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Wentworth, NH

wentworth New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Wentworth Board of Selectmen
Arlene Patten, 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 2
Executive Council District 1
State Senate 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 647 over 57 years, from 300 in 1960 to 947 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a 40 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2017 Census estimate for Wentworth was 947 residents, which ranked 187th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 22.6 persons per square mile of land area. Wentworth contains 41.8 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $1,181,442
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $1,561,826
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 Fairpoint; 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
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.66
2017 Equalization Ratio 97.4
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.90
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings82.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings7.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other10.0%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 536
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 446
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 26
Five or More Units in Structure 3
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 61
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 947 89,386
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) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   406 Female:   422
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 46
Age 5 to 19 96
Age 20 to 34 142
Age 35 to 54 174
Age 55 to 64 160
Age 65 and over 210
Median Age 50.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 23.2%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $35,607
Median family income $65,179
Median household income $62,955
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $39,583
Female $35,625
Individuals below the poverty level 10.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 438 500
Employed 425 490
Unemployed 13 10
Unemployment Rate 3.0% 2.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $125 $24
Average Weekly Wage $686 $661
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $30 $334
Average Weekly Wage $513 $606
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $156 $358
Average Weekly Wage $652 $610
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $35 $20
Average Weekly Wage $380 $852
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $191 $378
Average Weekly Wage $602 $623

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 59
2017 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 36 1994
Shawnee's Grocery store 5 2008
Burning Bush Hardware store 4 1980

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 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 77.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.8%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.6%
Other Means 11.4%
Worked at home 4.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 31.9%
Commuting to another NH community 61.2%
Commuting out-of-state 6.9%
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
Tourists 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

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2019. Community Response Received 6/14/18

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