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Wentworth, NH

wentworth New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Wentworth
Linda Franz, Administrative Assistant
7 Atwell Hill Rd., PO Box 2
Wentworth, NH 03282-0002
Telephone (603) 764-9955
Fax (603) 764-9362
E-mail townofwentworth@wentworth-nh.org
Web Site www.wentworth-nh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Tuesday, 1 pm - 5 pm, Wednesday, Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Tuesday, 9 am - 7 pm, Wednesday, Thursday, 9 am - 2 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Plymouth, NH LMA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 2
State Representative Grafton County Districts 11, 16

Incorporated: 1766
Origin: This town was first chartered in 1766 to John Page and others, and named Wentworth, in honor of Governor Benning Wentworth. The grantees were given five years to meet the terms of the grant, and the majority were unable to do so, forfeiting their claim. In 1772, Asa Porter and others from Haverhill petitioned Governor John Wentworth, Benning's nephew, for some of the forfeited shares, which was granted. Between them the Wentworth governors issued over 150 new town charters in New Hampshire, and nearly 130 new town charters in what is now Vermont, providing homes and farms for over 30,000 families.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 241 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Wentworth totaled 590 over 49 years, from 376 in 1970 to 966 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 40 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2019 Census estimate for Wentworth was 966 residents, which ranked 187th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 23.1 persons per square mile of land area. Wentworth contains 41.8 square miles of land area and 0.3 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $1,472,688
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $1,645,966
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 1985
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Trust Funds; Cemetery; School; School Treasurer; Town Clerk/Tax Collector; Library; Moderator; Checklist; Treasurer; Fire Commissioner
Public Library Webster Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Private - Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 16 miles 25

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier Dead River
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications; Time Warner
Cellular Telephone Access No
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.22
2019 Equalization Ratio 86.0
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.79
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings82.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings7.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other9.8%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 585
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 493
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 36
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 56
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 966 89,886
2010 911 89,118
2000 797 81,826
1990 631 74,998
1980 527 65,806
1970 376 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   446 Female:   448
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 47
Age 5 to 19 79
Age 20 to 34 181
Age 35 to 54 169
Age 55 to 64 190
Age 65 and over 228
Median Age 52.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 33.0%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $40,836
Median family income $71,429
Median household income $66,667
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $45,313
Female $42,500
Individuals below the poverty level 9.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 430 508
Employed 404 499
Unemployed 26 9
Unemployment Rate 6.0% 1.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 81 124
Average Weekly Wage $643 $871
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 22 42
Average Weekly Wage $713 $510
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 103 166
Average Weekly Wage $657 $779
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 42 40
Average Weekly Wage $500 $574
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 145 206
Average Weekly Wage $612 $739

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Wentworth operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are part of Pemi-Baker Cooperative (Ashland, Campton, Holderness, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Wentworth) SAU 48
Career Technology Center(s): Plymouth Applied Technology Center Region: 5
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 62
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley; Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Plymouth State University

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
King Forest Lumber Co. Wood, lumber products 141 1994
Precision Lumber Wood, lumber 45 1994
Shawnee's Grocery store 5 2008
Dollar General Discount store 6 2019

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 25, 25A, 118
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 26
Distance 20 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Plymouth RegionalRunway2,380 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 40 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 77 miles
Portland, ME 110 miles
Boston, MA 128 miles
New York City, NY 300 miles
Montreal, Quebec 196 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 75.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.8%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.6%
Other Means 12.1%
Worked at home 6.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 27.6%
Commuting to another NH community 65.7%
Commuting out-of-state 6.7%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Loon Mtn, Waterville Valley
Other: Plummer Ledge Natural Area; Market Day; Summer Concerts; Volleyball Court; Covered Bridge; Veterans' Memorial

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 6/14/18

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