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Fitzwilliam, NH

fitzwilliam New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Fitzwilliam
Board of Selectmen
PO Box 725
Fitzwilliam, NH 03447
Telephone (603) 585-7770; 585-7723
Fax (603) 585-7744
E-mail fitzwilliamnh@fitzwilliam-nh.gov
Web Site http://fitzwilliam-nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday and Friday, 8:30-12:30, Tuesday and Thursday, 1-5, Wednesday, 6-7; Town Clerk: Monday, 8:30-12:30, Tuesday and Thursday, 1-5, Wednesday, 4-8; Tax Collector: Monday, 9-12, Tuesday and Thursday, 1-4, Wednesday, 6-8

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Peterborough, NH LMA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District District 9
State Representative Cheshire County Districts 12, 17

Incorporated: 1773
Origin: Fitzwilliam was originally settled as Monadnock Number 4, one in a line of eight towns settled by Scottish colonists. Governor Wentworth named the town to honor his cousin William, fourth Earl of Fitzwilliam. Early grantees in Fitzwilliam included General James Reed and Matthew Thornton, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Fitzwilliam had one of the earliest granite quarrying operations in New Hampshire. It is the location of Rhododendron State Park, which has the largest rhododendron grove in New England and was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1982.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,038 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Fitzwilliam totaled 1,002 over 50 years, from 1,362 in 1970 to 2,364 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Fitzwilliam was 2,437 residents, which ranked 128th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 70.4 persons per square mile of land area. Fitzwilliam contains 34.6 square miles of land area and 1.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2023 $3,120,999
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $5,838,711
Zoning Ordinance 1982/10
Master Plan 2011
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Budget
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation
Public Library Fitzwilliam Town

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Part time/Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 15 miles 94

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Fitzwilliam Village Water; private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
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
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $16.41
2022 Equalization Ratio 99.4
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $16.13
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings80.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings6.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other13.4%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,298
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,102
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 55
Five or More Units in Structure 22
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 119
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 2,437 77,350
2020 2,351 76,458
2010 2,396 77,117
2000 2,148 73,993
1990 2,014 70,223
1980 1,795 62,116
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   1,261 Female:   1,080
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 80
Age 5 to 19 215
Age 20 to 34 414
Age 35 to 54 573
Age 55 to 64 549
Age 65 and over 510
Median Age 49.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 1,960
High school graduate or higher 91.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 29.0%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $44,306
Median family income $86,573
Median household income $77,727
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $54,698
Female $49,891
Individuals below the poverty level 5.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 1,370 1,318
Employed 1,297 1,284
Unemployed 73 34
Unemployment Rate 5.3% 2.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 47 90
Average Weekly Wage $894 $2,572
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 129 138
Average Weekly Wage $708 $927
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 175 228
Average Weekly Wage $758 $1,577
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 71 78
Average Weekly Wage $690 $795
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 246 306
Average Weekly Wage $738 $1,378

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 Monadnock Regional (Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Richmond, Roxbury, Swanzey, Troy) SAU 93
Career Technology Center(s): Cheshire Career Center (Keene); Fall Mountain RHS - CTE
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-6 9-12
Total Enrollment 163
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 34
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Franklin Pierce-Lebanon; Keene State; Antioch New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
PLP Composite Technologies Fiberglass flag poles 20 1980
Damon Lumber Lumber sales 6
Holman Construction Construction
Abtech Ultra-precision motion systems & metrology solutions
Park Construction Comapny Construction services

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 12, 119
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 2
Distance 29 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Jaffrey - Silver RanchRunway2,982 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 47 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 54 miles
Portland, ME 156 miles
Boston, MA 85 miles
New York City, NY 216 miles
Montreal, Quebec 256 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 1,249
Drove alone, car/truck/van 90.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 2.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 0.2%
Worked at home 7.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 40.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 11.4%
Commuting to another NH community 61.8%
Commuting out-of-state 26.8%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
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 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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
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: Rhododendron State Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/13/23

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