Ashland New Hampshire Community Profile

Ashland New Hampshire Community Profile
Ashland, NH
Community Contact Town of Ashland
Richard J. Alpers, Town Administrator
20 Highland Street, PO Box 517
Ashland, NH 03217

Telephone (603) 968-4432
Fax (603) 968-3776
E-mail townoffice@ashland.nh.gov
Web Site www.ashland.nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, and Thursday, 8 am - 5 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Plymouth NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
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 District 8
Incorporated: 1868

Origin: Once the southwest portion of Holderness known as the village section, Ashland was not incorporated until 1868. The name Ashland was in honor of the birthplace and Kentucky estate of Henry Clay, Secretary of State and Senator from Kentucky. The name was suggested by Colonel Thomas Cheney, who had been assistant Sargent-at-Arms in Congress during Clay's service in Washington, and an active participant in the formation of the Republican party in New Hampshire. The geographic center of New Hampshire is located three miles east of Ashland.

Villages and Place Names: unknown

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 885 residents in 1870

Population Trends: Population change for Ashland totaled 367 over 50 years, from 1,599 in 1950 to 1,966 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 13 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, the only decade that population increased over ten percent. The 2006 Census estimate for Ashland was 2,022 residents, which ranked 142nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 178.8 persons per square mile of land area. Ashland contains 11.3 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $5,780,849
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance 1985/05
Master Plan 1997
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Budget
Appointed:
Planning; Conservation; Zoning

Public Library Ashland Town

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Town Fire Insurance Rating 5/9
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 7 miles 35

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Ashland Electric
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Ashland Water Department

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
None
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Mandatory

Telephone Company Verizon
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2006 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $26.91
2006 Equalization Ratio 74.3
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $19.80

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
80.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings
18.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
1.5%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 1,237
   
2006 Single-Family Units 593
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
6
2006 Multi-Family Units 536
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
10
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 108
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 2,022 85,336
2000 1,966 81,826
1990 1,917 74,998
1980 1,807 65,806
1970 1,599 54,914

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
934
Female
1,021

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
140
Age 5 to 19
361
Age 20 to 34
423
Age 35 to 54
587
Age 55 to 64
178
Age 65 and over
266
Median Age
36.8 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
84.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher
18.4%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $17,450
Median 4-person family income $38,487
Median household income $33,345

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$29,630
Female
$23,242

Families below the poverty level 7.5%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
1,094 1,089
Employed
1,064 1,061
Unemployed
30 28
Unemployment Rate
2.7% 2.6%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
608 145
Average Weekly Wage
$475 $597
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
460 526
Average Weekly Wage
$376 $457
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
1,068 671
Average Weekly Wage
$432 $487
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
89 85
Average Weekly Wage
$439 $624
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
1,157 756
Average Weekly Wage
$433 $502
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Ashland operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are part of Pemi-Baker Cooperative (Ashland, Campton, Holderness, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Wentworth) District: SAU 2
Career Technology Center(s): Plymouth Regional High School Region: 05

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
K 1-8
Total Enrollment
161
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 26
Nearest Community/Technical College: Laconia
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Rochester Shoe Tree Co., Inc. Shoe trees 110 1979
Common Man Restaurant 50
Freudenberg-NOK Auto parts 50 1949
Belletetes Lumber sales 35
El Paco Copper parts 20
Town of Ashland Municipal services 15

TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 3
  State Routes 132, 175
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 24
         Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation Yes

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Plymouth Regional
Runway
2,380 ft. turf
Lighted?
No  Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 52 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
56 miles
Portland, ME
87 miles
Boston, MA
106 miles
New York City, NY
309 miles
Montreal, Quebec
217 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
75.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
13.6%
Public transportation
0.4%
Walked
5.4%
Other Means
0.9%
Worked at home
4.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.3 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
27%
Commuting to another NH community
71%
Commuting out-of-state
2%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists 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
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Tenney, Loon, Waterville, & Ragged Mtns.
   
Other: Little Squam Lake

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 08/14/07

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