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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, 7-9; Town Clerk: Monday, 3-6, Thursday, 5-7; Tax Collector: first and third Thursday each month, 5-7

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 314 over 50 years, from 507 in 1970 to 821 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Surry was 854 residents, which ranked 194th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 54.4 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, 2023 $1,033,792
Budget: School Appropriations, 2023-2024 $2,403,084
Zoning Ordinance 1951/23
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; Liberty
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 ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Spectrum; 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) $16.06
2022 Equalization Ratio 109.5
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.54
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings93.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.1%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 354
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 348
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
2022 854 77,350
2020 820 76,458
2010 732 77,117
2000 673 73,993
1990 631 70,223
1980 656 62,116
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   366 Female:   576
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 88
Age 5 to 19 133
Age 20 to 34 155
Age 35 to 54 244
Age 55 to 64 122
Age 65 and over 200
Median Age 44.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 691
High school graduate or higher 96.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 32.1%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $45,541
Median family income $102,083
Median household income $89,464
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $73,214
Female $50,132
Individuals below the poverty level 2.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 512 477
Employed 492 467
Unemployed 20 10
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 23 42
Average Weekly Wage $1,113 $1,628
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 44 42
Average Weekly Wage $316 $587
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 67 84
Average Weekly Wage $591 $1,109
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 6 8
Average Weekly Wage $347 $258
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 73 92
Average Weekly Wage $571 $1,039

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 9-12
Total Enrollment 94
2022 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; 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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 462
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.9%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 4.8%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 11.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 21.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 17.7%
Commuting to another NH community 74.9%
Commuting out-of-state 7.4%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
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, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/15/23

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