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Mason, NH

mason New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Mason Board of Selectmen
Louise Lavoie, Chair
16 Darling Hill Road
Mason, NH 03048
Telephone (603) 878-2070
Fax (603) 878-4892
E-mail selectmen@masonnh.us
Web Site www.masonnh.us

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Thursday, 9 am - 3 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Tuesday, 10 am - 4 pm, 6 pm - 7:30 pm, Wednesday, 10 am - 6 pm, Thursday, 10 am - 4 pm, last Saturday, 10 am - 12 noon

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Nashua Regional
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District District 12
State Representative Hillsborough County District 26

Incorporated: 1768
Origin: This territory was first known as Number 1, the first in a line of border towns including area allotted to this state by Massachusetts upon establishment of New Hampshire as a separate province in 1741. The initial charter was granted in 1749 to William Lawrence and others. In 1768, Governor John Wentworth named it in honor of Captain John Mason, even though residents had voted to name their town Sharon a couple of months earlier. Captain Mason was the holder of patent with title to the land that became New Hampshire. Mason was the boyhood home of Uncle Sam, Samuel Wilson.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 922 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Mason totaled 1,086 over 58 years, from 349 in 1960 to 1,435 in 2018. The largest decennial percent change was a 73 percent increase between 1980 and 1990; this was followed by 48 and 53 percent increases, respectively in the previous two decades. The 2018 Census estimate for Mason was 1,435 residents, which tied with Temple, ranking 166th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 59.9 persons per square mile of land area. Mason contains 24.0 square miles of land area and 0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2019 $1,854,883
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $3,204,717
Zoning Ordinance 1967/16
Master Plan 2008
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Treasurer; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Checklist
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Recreation; Conservation; Financial Advisory; Forestry
Public Library Mason Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 15 miles 25
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 20 miles 135
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 21 miles 162

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 ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated; Wilton
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) $25.15
2018 Equalization Ratio 88.2
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.13
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.1%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 622
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 608
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 0
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 14
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 1,435 415,247
2010 1,382 400,721
2000 1,155 382,384
1990 1,369 336,549
1980 792 276,608
1970 518 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   744 Female:   796
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 121
Age 5 to 19 216
Age 20 to 34 247
Age 35 to 54 399
Age 55 to 64 327
Age 65 and over 230
Median Age 45.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 38.4%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $42,926
Median family income $116,797
Median household income $106,833
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $68,929
Female $52,250
Individuals below the poverty level 4.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 831 786
Employed 799 765
Unemployed 32 21
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $18 $30
Average Weekly Wage $734 $828
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $89 $120
Average Weekly Wage $274 $447
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $107 $150
Average Weekly Wage $353 $523
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $23 $44
Average Weekly Wage $560 $582
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $130 $194
Average Weekly Wage $390 $536

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Mason operates grades K-5; grade 6-12 are tuitioned to Milford or Mascenic Regional (Greenville, Mason, New Ipswich) SAU 89
Career Technology Center(s): Milford HS & Applied Technology Center; Wilbur H. Palmer Career & Tech Ed Center (Hudson); Nashua Technology Center Region: 16
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5
Total Enrollment 74
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Daniel Webster; Franklin Pierce University; Rivier; Keene State

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Parkers Maple Barn Restaurant & Gift Shops Food, gifts
Pickity Place Food, gifts, herb plants
The Driving Range Golf, food
Barrett Hill Farm Farmstand, PYO fruit

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 31, 123, 124
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exit 6; I-495 (MA), Exit 31
Distance 18 miles; 22 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Jaffrey - Silver RanchRunway2,982 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 32 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 33 miles
Portland, ME 127 miles
Boston, MA 57 miles
New York City, NY 220 miles
Montreal, Quebec 274 miles

(ACS 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 86.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.0%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 6.2%
Worked at home 5.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 43.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 11.6%
Commuting to another NH community 48.8%
Commuting out-of-state 39.6%
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
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak
Other: Driving Range; Samuel Uncle Sam Wilson's Boyhood Home

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2020. Community Response Received 6/17/19

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