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Gilford, NH

gilford New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Gilford
Scott Dunn, Town Administrator
47 Cherry Valley Road
Gilford, NH 03249
Telephone (603) 527-4700
Fax (603) 527-4711
E-mail selectmen@gilfordnh.org
Web Site www.gilfordnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 6 pm

County Belknap
Labor Market Area Laconia, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Belknap County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 7
State Representative Belknap County District 2

Incorporated: 1812
Origin: Once a part of Gilmanton called Gunstock Parish, this town was named for a key battle at the end of the revolution, the Battle of Guilford Court House, North Carolina. The American forces managed to deplete Cornwallis's army so they were forced to retreat, leading to the surrender at Yorktown. Sargent Lemuel B. Mason, who had fought in that battle, had retired to Gunstock Parish. As the town's oldest citizen when it was incorporated in 1812, Sargent Mason had the honor of selecting a name, and he chose Gilford. North Carolina's Guilford Court House has long since been renamed Martinsville.
Villages and Place Names: Ames, Dockham Shore, Glendale, Lake Shore Park, Belknap Point
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,816 residents in 1820
Population Trends: Population change for Gilford totaled 4,014 over 49 years, from 3,219 in 1970 to 7,233 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 50 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 24 percent increase over the next decade. The 2019 Census estimate for Gilford was 7,233 residents, which ranked 43rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 186.5 persons per square mile of land area. Gilford contains 38.8 square miles of land area and 14.7 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $15,294,727
Budget: School Appropriations, 2019-2020 $26,937,971
Zoning Ordinance 1962/20
Master Plan 2017
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Fire Engineers; School; Library; Budget; Cemetery; Checklist; Trust Funds
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Recreation; Historic
Public Library Gilford Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Lakes Region General, Laconia 4 miles 96

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Gilford Village District; Gunstock Acres Village District
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.86
2019 Equalization Ratio 95.7
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.14
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings88.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings10.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.6%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 5,178
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 4,220
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 88
Five or More Units in Structure 355
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 515
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 7,233 61,303
2010 7,126 60,088
2000 6,836 56,576
1990 6,016 49,294
1980 4,841 42,884
1970 3,219 32,367
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   3,449 Female:   3,704
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 304
Age 5 to 19 1,250
Age 20 to 34 1,072
Age 35 to 54 1,738
Age 55 to 64 1,135
Age 65 and over 1,654
Median Age 47.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 42.0%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $50,245
Median family income $110,650
Median household income $84,192
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $71,487
Female $39,442
Individuals below the poverty level 5.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 3,686 3,688
Employed 3,470 3,590
Unemployed 216 98
Unemployment Rate 5.9% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 294 315
Average Weekly Wage $868 $1,220
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 2,176 2,355
Average Weekly Wage $613 $769
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,471 2,670
Average Weekly Wage $643 $822
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 569 637
Average Weekly Wage $683 $742
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,040 3,307
Average Weekly Wage $651 $807

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Gilford operates grades K-12 SAU 73
Career Technology Center(s): J. Oliva Huot Technical Center (Laconia); Winnisquam Agricultural Programs Region: 8
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-4 5-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 343 311 475
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 5 Total Capacity: 194
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Gunstock Recreation Area Ski, recreation area 550
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 200 1991
Wal-Mart Retail store 200 1998
Gilford School District Education 260
Town of Gilford Municipal services 101 1812
Orthopedic Professional Association Medical services 50 1999
WLNH/WLKZ/WEMJ Radio stations 33
Shaws Supermarket Supermarket 113 2001
Bank of New Hampshire Banking services 115 2002

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 11, 11A, 11B, 11C
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 20
Distance 12 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation WTS
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Laconia MunicipalRunway5,286 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 54 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 48 miles
Portland, ME 81 miles
Boston, MA 99 miles
New York City, NY 298 miles
Montreal, Quebec 239 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 90.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.4%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.5%
Other Means 4.2%
Worked at home 2.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 18.5%
Commuting to another NH community 78.6%
Commuting out-of-state 2.9%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X 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): Gunstock
Other: Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center; Ellacoya State Beach; Outdoor skating rink

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 8/5/20

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