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Unity, NH

unity New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Unity Board of Selectmen
William A. Schroeter, Chairman
13 Center Road, Unit 3
Unity, NH 03603
Telephone (603) 543-3102
Fax (603) 542-5922
E-mail unitysecretary@myfairpoint.net
Web Site www.townofunitynh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday, Tuesday, 9 am - 5 pm, Wednesday, 9 am - 6 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, closed Friday; Selectmen's Secretary: Monday, 1 pm - 4 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, 9 am - 5 pm, closed Friday

County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Claremont, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 8
State Representative Sullivan County Districts 6, 9

Incorporated: 1764
Origin: This territory was first chartered in 1753, and named Buckingham, after John Hobart, first Earl of Buckinghamshire. Grants of this area had been given by both the early Massachusetts government and by Governor Benning Wentworth, causing dispute among those looking to claim the land. The town was incorporated as Unity in 1764 when the grant terms provided a friendly resolution to the dispute. In the charter document, the grantees were allowed to come to mutual agreement the size of each tract, when usually the tracts were to be divided into equal shares for all those named in the grant.
Villages and Place Names: East Unity, Quaker City, West Unity
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 538 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Unity totaled 911 over 49 years, from 709 in 1970 to 1,620 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 54 percent between 1970 and 1980; the smallest was a nine percent increase between 2000 and 2010. The 2019 Census estimate for Unity was 1,620 residents, which ranked 155th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 43.8 persons per square mile of land area. Unity contains 37.0 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2019 $1,848,463
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $3,733,874
Zoning Ordinance 2005/17
Master Plan 1996
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning
Appointed:Conservation; Library
Public Library Unity Free Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Sullivan County Sheriff's Dept covers Unity
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Valley Regional, Claremont 10 miles 25

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop; Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access No
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.49
2019 Equalization Ratio 100.8
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.61
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings86.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings10.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.7%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 726
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 610
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 11
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 105
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 1,620 43,146
2010 1,671 43,742
2000 1,535 40,560
1990 1,343 38,652
1980 1,092 36,063
1970 709 30,949
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   743 Female:   870
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 17
Age 5 to 19 162
Age 20 to 34 254
Age 35 to 54 336
Age 55 to 64 367
Age 65 and over 477
Median Age 56.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 80.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 16.0%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $30,950
Median family income $84,792
Median household income $69,702
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $47,344
Female $42,917
Individuals below the poverty level 9.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 798 877
Employed 774 859
Unemployed 24 18
Unemployment Rate 3.0% 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 5 n
Average Weekly Wage $603 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 14 n
Average Weekly Wage $299 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 19 6
Average Weekly Wage $380 $827
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 244 198
Average Weekly Wage $593 $776
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 263 204
Average Weekly Wage $578 $777

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Unity operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Claremont SAU 6
Career Technology Center(s): Sugar River Valley RTC (Claremont) Region: 10
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 92
2020 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: Dartmouth; Colby-Sawyer

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Not Available

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 7
Distance 12 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Claremont MunicipalRunway3,098 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 32 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 62 miles
Portland, ME 154 miles
Boston, MA 112 miles
New York City, NY 246 miles
Montreal, Quebec 215 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.1%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 5.9%
Worked at home 10.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 15.3%
Commuting to another NH community 74.2%
Commuting out-of-state 10.5%
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
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Sunapee

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 8/16/19

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