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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 Administration: Monday to Friday, 8-4; Town Clerk: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 8:30-4, Wednesday, 8:30-1:30, Thursday, 8:30-6, first and last Saturday each month, 8:30-12:30; Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 9-2

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 District 4

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 3,8041 over 50 years, from 1,420 in 1970 to 5,221 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Wakefield was 5,459 residents, which ranked 68th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 138.1 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, 2023 $7,482,891
Budget: School Appropriations, 2023-2024 $12,318,599
Zoning Ordinance 1986/23
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 Full-time 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 Spectrum; Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.25
2022 Equalization Ratio 60.1
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $7.34
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.3%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,734
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,435
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 42
Five or More Units in Structure 69
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 188
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 5,459 52,199
2020 5,201 50,107
2010 5,078 47,818
2000 4,276 43,918
1990 3,064 35,526
1980 2,237 27,929
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   2,702 Female:   2,519
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 210
Age 5 to 19 642
Age 20 to 34 1,016
Age 35 to 54 1,242
Age 55 to 64 1,215
Age 65 and over 896
Median Age 48.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 3,952
High school graduate or higher 96.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 25.4%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $40,876
Median family income $95,536
Median household income $88,750
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $63,580
Female $52,476
Individuals below the poverty level 4.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 2,475 2,321
Employed 2,330 2,254
Unemployed 145 67
Unemployment Rate 5.9% 2.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 54 84
Average Weekly Wage $639 $931
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 448 424
Average Weekly Wage $841 $674
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 503 508
Average Weekly Wage $819 $717
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 328 309
Average Weekly Wage $651 $832
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 831 816
Average Weekly Wage $753 $760

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 101
Career Technology Center(s): R.W. Creteau Regional Technology Ctr (Rochester)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 450
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 49
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay; Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Longmeadow Hardware Hardware 12
Lovell Lake Market Convenience store 38
Town of Wakefield Municipal services 115 1993
Poor Peoples Pub Restaurant 35
Knotty Pine Tavern Restaurant 25 2010
Wakefield School District Education 120
Irving Gas, convenience store 8
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 8
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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 3,032
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 11.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.6%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 9.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 44.0 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 20.8%
Commuting to another NH community 62.0%
Commuting out-of-state 17.2%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
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
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; Dog Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/9/23

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