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Northfield, NH

northfield New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Northfield
Kenneth Robichaud, Town Administrator
21 Summer Street
Northfield, NH 03276
Telephone (603) 286-7039
Fax (603) 286-3328
E-mail townadmin@northfieldnh.gov
Web Site www.northfieldnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen, Town Administrator: Monday to Friday, 8:30-5; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, Thursday, Friday, 8:30-5, Tuesday, 8:30-7, Wednesday, 8:30-12:30

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Franklin, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 17
State Representative Merrimack County Districts 2, 25

Incorporated: 1780
Origin: Like many other towns, Northfield began with a group of residents who felt they lived too far from the center of town, in this case Canterbury, making it inconvenient to attend public affairs. Petitioners were granted a separate township in 1780. The Northfield library was called the Northfield Improving Society for the Promotion of Useful Knowledge, the same title used by Benjamin Franklin in 1743 for the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. The library began with a supply of 24 books, charging an annual membership fee of $5, and continued under that name until 1842.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 606 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Northfield totaled 2,717 over 50 years, from 2,193 in 1970 to 4,910 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Northfield was 4,978 residents, which ranked 74th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 174.1 persons per square mile of land area. Northfield contains 28.6 square miles of land area and 0.3 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2021 $3,635,514
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $9,465,355
Zoning Ordinance 1973/20
Master Plan 2014
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Trust Funds; Library
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Budget; Capital Improvement
Public Library Hall Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital - Franklin 3 miles 31

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Tilton-Northfield Aqueduct Company
Sanitation Northfield Sewer District
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.55
2022 Equalization Ratio 98.5
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.82
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings86.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings10.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.7%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,034
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,401
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 91
Five or More Units in Structure 330
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 212
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 4,978 156,020
2020 4,872 153,808
2010 4,829 146,445
2000 4,569 136,716
1990 4,277 120,618
1980 3,051 98,302
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   2,324 Female:   2,571
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 259
Age 5 to 19 912
Age 20 to 34 875
Age 35 to 54 1,304
Age 55 to 64 842
Age 65 and over 703
Median Age 40.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 3,402
High school graduate or higher 89.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 21.6%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $34,609
Median family income $79,018
Median household income $64,938
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $54,482
Female $47,044
Individuals below the poverty level 7.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 2,562 2,520
Employed 2,420 2,458
Unemployed 142 62
Unemployment Rate 5.5% 2.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 576 699
Average Weekly Wage $1,015 $1,243
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 447 661
Average Weekly Wage $691 $970
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,023 1,360
Average Weekly Wage $873 $1,110
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 114 96
Average Weekly Wage $697 $870
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,137 1,457
Average Weekly Wage $856 $1,094

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 Winnisquam Regional (Northfield, Sanbornton, Tilton) SAU 59
Career Technology Center(s): J. Oliva Huot Technical Center (Laconia); Winnisquam Agricultural Programs
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-4 9-12
Total Enrollment 287 75
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 180
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord; Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State; UNH School of Law; Plymouth State; Colby-Sawyer

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Wyman Gordon Investment castings 200 1951
Freudenberg-NOK Manufacturing 200 1997
Tobin Tool Manufacturing 100 1997
Eptam Plastics Manufacturing 260 2002
Blouin Steel Manufacturing 10 1998
Pike Industries Asphalt 10 1998
Spaulding Youth Center Youth programs 260 1958

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 132, 140
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 19
Distance Local access
Railroad State owned line
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Laconia MunicipalRunway5,286 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 40 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 35 miles
Portland, ME 127 miles
Boston, MA 85 miles
New York City, NY 284 miles
Montreal, Quebec 236 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 2,895
Drove alone, car/truck/van 87.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.3%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.3%
Other Means 1.7%
Worked at home 3.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 24.0 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 13.0%
Commuting to another NH community 85.0%
Commuting out-of-state 2.0%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X 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
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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Ragged, Gunstock Mountains
Other: Pines Community Center; Highland Mountain Bike Park; Winnipesaukee River Trail; Arch Trail Travelers

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/5/23

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