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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 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 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 2,579 over 41 years, from 3,968 in 1980 to 6,547 in 2021. The largest decennial percent change was a 26 percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2021 Census estimate for Wolfeboro was 6,547 residents, which ranked 52nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 135.4 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, 2020 $34,384,453
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $15,737,608
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
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.67
2021 Equalization Ratio 76.5
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $10.43
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings93.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings6.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.1%

(ACS 2016-2020) Housing
Total Housing Units 4,847
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,905
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 478
Five or More Units in Structure 212
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 252
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2021 6,547 51,500
2020 6,388 50,212
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) 2016-2020
Population by Gender
Male:   3,016 Female:   3,341
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 153
Age 5 to 19 872
Age 20 to 34 350
Age 35 to 54 1,418
Age 55 to 64 1,277
Age 65 and over 2,287
Median Age 58.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 43.8%

(ACS 2016-2020) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $44,764
Median family income $96,458
Median household income $67,870
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $62,226
Female $74,269
Individuals below the poverty level 6.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 3,001 2,834
Employed 2,853 2,736
Unemployed 148 98
Unemployment Rate 4.9% 3.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 273 309
Average Weekly Wage $852 $1,081
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 2,344 2,327
Average Weekly Wage $684 $993
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,616 2,636
Average Weekly Wage $702 $1,003
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 502 503
Average Weekly Wage $807 $1,013
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,118 3,139
Average Weekly Wage $719 $1,005

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 411 354 755 363
2021 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; 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 88
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 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 2016-2020) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 72.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 13.5%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 14.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 24.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2016-2020)
Working in community of residence 66.6%
Commuting to another NH community 26.7%
Commuting out-of-state 6.7%
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, 2021. Community Response Received 9/12/22

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