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Whitefield, NH

whitefield New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Whitefield
Judy Ramsdell, Administrative Assistant
56 Littleton Road
Whitefield, NH 03598
Telephone (603) 837-2551
Fax (603) 837-3148
E-mail administrativeassistant@whitefieldnh.org
Web Site www.whitefieldnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9-4, Tuesday, 9-6

County Coos
Labor Market Area Littleton, NH-VT LMA, NH part
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Coos Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 1
State Representative Coos County District 1

Incorporated: 1804
Origin: This was the last town to be granted under the English provincial government. It was chartered by Governor John Wentworth on July 4, 1774, exactly two years prior to the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Those named in the grant included Jeremy Belknap, who authored an early history of the state, and for whom Belknap County was named. The town may have been named for George Whitefield, a famous English evangelist, and friend of the Earl of Dartmouth. The town was known as Whitefields until its incorporation in 1804, when the last letter was dropped.
Villages and Place Names: Hazens
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 51 residents in 1810
Population Trends: Population change for Whitefield totaled 1,008 over 50 years, from 1,538 in 1970 to 2,546 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Whitefield was 2,508 residents, which ranked 125th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 73.1 persons per square mile of land area. Whitefield contains 34.3 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2022 $5,137,091
Budget: School Appropriations, 2021-2022 $4,868,683
Zoning Ordinance 1992/23
Master Plan 2019
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Trust Funds; Cemetery
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation
Public Library Whitefield Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster 9 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Whitefield Water System
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.42
2022 Equalization Ratio 61.6
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.58
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings71.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings19.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other9.2%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,548
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,024
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 153
Five or More Units in Structure 165
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 206
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 2,508 31,504
2020 2,490 31,268
2010 2,306 33,055
2000 2,039 33,156
1990 1,917 34,879
1980 1,681 35,014
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   1,273 Female:   1,230
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 127
Age 5 to 19 318
Age 20 to 34 331
Age 35 to 54 656
Age 55 to 64 358
Age 65 and over 713
Median Age 50.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 1,957
High school graduate or higher 89.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 29.0%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $31,393
Median family income $75,208
Median household income $55,375
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $38,199
Female $35,793
Individuals below the poverty level 9.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 1,293 1,264
Employed 1,229 1,237
Unemployed 64 27
Unemployment Rate 4.9% 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 60 150
Average Weekly Wage $770 $2,534
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 644 656
Average Weekly Wage $542 $939
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 704 806
Average Weekly Wage $562 $1,236
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 228 209
Average Weekly Wage $619 $884
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 932 1,015
Average Weekly Wage $576 $1,164

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of White Mountains Regional (Carroll, Dalton, Jefferson, Lancaster, Whitefield) SAU 36
Career Technology Center(s): Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center (Littleton); White Mountains RHS (Whitefield)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 260 359
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 18
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities:

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
White Mountain Regional High School Education 122 1963
Morrison Nursing Home Nursing home 97 1973
Mountain View Grand Hotel 200 2002
Presby Plastics Plastic septic systems 26 2003

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 116, 142
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 41
Distance 12 miles
Railroad Guilford Rail Service
Public Transportation NCT
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Mt Washington Reg, WhitefieldRunway4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 78 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 105 miles
Portland, ME 106 miles
Boston, MA 158 miles
New York City, NY 351 miles
Montreal, Quebec 179 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 1,224
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.4%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 0.5%
Other Means 1.1%
Worked at home 8.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 24.5%
Commuting to another NH community 71.3%
Commuting out-of-state 4.2%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Bretton Woods, Cannon Mountain
Other: Weathervane Theatre Players; Mountain View Grand Hotel

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 7/11/23

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