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Wolfeboro, NH

wolfeboro New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Wolfeboro
James Pineo, 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 Town Manager, Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8-4; Town Clerk: Monday to Friday, 8-1 and 2-4

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 District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 3
State Representative Carroll County Districts 6, 7

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 3,339 over 50 years, from 3,036 in 1970 to 6,375 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Wolfeboro was 6,609 residents, which ranked 51st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 136.7 persons per square mile of land area. 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, 2022 $47,283,315
Budget: School Appropriations, 2021-2022 $17,526,771
Zoning Ordinance 1950/22
Master Plan 2019
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget; Library; Police Commission; Zoning
Appointed: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 Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.22
2022 Equalization Ratio 61.2
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $8.07
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings91.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings8.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.1%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 4,510
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,736
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 499
Five or More Units in Structure 130
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 145
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 6,609 52,199
2020 6,416 50,107
2010 6,269 47,818
2000 6,122 43,918
1990 4,842 35,526
1980 3,968 27,929
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   3,111 Female:   3,262
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 134
Age 5 to 19 876
Age 20 to 34 300
Age 35 to 54 1,389
Age 55 to 64 1,487
Age 65 and over 2,187
Median Age 57.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 5,345
High school graduate or higher 95.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 43.5%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $44,107
Median family income $100,515
Median household income $66,991
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $62,639
Female $79,375
Individuals below the poverty level 9.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 2,976 2,862
Employed 2,826 2,784
Unemployed 150 78
Unemployment Rate 5.0% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 211 274
Average Weekly Wage $782 $1,159
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 2,306 2,414
Average Weekly Wage $696 $1,026
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,517 2,688
Average Weekly Wage $703 $1,039
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 511 509
Average Weekly Wage $805 $1,080
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,028 3,197
Average Weekly Wage $720 $1,046

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)
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 373 388 720 342
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 234
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State; University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Governor Wentworth School District Education 286
Huggins Hospital Health care services 370
Town of Wolfeboro Municipal services 90
Genesis Healthcare - Wolfeboro Bay Center Nursing care services 95
Brewster Academy Private school 239
Wolfeboro Inn Hotel, conference center 60/25 seasonal
P.S.I Molded Plastek Plastic moldings 129
Hunter's Shop '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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 2,771
Drove alone, car/truck/van 69.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 14.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 3.3%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 13.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 54.6%
Commuting to another NH community 40.5%
Commuting out-of-state 4.9%
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 Tourist 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 and Dog park; Clark Park Historical Society Bldgs.; Wolfeboro Trolley

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/21/23

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