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Wolfeboro, NH

wolfeboro New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Wolfeboro
David W. Owen, Town Manager
PO Box 629
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
Telephone (603) 569-8161
Fax (603) 569-8167
E-mail townmanager@wolfeboronh.us
Web Site www.wolfeboronh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 1 pm, 2 pm - 4 pm

County Carroll
Labor Market Area Wolfeboro, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Wentworth Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 3
State Representative Carroll County District 6

Incorporated: 1770
Origin: This territory was granted to Dr. A.R. Cutter, William Tredwell, David Sewall, and Henry Apthorp, who had petitioned the Masonian Proprietors for a piece of land near Winnepeseocket Pond on which to settle. Their petition was granted in 1759, and named Wolfeborough in honor of General James Wolfe, who had been victorious at Quebec in 1759. In 1763, 2,300 acres were added to the 60 acres reserved for the governor. Governor John Wentworth established an estate on the site, known as Kingswood. This was the first summer country estate in northern New England. In 1770, residents petitioned for incorporation, which was granted.
Villages and Place Names: East Wolfeboro, Fernald, Keewaydin, North Wolfeboro, South Wolfeboro, Stockbridge Corner, Wolfeboro Center, Wolfeboro Falls, Cotton Valley Station
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 447 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Wolfeboro totaled 3,545 over 55 years, from 2,689 in 1960 to 6,234 in 2015. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 31 percent between 1970 and 1980; the smallest, a two percent increase between 2000 and 2010. The 2015 Census estimate for Wolfeboro was 6,234 residents, which ranked 53rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2015 (US Census Bureau): 129.0 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Candia. Wolfeboro contains 48.3 square miles of land area and 10.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen/Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2017 $29,226,774
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017 $15,145,567
Zoning Ordinance 1950/11
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Library; Police Commission
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Agriculture; Economic Dev; Heritage
Public Library Wolfeboro Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Private - Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro Local 25

Electric Supplier Wolfeboro Electric
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Wolfeboro Water Department
Sanitation Wolfeboro Sewer Dept & private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company 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
2016 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.63
2016 Equalization Ratio 95.9
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.99
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings92.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings7.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.1%

(ACS 2011-2015) Housing
Total Housing Units 4,559
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,735
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 367
Five or More Units in Structure 203
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 254
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2015 6,234 47,513
2010 6,269 47,818
2000 6,122 43,918
1990 4,842 35,526
1980 3,968 27,929
1970 3,036 18,548
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2011-2015
Population by Gender
Male:   3,083 Female:   3,151
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 182
Age 5 to 19 879
Age 20 to 34 826
Age 35 to 54 1,406
Age 55 to 64 1,013
Age 65 and over 1,928
Median Age 52.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 40.5%

(ACS 2011-2015) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $35,307
Median family income $68,409
Median household income $58,204
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $51,466
Female $41,288
Individuals below the poverty level 7.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 3,124 2,846
Employed 3,029 2,762
Unemployed 95 84
Unemployment Rate 3.0% 3.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 342 253
Average Weekly Wage $778 $958
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 2,639 2,358
Average Weekly Wage $619 $754
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,981 2,611
Average Weekly Wage $638 $774
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 512 515
Average Weekly Wage $660 $896
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,493 3,126
Average Weekly Wage $641 $794

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 Governor Wentworth Regional (Brookfield, Effingham, Middleton, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro) SAU 49
Career Technology Center(s): Lakes Region Technology Center (Wolfeboro) Region: 9
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-6 7-8 9-12 9-12 PG
Total Enrollment 478 352 804 354
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 5 Total Capacity: 292
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Governor Wentworth School District Education 286
Huggins Hospital Health care services 323
Town of Wolfeboro Municipal services 86 FT/40-60 PT & seasonal
Genesis Healthcare - Wolfeboro Bay Center Nursing care services 95
Brewster Academy Private school 243
Wolfeboro Inn Hotel, conference center 60/25 seasonal
GI Plastek Plastic moldings 138
Hunter's Stop 'n Save Grocery store 70
Harvest Market Grocery store 51
Wolfeboro Area Children's Center, Inc. Child care services 42

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 28, 109, 109A
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 18; I-93, Exit 24
Distance 16 miles; 35 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation Carroll County Transit
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Moultonborough AirportRunway3,475 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 57 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 57 miles
Portland, ME 63 miles
Boston, MA 102 miles
New York City, NY 304 miles
Montreal, Quebec 248 miles

(ACS 2011-2015) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 76.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.6%
Public transportation 2.2%
Walked 1.9%
Other Means 1.2%
Worked at home 13.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2011-2015)
Working in community of residence 42.5%
Commuting to another NH community 51.5%
Commuting out-of-state 6.0%
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
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X 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
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Abenaki, Gunstock
Other: New Hampshire Boat Museum; Wentworth State Beach; Skateboard Park; Libby & Wright Museums; 3 Town beaches; 4 Public boat ramps; The Nick Recreational Complex; Clark Park Historical Society Bldgs.

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2017. Community Response Received 07/10/17

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