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Marlow, NH

marlow New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Marlow
Jacqui Fay, Executive Administrator
167 NH Route 123, Town Office
Marlow, NH 03456-0184
Telephone (603) 446-2245 x1
Fax (603) 446-3806
E-mail marlowtownoffice@marlownh.gov
Web Site www.marlownh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, 7 pm; Town Office: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 am - 1 pm, 2 pm - 3:30 pm; Town Clerk: Wednesday, 4:30 pm - 7 pm, Thursday, 10 am - 12:30 pm; Tax Collector: Tuesday, 5 pm - 7 pm

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 8
State Representative Cheshire County District 2

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: This territory was first chartered in 1753 as Addison, after Joseph Addison, Secretary of State for England, who signed the appointment papers making John Wentworth Lieutenant Governor of New Hampshire under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts in 1717. As a result of the French and Indian War, few original grantees settled there under the terms of the charter. The town was regranted in 1761 as Marlow, and the charter renewed in 1772. In some references, the name was in honor of Christopher Marlowe, the famed author and playwright; others indicate it was taken from the English town of the same name. Marlow was one of the towns that joined Vermont during the boundary dispute, but returned to New Hampshire in 1781.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 313 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Marlow totaled 340 over 49 years, from 390 in 1970 to 730 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 39 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; the second largest was a 20 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2019 Census estimate for Marlow was 730 residents, which ranked 207th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 28.0 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Orford and Windsor. Marlow contains 26.0 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $799,180
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $1,633,320
Zoning Ordinance 1986/18
Master Plan 2003
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Cemetery; Budget; Checklist; Trust Funds; Road
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Agricultural; Parks & Recreation; Joint Loss Mngmnt.
Public Library Marlow Town

Emergency Services
Police Department Part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 17 miles 98

Electric Supplier Liberty Utilities; First Light; 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 Yes
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $31.92
2019 Equalization Ratio 87.5
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.73
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings92.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.5%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 445
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 407
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 3
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 35
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 730 76,085
2010 742 77,117
2000 750 73,993
1990 651 70,223
1980 542 62,116
1970 390 52,364
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   408 Female:   421
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 96
Age 5 to 19 129
Age 20 to 34 110
Age 35 to 54 204
Age 55 to 64 133
Age 65 and over 157
Median Age 43.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 25.1%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $30,193
Median family income $74,000
Median household income $65,893
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $58,667
Female $32,500
Individuals below the poverty level 10.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 459 362
Employed 433 353
Unemployed 26 9
Unemployment Rate 5.7% 2.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 47 50
Average Weekly Wage $659 $631
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 43 40
Average Weekly Wage $406 $500
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 90 90
Average Weekly Wage $539 $573

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Marlow 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 P K 1-6
Total Enrollment 43
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 9
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; New England; Antioch New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Audio Accessories, Inc. Audio cables, patch cords, & patch boards 30 1966
Aaron's Specialty Shop Seasonal ice cream & cafe 9 2018
Kroka Expeditions Wilderness expedition school 72 2008
Town of Marlow Municipal services 50 1761
John D Perkins Elementary School Education 12 1973

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 10, 123, 123A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 5
Distance 20 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
Lebanon Municipal Distance 49 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 58 miles
Portland, ME 150 miles
Boston, MA 108 miles
New York City, NY 237 miles
Montreal, Quebec 231 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 88.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 2.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.5%
Other Means 8.6%
Worked at home 12.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 40.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 14.0%
Commuting to another NH community 73.1%
Commuting out-of-state 12.9%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
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
X Museums
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Sunapee
Other: Rock Climbing

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 8/21/20

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