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Surry, NH

surry New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Surry
Board of Selectmen
1 Village Road, Town Hall
Surry, NH 03431
Telephone (603) 352-3075
Fax (603) 357-4890
E-mail selectmen@surry.nh.gov
Web Site Surry.nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, 7 pm - 9 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, 3 pm - 6 pm, Thursday, 5 pm - 7 pm; Tax Collector: First, third Thursday, 5 pm - 7 pm

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene, NH Micropolitan NECTA
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 10
State Representative Cheshire County Districts 5, 15

Incorporated: 1769
Origin: This town was chartered in 1769 from portions of Gilsum and Westmoreland. The portion of Westmoreland added to Surry was known as Westmoreland Leg. Surry was named for Charles Howard, Earl of Surrey, Duke of Norfolk, and hereditary Earl Marshal of England. The county of Surrey in England was known for manufacture of pleasure carriages called surreys, introduced to America in 1872. Surry was one of the towns in the western part of the state that attempted to join the State of Vermont in 1781. Surry is an excellent geological area, containing quantities of quartz bearing veins of gold, silver, copper, and lead.
Villages and Place Names: Shaws Corner
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 448 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Surry totaled 191 over 41 years, from 656 in 1980 to 847 in 2021. The largest decennial percent change was a 12 percent increase between 2010 and 2020. The 2021 Census estimate for Surry was 847 residents, which ranked 194th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 54.0 persons per square mile of land area. Surry contains 15.7 square miles of land area and 0.3 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2022 $703,006
Budget: School Appropriations, 2022-2023 $2,606,304
Zoning Ordinance 1951/19
Master Plan 1983
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Trust Funds; Cemetery Trustees; Budget
Appointed:Conservation; Library; Zoning
Public Library Reed Free

Emergency Services
Police Department State Police
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 5 miles 94

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; Granite State
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells; Surry Village Water
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Time Warner; 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
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.52
2021 Equalization Ratio 74.6
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.67
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings92.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.6%

(ACS 2016-2020) Housing
Total Housing Units 337
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 331
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 4
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 847 77,329
2020 821 76,501
2010 732 77,117
2000 673 73,993
1990 631 70,223
1980 656 62,116
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2016-2020
Population by Gender
Male:   343 Female:   558
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 77
Age 5 to 19 144
Age 20 to 34 138
Age 35 to 54 223
Age 55 to 64 130
Age 65 and over 189
Median Age 44.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 33.4%

(ACS 2016-2020) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $38,967
Median family income $96,042
Median household income $86,375
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $64,453
Female $47,969
Individuals below the poverty level 1.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 513 476
Employed 494 466
Unemployed 19 10
Unemployment Rate 3.7% 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 24 36
Average Weekly Wage $938 $1,347
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 36 45
Average Weekly Wage $305 $666
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 60 81
Average Weekly Wage $559 $970
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 6 7
Average Weekly Wage $383 $261
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 66 88
Average Weekly Wage $543 $914

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Surry operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Keene SAU 91
Career Technology Center(s): Cheshire Career Center (Keene); Fall Mountain RHS - CTE
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 99
2021 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
LG Cushing & Sons, Inc. Well drilling 15
Woodard's Sugarhouse Maple Products 2
Brooks Construction Construction Services 2
Frank Lucius Construction Excavation 4
Inspections by Eric, LLC Septic inspections 1 2016
GT's Auto Used Vehicle Sales 2
Cresceno Acres Farm Alpaca Products 2
Richardson Home Inspection Home inspection services 1
Gunseth's 4x4 Center Auto Parts, Repairs 2
Kona Ice Retail shaved ice 2 2009

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 12, 12A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 5
Distance 16 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dillant-Hopkins, SwanzeyRunway6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 60 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 70 miles
Portland, ME 163 miles
Boston, MA 105 miles
New York City, NY 223 miles
Montreal, Quebec 233 miles

(ACS 2016-2020) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.5%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.6%
Other Means 0.5%
Worked at home 12.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 21.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2016-2020)
Working in community of residence 86.3%
Commuting to another NH community 4.9%
Commuting out-of-state 8.8%
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 Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Ascutney (VT)
Other: Surry Mountain Recreation Area

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 5/24/22

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