Bethlehem New Hampshire Community Profile

Bethlehem new hampshire community profile
Bethlehem, NH
Community Contact Bethlehem Board of Selectmen
Dan Tucker, Chairman
PO Box 189
Bethlehem, NH 03574

Telephone (603) 869-3351
Fax (603) 869-2280
E-mail tobeth@adelphia.net
Web Site not available

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm and Friday, 8 am - 12 noon

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Littleton NH-VT LMA, NH Portion
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 1
State Senate
District 1
State Representative
Grafton County District 2
Incorporated: 1799

Origin: This community was first established in 1774 as Lloyd's Hills, the last of the provincial land grants. Probably because James Lloyd, for whom the town was named, was a loyalist, voters elected to change to name following the Revolution. The name Bethlehem was selected on the last Christmas Day in the century, and the town was so incorporated on December 27, 1799. According to the US Postal Service, Bethlehem is one of several US communities with holiday-themed names who have special holiday postmarks.

Villages and Place Names: Alderbrook, Five Corners, Maplewood, Pierce Bridge

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 171 residents in 1800

Population Trends: Population change for Bethlehem totaled 1,324 over 50 years, from 882 in 1950 to 2,206 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was between 1970 and 1980, when population increased by 56 percent. The 2006 Census estimate for Bethlehem was 2,422 residents, which ranked 120th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 26.7 persons per square mile of land area. Bethlehem contains 90.9 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $2,088,453
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance 1972/06
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Bethlehem Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Town Fire Insurance Rating 6/9
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Littleton Regional, Littleton 8 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; Littleton Water & Light
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Bethlehem Village District

Sanitation Private septic & Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
Municipal
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
Yes
Recycling
Voluntary

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) $20.70
2006 Equalization Ratio 96.9
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $18.92

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
79.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings
18.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
1.6%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 1,514
   
2006 Single-Family Units 1,025
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
23
2006 Multi-Family Units 397
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
4
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 92
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 2,422 85,336
2000 2,206 81,826
1990 2,018 74,998
1980 1,784 65,806
1970 1,142 54,914

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
1,119
Female
1,080

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
120
Age 5 to 19
459
Age 20 to 34
350
Age 35 to 54
833
Age 55 to 64
201
Age 65 and over
236
Median Age
39 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
88.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher
27.1%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $20,155
Median 4-person family income $48,333
Median household income $35,547

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$30,133
Female
$24,333

Families below the poverty level 7.9%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
1,241 1,453
Employed
1,144 1,407
Unemployed
97 46
Unemployment Rate
7.8% 3.2%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
21 26
Average Weekly Wage
$355 $570
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
213 465
Average Weekly Wage
$285 $625
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
234 490
Average Weekly Wage
$291 $622
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
135 167
Average Weekly Wage
$447 $644
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
370 658
Average Weekly Wage
$348 $628
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Bethlehem operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are part of Profile Cooperative (Bethlehem, Easton, Franconia, Sugar Hill) District: SAU 35
Career Technology Center(s): Gallen Regional Voc. Center, Littleton; White Mountain Regional High, Whitefield Region: 03

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1 1 1 3
Grade Levels
K 1-6 7-8 9-12 1-12
Total Enrollment
208 79 204 120
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 53
Nearest Community/Technical College: Berlin
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Littleton
LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Profile Junior/Senior High School Education 55 1976
White Mountain School Education 54
Bethlehem Elementary School Education 35
Pinetree Power Inc. Electric plant 20 1988
Town of Bethlehem Municipal services 15
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 3, 302
  State Routes 18, 116, 142
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 39 - 40
         Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Twin Mountain
Runway
2,640 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Call ahead  Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 67 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
100 miles
Portland, ME
107 miles
Boston, MA
150 miles
New York City, NY
333 miles
Montreal, Quebec
173 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
77.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
10.3%
Public transportation
0.4%
Walked
3.7%
Other Means
1.0%
Worked at home
6.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 20.3 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
26%
Commuting to another NH community
71%
Commuting out-of-state
3%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
X 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
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): Cannon Mtn, Bretton Woods
   
Other: Antiques; The Rocks Tree Farm; Hiking; Moutain Biking

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 08/17/07

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