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Northfield, NH

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

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Thursday, Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm, Tuesday, 8:30 am - 7 pm, Wednesday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

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 2
Executive Council District 2
State Senate District 7
State Representative Merrimack County Districts 3, 26

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 3,075 over 57 years, from 1,784 in 1960 to 4,859 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a 40 percent increase between 1980 and 1990, this followed a 39 percent increase over the previous decade. The 2017 Census estimate for Northfield was 4,859 residents, which ranked 74th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 170.0 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Pittsfield. Northfield contains 28.5 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $3,322,378
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $8,364,540
Zoning Ordinance 1973/10
Master Plan 2014
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Library; Conservation; Recycling
Public Library Hall Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Franklin Regional, 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 ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.98
2017 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.67
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings84.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings12.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.6%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,931
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,247
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 125
Five or More Units in Structure 272
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 247
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 4,859 149,216
2010 4,829 146,445
2000 4,569 136,716
1990 4,277 120,618
1980 3,051 98,302
1970 2,193 80,925
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   2,438 Female:   2,382
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 353
Age 5 to 19 843
Age 20 to 34 937
Age 35 to 54 1,282
Age 55 to 64 903
Age 65 and over 502
Median Age 41.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 90.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 18.9%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $29,084
Median family income $79,500
Median household income $66,449
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $52,992
Female $42,250
Individuals below the poverty level 4.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 2,976 2,453
Employed 2,872 2,384
Unemployed 104 69
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 2.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $461 $618
Average Weekly Wage $848 $1,062
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $407 $452
Average Weekly Wage $517 $722
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $868 $1,070
Average Weekly Wage $693 $919
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $130 $108
Average Weekly Wage $614 $877
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $998 $1,178
Average Weekly Wage $682 $915

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 Region: 8
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 K 1-12
Total Enrollment 440 73
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 250
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord; Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; 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 100 2002
Blouin Steel Manufacturing 10 1998
Pike Industries Asphalt 10 1998
Spaulding Youth Center Youth programs 160 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 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 88.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.8%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.1%
Other Means 3.1%
Worked at home 3.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 13.7%
Commuting to another NH community 83.4%
Commuting out-of-state 2.9%
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
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 Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
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

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2019. Community Response Received 6/2/17

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