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Sharon, NH

sharon New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Sharon
Debra Harling, Town Administrator
432 Route 123
Sharon, NH 03458
Telephone (603) 924-9250
Fax (603) 924-3103
E-mail sharon03458@gmail.com
Web Site http://sharonnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Clerk: Tuesday, 5 pm - 7 pm, or by appointment

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Peterborough, NH LMA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 9
State Representative Hillsborough County District 33

Incorporated: 1791
Origin: This territory was first settled in 1738 as part of Peterborough, known as Peterborough Slip or Sliptown, a name it retained when the eastern portion was incorporated as Temple. In 1777 residents petitioned for annexation to Peterborough, which was denied. In 1786, they petitioned for a separate township, and asked for a mile of land from the east end of Jaffrey and the south end of Peterborough. The request was granted, and it was incorporated as Sharon in 1791, after a Connecticut town from which many settlers had come. Sharon is home to the Sharon Arts Center, founded in 1947 to offer courses in arts and crafts, and provide a gallery for exhibitions by local artists.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 259 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Sharon totaled 172 over 41 years, from 184 in 1980 to 356 in 2021. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 59 percent between 1980 and 1990. The 2021 Census estimate for Sharon was 356 residents, which ranked 221st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 22.7 persons per square mile of land area. Sharon contains 15.7 square miles of land area and 0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $453,940
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $1,073,991
Zoning Ordinance 1959/19
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning
Public Library No Library

Emergency Services
Police Department Peterborough - Full-time
Fire Department Peterborough - Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Peterborough - Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 6 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
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 ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access No
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.35
2021 Equalization Ratio 89.1
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.90
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.9%

(ACS 2016-2020) Housing
Total Housing Units 207
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 205
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 0
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 2
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2021 356 424,079
2020 356 422,705
2010 352 400,721
2000 361 382,384
1990 293 336,549
1980 184 276,608
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2016-2020
Population by Gender
Male:   220 Female:   230
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 31
Age 5 to 19 60
Age 20 to 34 43
Age 35 to 54 111
Age 55 to 64 47
Age 65 and over 158
Median Age 50.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 98.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 53.0%

(ACS 2016-2020) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $46,043
Median family income $84,327
Median household income $84,330
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $88,125
Female $71,563
Individuals below the poverty level 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 214 217
Employed 207 210
Unemployed 7 7
Unemployment Rate 3.3% 3.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment n 18
Average Weekly Wage n $1,303
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 0 0
Average Weekly Wage $0 $0
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment n 18
Average Weekly Wage n $1,303

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 Contoocook Valley Cooperative (Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Peterborough, Sharon, Temple) SAU 1
Career Technology Center(s): Region 14 Applied Technology Center
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels
Total Enrollment
2021 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Franklin Pierce University; Keene State; Antioch New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Harborside Healthcare Nursing home management 13 1988

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 123, 124
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exits 7 - 8; I-293, Exit 4
Distance 26 miles; 33 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Jaffrey - Silver RanchRunway2,982 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 39 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 39 miles
Portland, ME 133 miles
Boston, MA 74 miles
New York City, NY 229 miles
Montreal, Quebec 262 miles

(ACS 2016-2020) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 75.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.5%
Public transportation 1.8%
Walked 1.2%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 13.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 41.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2016-2020)
Working in community of residence 66.1%
Commuting to another NH community 22.4%
Commuting out-of-state 11.5%
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
Tourist Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Crotched Mountain
Other: Hiking Trails; Sharon Arts Center

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 8/13/20

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