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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 through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm

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 2
Executive Council District 1
State Senate 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 1,344 over 57 years, from 749 in 1960 to 2,093 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a 51 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, which followed a 40 percent increase the previous decade. The 2017 Census estimate for Holderness was 2,093 residents, which ranked 137th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 68.6 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, 2018-2019 $3,149,889
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $405,842
Zoning Ordinance 1985/15
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 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 Fairpoint
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
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.18
2017 Equalization Ratio 91.6
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.94
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings89.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings8.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.0%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,494
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,224
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 93
Five or More Units in Structure 51
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 126
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 2,093 89,386
2010 2,108 89,118
2000 1,939 81,826
1990 1,696 74,998
1980 1,586 65,806
1970 1,048 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   1,112 Female:   1,184
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 135
Age 5 to 19 412
Age 20 to 34 344
Age 35 to 54 587
Age 55 to 64 411
Age 65 and over 407
Median Age 44.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 36.3%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $31,336
Median family income $73,065
Median household income $67,143
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $39,514
Female $36,833
Individuals below the poverty level 10.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 1,185 1,461
Employed 1,150 1,436
Unemployed 35 25
Unemployment Rate 3.0% 1.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $106 $49
Average Weekly Wage $938 $1,072
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $432 $554
Average Weekly Wage $535 $646
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $537 $604
Average Weekly Wage $614 $681
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $82 $70
Average Weekly Wage $675 $847
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $619 $673
Average Weekly Wage $622 $698

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 Region: 5
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 162
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 84
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University

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 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 70.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 12.9%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 6.6%
Other Means 3.8%
Worked at home 6.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 25.8%
Commuting to another NH community 73.3%
Commuting out-of-state 0.9%
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 Tourists 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, August 2019. Community Response Received 6/4/18

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