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Freedom, NH


freedom New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Freedom
Board of Selectmen
33 Old Portland Road, PO Box 227
Freedom, NH 03836
Telephone (603) 539-6323
Fax (603) 539-8270
E-mail office@townoffreedom.net
Web Site www.townoffreedom.net

Municipal Office Hours Administrative Assistant: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 3 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, 6:30 pm - 8 pm, Tuesday, 12 noon - 8 pm, Wednesday, 9 am - 3 pm, 6:30 pm - 8 pm, Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon; Tax Collector: Monday, 11 am - 1 pm, Wednesday, 1 pm - 3 pm, Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon

County Carroll
Labor Market Area Conway, NH-ME LMA, NH part
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Mount Washington Valley Economic Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 3
State Representative Carroll County Districts 3, 7

Incorporated: 1831
Origin: Effingham, chartered in 1749, had a substantial amount of fertile farm and mill stream land. This land was attractive to settlers from Maine, and many came across the border to settle in Effingham. There was a conflict of culture and religion between the liberal new colonists and conservative people from the seacoast who already lived in Effingham. As a result, a section of that town known as North Effingham was separated into a town of its own. Incorporated as North Effingham in 1831, the town's name was appropriately changed to Freedom in 1832.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 926 residents in 1840
Population Trends: Population change for Freedom totaled 1,196 over 49 years, from 387 in 1970 to 1,583 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was an 86 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2019 Census estimate for Freedom was 1,583 residents, which tied with Francestown, ranking 158th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 45.9 persons per square mile of land area. Freedom contains 34.5 square miles of land area and 3.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2017 $3,000,729
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $4,218,760
Zoning Ordinance 1987/17
Master Plan 2009
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By State
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; School
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Heritage; Forest Advisory; Freedom Aquatic Invasive Species
Public Library Freedom Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 23 miles 25

Utilities
Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells & Freedom Water Precinct
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 Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.56
2019 Equalization Ratio 82.0
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $11.10
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings96.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.0%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,910
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,464
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 22
Five or More Units in Structure 46
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 378
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 1,583 48,910
2010 1,489 47,818
2000 1,312 43,918
1990 938 35,526
1980 720 27,929
1970 387 18,548
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   662 Female:   687
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 5
Age 5 to 19 179
Age 20 to 34 68
Age 35 to 54 289
Age 55 to 64 284
Age 65 and over 524
Median Age 61.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 38.1%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $37,008
Median family income $82,708
Median household income $70,096
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $64,792
Female $43,750
Individuals below the poverty level 6.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 751 755
Employed 710 738
Unemployed 41 17
Unemployment Rate 5.5% 2.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n 28
Average Weekly Wage n $1,206
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n 181
Average Weekly Wage n $585
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 165 209
Average Weekly Wage $629 $667
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 61 60
Average Weekly Wage $579 $713
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 226 269
Average Weekly Wage $615 $677

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


(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Freedom operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Conway SAU 13
Career Technology Center(s): Mt. Washington Valley CTC (Conway) Region: 6
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 67
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Conway

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
International Paper Company Mill yard 1976
Danforth Bay Campground Campground 2003
Totem Pole Park Campground 1988
Camp Calumet Children's camp 1966
Camp Cody Children's camp 1940
Camp Huckins YMCA camp 1930
Bobby Sue's Ice cream shop 1997
Federal Piping Plumbing & heating 1994
G.W. Brooks & Son General contractor 1963

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality


(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 25, 153
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 23
Distance 42 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
Portland (ME) International Distance 44 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 6
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 80 miles
Portland, ME 48 miles
Boston, MA 117 miles
New York City, NY 328 miles
Montreal, Quebec 235 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 74.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.5%
Public transportation 0.6%
Walked 1.3%
Other Means 16.9%
Worked at home 6.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31.6 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 35.1%
Commuting to another NH community 58.8%
Commuting out-of-state 6.1%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X 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
X Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): King Pine
   
Other: Old Home Week

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 6/9/17

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