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Wakefield, NH


wakefield New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Wakefield
Dino A. Scala, Town Administrator
2 High Street, Town Hall
Sanbornville, NH 03872
Telephone (603) 522-6205
Fax (603) 522-6794
E-mail townadmin@wakefieldnh.com
Web Site www.wakefieldnh.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 8:30 - 4 pm, Wednesday, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm, Thursday, 8:30 am - 6 pm, first, last Saturday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

County Carroll
Labor Market Area Wolfeboro, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Wentworth Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 3
State Representative Carroll County Districts 5, 8

Incorporated: 1774
Origin: This territory was settled by colonists from Dover and Somersworth who received a charter from the Masonian Proprietors in 1749. The settlement was known variously as Ham's-town, East-town, and Watertown. In 1774, residents petitioned the Proprietors for incorporation with township powers and privileges, and it was incorporated as Wakefield by Governor John Wentworth. Wakefield in Yorkshire, England, was the location of Wentworth Castle, the home of Wentworth ancestors. In 2002, the Wakefield Town Hall was listed on the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places.
Villages and Place Names: East Wakefield, North Wakefield, Sanbornville, Union, Woodman, Province Lake
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 646 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Wakefield totaled 3,690 over 49 years, from 1,420 in 1970 to 5,110 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 58 percent between 1970 and 1980, followed by increases of 37 percent and 40 percent, respectively over the next two decades. The 2019 Census estimate for Wakefield was 5,110 residents, which ranked 70th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 129.3 persons per square mile of land area. Wakefield contains 39.5 square miles of land area and 5.3 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $6,674,875
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $11,669,424
Zoning Ordinance 1986/20
Master Plan 2003
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; School; Assessors; Trust Funds; Checklist; Cemetery
Appointed:Conservation; Zoning; Heritage; Parks & Recreation
Public Library Gafney Library, Inc.; Wakefield Library Association

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 13 miles 25

Utilities
Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Sanbornville Water Department
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Time Warner; Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.47
2019 Equalization Ratio 92.6
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $11.50
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.4%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,771
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,303
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 123
Five or More Units in Structure 91
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 254
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 5,110 48,910
2010 5,078 47,818
2000 4,276 43,918
1990 3,064 35,526
1980 2,237 27,929
1970 1,420 18,548
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   2,614 Female:   2,432
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 293
Age 5 to 19 448
Age 20 to 34 1,107
Age 35 to 54 1,124
Age 55 to 64 1,089
Age 65 and over 985
Median Age 51.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 20.3%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $33,870
Median family income $75,656
Median household income $69,185
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $57,581
Female $39,058
Individuals below the poverty level 6.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 2,481 2,376
Employed 2,301 2,312
Unemployed 180 64
Unemployment Rate 7.3% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 67 n
Average Weekly Wage $608 n
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 322 n
Average Weekly Wage $465 n
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 389 579
Average Weekly Wage $490 $583
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 338 318
Average Weekly Wage $638 $750
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 727 897
Average Weekly Wage $559 $642

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


(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Wakefield operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Rochester SAU 64
Career Technology Center(s): R.W. Creteau Regional Technology Ctr (Rochester) Region: 12
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 470
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 5 Total Capacity: 140
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; Nasson (ME)

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Longmeadow Hardware Hardware 12
Lovell Lake Market Convenience store 38
Town of Wakefield Municipal services 130 1993
Poor Peoples Pub Restaurant 35
Knotty Pine Tavern Restaurant 25 2010
Wakefield School District Education 120
Irving Gas, convenience store 8
White Mountain Medical Center Health care services 45
Restaurant 15 2014
Dunkin Donuts Donut shop 15 2015

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality


(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 16, 109, 110, 153
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 18; I-95, Exit 5
Distance 6 miles; 40 miles
Railroad NH Northcoast
Public Transportation No
 
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Skyhaven, RochesterRunway4,200 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 49 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 6
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 62 miles
Portland, ME 51 miles
Boston, MA 93 miles
New York City, NY 301 miles
Montreal, Quebec 258 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.4%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.9%
Other Means 3.8%
Worked at home 16.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 39.3 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 21.3%
Commuting to another NH community 62.6%
Commuting out-of-state 16.1%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
X Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X 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
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock, King Pine
   
Other: Frisbie Golf

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 8/5/20

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