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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, Friday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, 1 pm - 5 pm, Wednesday 6 pm - 7 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, 9 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, 1 pm - 5 pm, Wednesday, 4 pm - 8 pm; Tax Collector: Monday, 9 am - 12 noon, Tuesday, Thursday, 1 pm - 4 pm, Wednesday, 6 pm - 8 pm

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 11, 14

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 1,009 over 49 years, from 1,362 in 1970 to 2,371 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 32 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2019 Census estimate for Fitzwilliam was 2,371 residents, which ranked 129th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 68.5 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, 2020 $2,591,538
Budget: School Appropriations, 2019-2020 $4,693,212
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 Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 15 miles 98

Utilities
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 Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessLimited
ResidentialLimited

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.49
2019 Equalization Ratio 95.6
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.82
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings78.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other16.5%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,226
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,074
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 62
Five or More Units in Structure 34
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 56
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 2,371 76,085
2010 2,396 77,117
2000 2,148 73,993
1990 2,014 70,223
1980 1,795 62,116
1970 1,362 52,364
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   1,235 Female:   1,077
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 172
Age 5 to 19 258
Age 20 to 34 368
Age 35 to 54 517
Age 55 to 64 499
Age 65 and over 498
Median Age 50.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 90.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 28.7%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $37,606
Median family income $84,688
Median household income $61,316
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $54,250
Female $40,000
Individuals below the poverty level 4.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 1,418 1,335
Employed 1,332 1,302
Unemployed 86 33
Unemployment Rate 6.1% 2.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 126 83
Average Weekly Wage $1,353 $1,733
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 144 136
Average Weekly Wage $772 $928
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 270 219
Average Weekly Wage $1,044 $1,233
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 82 66
Average Weekly Wage $603 $742
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 352 285
Average Weekly Wage $942 $1,119

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 Region: 13
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-6
Total Enrollment 180
2020 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 University; 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 Design and develop ultra-precision motion systems & metrology solutions
Fitzwilliam Inn Inn, restaurant

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 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.2%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.4%
Other Means 5.1%
Worked at home 19.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 36.5 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 11.0%
Commuting to another NH community 69.2%
Commuting out-of-state 19.8%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
Museums
Cinemas
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
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: Rhododendron State Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 8/6/20

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