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New Durham, NH

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

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, Tuesday, 9 am - 7 pm, last Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon; Solid Waste Facility: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 9 am - 5 pm

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 1
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 6
State Representative Strafford County District 3

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 2,201 over 57 years, from 474 in 1960 to 2,675 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a 103 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 65 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2017 Census estimate for New Durham was 2,675 residents, which ranked 114th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 64.6 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Whitefield. New Durham contains 41.3 square miles of land area and 2.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2017 $3,316,234
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $6,148,803
Zoning Ordinance 1971/15
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:Zoning; Conservation; Budget; 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 96

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 Fairpoint; 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
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.02
2017 Equalization Ratio 93.2
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.36
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings96.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.1%

(ACS 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,601
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,514
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 14
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 73
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 2,675 128,613
2010 2,638 123,143
2000 2,236 112,676
1990 1,948 104,348
1980 1,183 85,324
1970 583 70,431
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   1,309 Female:   1,358
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 158
Age 5 to 19 487
Age 20 to 34 388
Age 35 to 54 824
Age 55 to 64 429
Age 65 and over 381
Median Age 45.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 25.7%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $35,116
Median family income $95,179
Median household income $79,853
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $53,234
Female $42,976
Individuals below the poverty level 3.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 1,435 1,525
Employed 1,386 1,483
Unemployed 49 42
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 2.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $34 $21
Average Weekly Wage $542 $747
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $213 $138
Average Weekly Wage $620 $641
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $247 $159
Average Weekly Wage $609 $655
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $85 $100
Average Weekly Wage $610 $614
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $332 $259
Average Weekly Wage $609 $639

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) Region: 9
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 164
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 54
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 55
New Durham School Education 19
State of New Hampshire Fish hatchery 12
Johnson's Dairy Bar Restaurant 50+ 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 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 87.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.2%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 3.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 11.3%
Commuting to another NH community 81.1%
Commuting out-of-state 7.6%
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 Tourists 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: Merry Meeting Lake; Hiking

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security,December 2018. Community Response Received 6/12/17

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