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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 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 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 3,810 over 57 years, from 1,223 in 1960 to 5,033 in 2017. 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 2017 Census estimate for Wakefield was 5,033 residents, which ranked 70th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 127.3 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, 2018 $6,060,958
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $9,792,689
Zoning Ordinance 1986/18
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

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
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.65
2017 Equalization Ratio 88.2
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $11.11
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.0%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,845
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,338
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 138
Five or More Units in Structure 37
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 332
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 5,033 48,064
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) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   2,594 Female:   2,413
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 305
Age 5 to 19 575
Age 20 to 34 822
Age 35 to 54 1,171
Age 55 to 64 1,107
Age 65 and over 1,027
Median Age 53.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 90.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 23.9%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $28,770
Median family income $64,361
Median household income $56,291
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $52,716
Female $39,271
Individuals below the poverty level 5.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 2,432 2,295
Employed 2,333 2,231
Unemployed 99 64
Unemployment Rate 4.1% 2.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $76 n
Average Weekly Wage $579 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $328 n
Average Weekly Wage $391 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $404 $540
Average Weekly Wage $426 $553
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $316 $310
Average Weekly Wage $593 $711
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $720 $850
Average Weekly Wage $500 $611

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 437
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 12
Lovell Lake Market Convenience store 38
Town of Wakefield Municipal services 150 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
Tumbledown Café 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 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.8%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.7%
Other Means 0.2%
Worked at home 4.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 39.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 21.1%
Commuting to another NH community 63.2%
Commuting out-of-state 15.7%
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, August 2019. Community Response Received 8/15/18

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