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New Durham, NH

newdurham New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of New Durham
Nicole Zoltko, Town Administrator
4 Main Street, PO Box 207
New Durham, NH 03855
Telephone (603) 859-2091
Fax (603) 859-6644
E-mail ndadmin@newdurhamnh.us
Web Site www.newdurhamnh.us

Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator: by appointment; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday to Thursday, 8-4, last Thursday of each month, 8-6:30; Transfer Station: Friday to Monday, 8-4:45, closed Tuesday to Thursday

County Strafford
Labor Market Area Dover-Durham, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Wentworth Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 6
State Representative Strafford County District 3, 18

Incorporated: 1762
Origin: Granted in 1749 as Cocheco, New Durham was first settled almost entirely by colonists from Durham, New Hampshire. Colonel Thomas Tash, who had fought in England's Seven Years War against France and was granted land in reward for his service, was appointed proprietor's clerk and called the first town meeting. The town was incorporated as New Durham in 1762. An early minister in the town, Reverend Benjamin Randall, founded a new religious denomination called the Free-Will Baptists, later known as Free Baptists.
Villages and Place Names: Copplecrown Village District
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 554 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for New Durham totaled 2,112 over 50 years, from 583 in 1970 to 2,695 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for New Durham was 2,757 residents, which ranked 116th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 66.6 persons per square mile of land area. New Durham contains 41.4 square miles of land area and 2.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $3,552,150
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $6,559,477
Zoning Ordinance 1971/20
Master Plan 2017
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Regional Planning Commission
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Planning; Zoning; Budget
Appointed:Conservation; Parks & Recreation; Ethics; Milfoil; 1772 Meetinghouse; CIP; Boodey House
Public Library New Durham Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 15 miles 27

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
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 ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications; TDS
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.92
2022 Equalization Ratio 71.8
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.83
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings96.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.1%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,570
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,466
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 18
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 86
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 2,757 132,275
2020 2,693 130,889
2010 2,638 123,143
2000 2,236 112,676
1990 1,948 104,348
1980 1,183 85,324
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   1,442 Female:   1,256
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 183
Age 5 to 19 414
Age 20 to 34 357
Age 35 to 54 889
Age 55 to 64 376
Age 65 and over 479
Median Age 45.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 2,012
High school graduate or higher 93.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 31.9%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $39,620
Median family income $111,607
Median household income $89,150
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $66,069
Female $59,438
Individuals below the poverty level 6.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 1,517 1,538
Employed 1,415 1,504
Unemployed 102 34
Unemployment Rate 6.7% 2.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n 20
Average Weekly Wage n $1,009
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n 178
Average Weekly Wage n $954
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 182 198
Average Weekly Wage $510 $960
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 108 97
Average Weekly Wage $555 $819
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 290 295
Average Weekly Wage $527 $913

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Governor Wentworth Regional (Brookfield, Effingham, Middleton, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro) SAU 49
Career Technology Center(s): Lakes Region Technology Center (Wolfeboro)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-6 9-12
Total Enrollment 159
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 39
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Town of New Durham Municipal services 48
New Durham School Education 19
State of New Hampshire Fish hatchery 12
Johnson's Dairy Bar Restaurant 2005

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 11
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 17; I-93, Exit 15
Distance 12 miles; 30 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Skyhaven, RochesterRunway4,200 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 46 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 46 miles
Portland, ME 63 miles
Boston, MA 88 miles
New York City, NY 298 miles
Montreal, Quebec 259 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 1,382
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.0%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.7%
Other Means 0.3%
Worked at home 7.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 38.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 12.0%
Commuting to another NH community 79.4%
Commuting out-of-state 8.6%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X 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
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
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): Gunstock
Other: Merrymeeting Lake; Hiking

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 7/7/25

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