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Holderness, NH

holderness New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Holderness
Michael Capone, Town Administrator
PO Box 203
Holderness, NH 03245-0203
Telephone (603) 968-3537
Fax (603) 968-9954
E-mail administrator@holderness-nh.gov
Web Site www.holderness-nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8:30-4

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Plymouth, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 2
State Representative Grafton County District 8

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: Holderness was named in 1751 for Robert Darcy, fourth Earl of Holderness, ambassador to Venice and minister at The Hague under King George III. He opposed the king's policy toward the colonies, and became a friend of Governor Wentworth in efforts to promote friendly trade relations abroad. In 1761, the land was regranted to a group of New England families and named New Holderness. Grantees included Samuel Livermore, who wanted to create a pretentious estate similar to that of the English countryside. In 1816, residents voted to change the name back to Holderness.
Villages and Place Names: Deephaven, East Holderness, Rockywold
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 329 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Holderness totaled 963 over 50 years, from 1,048 in 1970 to 2,011 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Holderness was 2,040 residents, which ranked 138th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 66.8 persons per square mile of land area. Holderness contains 30.5 square miles of land area and 5.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2023-2024 $4,970,066
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $4,975,504
Zoning Ordinance 1985/23
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Trust Funds; Library
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Budget; Recreation; Zoning
Public Library Holderness

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time Chief & on-call
Emergency Medical Service On-Call
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 10 miles 25

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier 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 Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station Share with Plymouth
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $11.22
2022 Equalization Ratio 73.7
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $8.24
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings87.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings10.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.2%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,455
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,133
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 59
Five or More Units in Structure 88
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 175
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 2,040 91,126
2020 2,004 91,118
2010 2,108 89,118
2000 1,939 81,826
1990 1,696 74,998
1980 1,586 65,806
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   874 Female:   1,208
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 20
Age 5 to 19 348
Age 20 to 34 391
Age 35 to 54 474
Age 55 to 64 309
Age 65 and over 540
Median Age 47.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 1,495
High school graduate or higher 94.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 45.8%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $42,531
Median family income $115,333
Median household income $78,750
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $54,063
Female $51,444
Individuals below the poverty level 8.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 1,374 1,438
Employed 1,322 1,414
Unemployed 52 24
Unemployment Rate 3.8% 1.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 92 43
Average Weekly Wage $932 $1,442
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 476 618
Average Weekly Wage $609 $773
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 568 660
Average Weekly Wage $661 $816
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 75 74
Average Weekly Wage $787 $972
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 642 735
Average Weekly Wage $676 $832

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Holderness operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are part of Pemi-Baker Cooperative (Ashland, Campton, Holderness, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Wentworth) SAU 48
Career Technology Center(s): Plymouth Applied Technology Center
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 152
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 121
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Holderness School Education 80 1879
Resource Management, Inc. Bioproducts/solids recycling 21
Holdernesss Central School Education 40
Science Center of New Hampshire Environmental education 12 1967
Squam Boats Marina 8

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 25, 113, 175, 175A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 25
Distance Local access
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
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 65 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 58 miles
Portland, ME 87 miles
Boston, MA 109 miles
New York City, NY 308 miles
Montreal, Quebec 216 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 1,114
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.2%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.4%
Other Means 4.3%
Worked at home 6.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 22.1%
Commuting to another NH community 75.9%
Commuting out-of-state 2.0%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
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): Waterville Valley
Other: Squam Lakes Science Center

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/5/23

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