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Wakefield, NH

wakefield New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Wakefield
Kelley A. Collins, 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, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 8:30 - 4 pm, Wednesday, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm, Thursday, 8:30 am - 6 pm, first and last Saturday of month, 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 1
Executive Council District 1
State Senate 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 3,740 over 56 years, from 1,223 in 1960 to 4,963 in 2016. 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 2016 Census estimate for Wakefield was 4,963 residents, which ranked 71st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2016 (US Census Bureau): 125.6 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, 2017 $5,235,927
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $9,763,936
Zoning Ordinance 1986/17
Master Plan 2003
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected: Selectmen; Planning; Budget; School; Cemetery; Assessors; Trust Funds; Checklist
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

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:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2016 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.94
2016 Equalization Ratio 91.0
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $11.73
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.0%

(ACS 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,753
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,144
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 167
Five or More Units in Structure 41
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 401
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2016 4,963 47,289
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) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   2,591 Female:   2,410
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 277
Age 5 to 19 700
Age 20 to 34 651
Age 35 to 54 1,291
Age 55 to 64 1,003
Age 65 and over 1,079
Median Age 52.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 27.2%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $26,838
Median family income $62,866
Median household income $53,224
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $53,101
Female $36,619
Individuals below the poverty level 6.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 2,397 2,325
Employed 2,312 2,255
Unemployed 85 70
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 3.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $88 $78
Average Weekly Wage $510 $687
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $328 $591
Average Weekly Wage $363 $962
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $415 $669
Average Weekly Wage $394 $930
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $280 $306
Average Weekly Wage $608 $686
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $695 $975
Average Weekly Wage $480 $853

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 K 1-8
Total Enrollment 424
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 110
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; Nasson (ME)

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Longmeadow Hardware Hardware 18
Lovell Lake Food Center Convenience store 35
Badman Family Practice Health care services 7 1993
Poor Peoples Pub Restaurant 35
Knotty Pine Restaurant & Tavern Restaurant 25 2010
Mobil on the Run Gas, convenience store
Irving Gas, convenience store 7
Seven Lakes Provisions Grocery store 5
Tumbledown Café Restaurant 15 2014
Dunkin Donuts Donut shop 17 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 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.1%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.2%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 6.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 36.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 23.0%
Commuting to another NH community 62.9%
Commuting out-of-state 14.1%
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
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists 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,April 2018. Community Response Received 06/09/17

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