,748 120,618
1980 1,174 98,302
1970 825 80,925
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   1,428 Female:   1,399
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 123
Age 5 to 19 663
Age 20 to 34 351
Age 35 to 54 902
Age 55 to 64 457
Age 65 and over 331
Median Age 42.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 38.2%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $48,093
Median family income $130,221
Median household income $121,500
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $74,313
Female $70,966
Individuals below the poverty level 1.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 1,636 1,772
Employed 1,553 1,739
Unemployed 83 33
Unemployment Rate 5.1% 1.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 38 141
Average Weekly Wage $953 $1,513
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 64 158
Average Weekly Wage $698 $900
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 102 299
Average Weekly Wage $793 $1,189
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 64 83
Average Weekly Wage $585 $686
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 166 382
Average Weekly Wage $713 $1,080

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Dunbarton operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Goffstown SAU 19
Career Technology Center(s): Concord Regional Technical Center; Manchester School of Technology Region: 11; 15
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6
Total Enrollment 242
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 90
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Southern NH University; St. Anselm; UNH-Manchester

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Pages Corner Store Convenience Store 10 2006
Dunbarton Telephone Telephone services 6 1952
Capital Well Well drilling company 6 1998
Industrial Communications Tower repair and service 1
Pioneer Sportsman Club Shooting area 4 1970
Nichols Garage Repair shop 4 2002
Mansion Stables Horses 4 2000
Cater Stables Horses 4
Belanger Land Surveying PLLC Land surveying services 4
Dunbartan Family Dental Care Dental care 7 2010

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 13
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 2
Distance 8 miles
Railroad No
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 19 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 13 miles
Portland, ME 116 miles
Boston, MA 66 miles
New York City, NY 260 miles
Montreal, Quebec 244 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 87.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.5%
Other Means 4.2%
Worked at home 9.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 10.2%
Commuting to another NH community 80.1%
Commuting out-of-state 9.7%
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)
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
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak
Other: Forest w/ Walking Trails

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 6/13/19

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