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Harrisville, NH

harrisville New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Harrisville
Board of Selectmen
705 Chesham Road
Harrisville, NH 03450
Telephone (603) 827-3431 x1 or 827-5546
Fax (603) 827-2917
E-mail Selectmen@harrisvillenh.org
Web Site www.harrisvillenh.org

Municipal Office Hours Administrative Assistant: Monday through Thursday, 9 am - 3 pm, Friday, 9 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk: Tuesday, 2 pm - 7 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 1 pm; Tax Collector: Tuesday, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Thursday, 9 am - 11 am, or by appointment

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 10
State Representative Cheshire County Districts 9, 14

Incorporated: 1870
Origin: First settled in 1760, the town was formed from parts of Hancock, Dublin, Roxbury, Nelson, and Marlborough. The town was first known as Twitchellville, after Abel Twitchell. His daughter Deborah married Bethuel Harris, who with his sons built and operated Harris Mills, one of the first woolen mills in New England. After the business was sold, the name was changed to Cheshire Mills. The town was incorporated in 1871 as Harrisville, at the suggestion of Milan Harris, one of Bethuel's sons and a member of the state senate from 1863-1865. The Harrisville Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Villages and Place Names: Chesham, Eastview Station
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 870 residents in 1880
Population Trends: Population change for Harrisville totaled 494 over 58 years, from 459 in 1960 to 953 in 2018. The largest decennial percent change was a 47 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; the second highest a 27 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. The 2018 Census estimate for Harrisville was 953 residents, which ranked 188th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 50.9 persons per square mile of land area. Harrisville contains 18.7 square miles of land area and 1.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $2,160,050
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $2,349,892
Zoning Ordinance 1959/14
Master Plan 2000
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning
Public Library Harrrisville Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 11 miles 25
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 14 miles 98

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access No
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2018 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.15
2018 Equalization Ratio 97.8
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.75
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.5%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 758
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 674
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 31
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 53
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 953 76,493
2010 961 77,117
2000 1,073 73,993
1990 977 70,223
1980 860 62,116
1970 584 52,364
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   473 Female:   448
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 12
Age 5 to 19 90
Age 20 to 34 56
Age 35 to 54 233
Age 55 to 64 230
Age 65 and over 300
Median Age 58.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 48.7%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $50,484
Median family income $80,625
Median household income $72,833
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $63,167
Female $44,271
Individuals below the poverty level 5.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 651 599
Employed 633 590
Unemployed 18 9
Unemployment Rate 2.8% 1.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n $41
Average Weekly Wage n $622
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n $83
Average Weekly Wage n $481
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $96 $124
Average Weekly Wage $526 $527
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $23 $17
Average Weekly Wage $317 $840
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $119 $141
Average Weekly Wage $485 $565

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Harrisville operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Keene SAU 29
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 K 1-6
Total Enrollment 60
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 46
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Harrisville Designs, Inc. Textile mill products 30 1971
Royal Mail Irish Imports
Pear Tree Studio's Art classes
Homeland Landscaping Landscaping & proprty maintenance
Shaker Style Furnishings
Harrisville General Store Convenience store
SRH Farms Farming & catering
Aldworth Manor Weddings and events venue
Cobb Hill Estate Weddings & events venue

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 137
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 3
Distance 25 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dillant-Hopkins, SwanzeyRunway6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 50 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 49 miles
Portland, ME 143 miles
Boston, MA 84 miles
New York City, NY 232 miles
Montreal, Quebec 254 miles

(ACS 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 71.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.4%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.9%
Other Means 19.5%
Worked at home 17.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 31.8%
Commuting to another NH community 61.6%
Commuting out-of-state 6.6%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
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
Tourists Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
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
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2020. Community Response Received 6/9/17

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