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Ossipee, NH

ossipee New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Ossipee
Matt Sawyer, Town Administrator
55 Main Street, PO Box 67
Center Ossipee, NH 03814
Telephone (603) 539-4181
Fax (603) 539-4181
E-mail msawyer@ossipee.org
Web Site www.ossipee.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Hall, Selectmen, Town Clerk, and Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8-4:30

County Carroll
Labor Market Area Wolfeboro, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Mount Washington Valley Economic Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 3
State Representative Carroll County Districts 5, 7

Incorporated: 1785
Origin: Known as Wigwam Village, and then New Garden, this town bears the name of the Ossipee, an Algonquin tribe. It was once the site of a stockade fort, designed to protect the tribe from attacks by the Mohawk from the west. Early in 1725, the stockade was destroyed, and then rebuilt by Captain John Lovewell of Dunstable. Later that year, Captain Lovewell led a small band of men to attack the natives at Pequawket (now Fryeburg, Maine). Captain Lovewell did not survive the fight, but the battle was memorialized in The Ballad of Lovewell's Fight, and was the subject of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's first published poem, written at the age of 13.
Villages and Place Names: Center Ossipee, Chickville, Dorrs Corner, Granite, Long Sands, Moultonville, Ossipee Lake Shores, Ossipee Valley, Pollys Crossing, Roland Park, Water Village, West Ossipee
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 339 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Ossipee totaled 2,691 over 50 years, from 1,647 in 1970 to 4,338 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Ossipee was 4,568 residents, which ranked 86th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 64.4 persons per square mile of land area. Ossipee contains 70.9 square miles of land area and 4.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2023 $8,250,000
Budget: School Appropriations, 2023-2024 $12,232,309
Zoning Ordinance 1988/19
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Cemetery
Public Library Ossipee Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Municipal & volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 15 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Ossipee Water Department, Carroll County Complex
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Spectrum; Consolidated
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) $18.38
2022 Equalization Ratio 59.5
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $10.87
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings82.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings15.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.8%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,885
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,200
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 129
Five or More Units in Structure 59
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 497
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 4,568 52,199
2020 4,372 50,107
2010 4,345 47,818
2000 4,232 43,918
1990 3,319 35,526
1980 2,465 27,929
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   2,423 Female:   1,926
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 273
Age 5 to 19 451
Age 20 to 34 508
Age 35 to 54 1,012
Age 55 to 64 989
Age 65 and over 1,116
Median Age 54.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 3,371
High school graduate or higher 92.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 19.4%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $42,038
Median family income $69,153
Median household income $61,099
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $54,188
Female $29,038
Individuals below the poverty level 7.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 1,885 1,756
Employed 1,745 1,697
Unemployed 140 59
Unemployment Rate 7.4% 3.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 179 196
Average Weekly Wage $999 $1,187
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 979 999
Average Weekly Wage $515 $721
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,158 1,195
Average Weekly Wage $590 $797
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 529 467
Average Weekly Wage $683 $945
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,687 1,661
Average Weekly Wage $619 $839

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 1
Grade Levels P K 1-6 9-12
Total Enrollment 287 83
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 46
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Carroll County Government Government services 100 1840
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 1982
McDonalds Fast food restaurant 45 1995
Ossipee Aggregates Corporation Sand, gravel 1960
Ossipee Central School Elementary School 40 1900
Valueland IGA Supermarket 21 1968
Ocean State Job Lot Low-cost merchandise 50 2005
Carroll County Courthouse Court of law 2004
Town of Ossipee Municipal Services 55 1785
Hobbs Brewery and Tavern Tavern 40 2012

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 16, 25, 28, 171
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 23 - 24
Distance 38 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Moultonborough AirportRunway3,475 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 51 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 8
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 72 miles
Portland, ME 54 miles
Boston, MA 109 miles
New York City, NY 320 miles
Montreal, Quebec 249 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 1,959
Drove alone, car/truck/van 85.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.5%
Public transportation 0.6%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 3.3%
Worked at home 6.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 31.9%
Commuting to another NH community 63.7%
Commuting out-of-state 4.4%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): King Pine
Other: Old Home Week

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 7/31/23

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