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Harrisville, NH

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

Municipal Office Hours Administrative Assistant: Monday to Thursday, 9-3, Friday, 9-12; Town Clerk: Tuesday, 2-6, Wednesday, 10-2, Thursday, 8-12, last Saturday each month, 9-11; Tax Collector: Tuesday, 11-1, Thursday, 9-12, 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 8, 16

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 402 over 50 years, from 584 in 1970 to 986 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Harrisville was 1,000 residents, which ranked 188th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 53.4 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, 2023 $1,595,378
Budget: School Appropriations, 2023-2024 $2,454,624
Zoning Ordinance 1959/21
Master Plan 2014
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Historic District
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 94

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; Harrisville Community Power
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 ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications; fidium
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Yes
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) $18.60
2022 Equalization Ratio 58.7
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $10.91
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.1%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 693
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 647
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 5
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 41
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 1,000 77,350
2020 984 76,458
2010 961 77,117
2000 1,073 73,993
1990 977 70,223
1980 860 62,116
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   476 Female:   541
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 50
Age 5 to 19 124
Age 20 to 34 116
Age 35 to 54 201
Age 55 to 64 260
Age 65 and over 266
Median Age 56.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 813
High school graduate or higher 96.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 49.2%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $52,590
Median family income $89,318
Median household income $85,956
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $69,464
Female $43,438
Individuals below the poverty level 3.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 631 574
Employed 604 562
Unemployed 27 12
Unemployment Rate 4.3% 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n 46
Average Weekly Wage n $906
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n 89
Average Weekly Wage n $540
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 102 135
Average Weekly Wage $567 $665
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 19 20
Average Weekly Wage $552 $603
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 120 155
Average Weekly Wage $564 $657

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
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6 9-12
Total Enrollment 55
2022 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; Antioch New England; New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Harrisville Designs, Inc. Textile mill products 30 1971
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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 476
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.1%
Public transportation 1.7%
Walked 0.8%
Other Means 1.3%
Worked at home 11.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 28.2%
Commuting to another NH community 62.6%
Commuting out-of-state 9.2%
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
Tourist 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
Other: Lakes; Hiking Trails

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 7/26/23

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