Bridgewater New Hampshire Community Profile

Bridgewater New Hampshire Community Profile
Bridgewater, NH
Community Contact Town of Bridgewater
Terence Murphy, Selectman
297 Mayhew Turnpike
Bridgewater, NH 03222

Telephone (603) 744-5055
Fax (603) 744-5971
E-mail not available
Web Site not available

Municipal Office Hours Tuesday, 1 pm - 4 pm, Thursday, 9 am - 12 noon, and as needed

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: 1788

Origin: Bridgewater received its charter in 1788, when it was part of the town of New Chester. New Chester was separated into Bridgewater and Hill, as well as portions of Bristol, Danbury, and Wilmot. Early settlers of the area were from Bridgewater, Massachusetts, giving the town its name. Bridgewater was officially incorporated by John Sullivan, who was President of New Hampshire before the title was changed to Governor. The town line follows the eastern shore of Newfound Lake.

Villages and Place Names: unknown

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 281 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Bridgewater totaled 757 over 50 years, from 222 in 1950 to 979 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 52 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; all but one of the last five decades had increases of 30 percent or more. The 2006 Census estimate for Bridgewater was 1,075 residents, which ranked 180th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 50.1 persons per square mile of land area. Bridgewater contains 21.5 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2007 $1,212,744
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance 1983/05
Master Plan 2005
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen
Appointed:
Planning; Conservation

Public Library River Road Library

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time
Town Fire Insurance Rating 9/10
Emergency Medical Service Part-time

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 13 miles 35

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells

Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
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
Limited

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2006 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $7.44
2006 Equalization Ratio 100
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $7.56

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
87.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings
2.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
9.6%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 932
   
2006 Single-Family Units 774
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
11
2006 Multi-Family Units 55
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 103
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 1,075 85,336
2000 979 81,826
1990 743 74,998
1980 606 65,806
1970 398 54,914

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
479
Female
495

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
33
Age 5 to 19
175
Age 20 to 34
130
Age 35 to 54
317
Age 55 to 64
131
Age 65 and over
188
Median Age
45.4 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
92.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher
31.8%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $28,600
Median 4-person family income $54,722
Median household income $50,662

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$33,250
Female
$26,250

Families below the poverty level 6.1%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
390 571
Employed
380 557
Unemployed
10 14
Unemployment Rate
2.6% 2.5%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
18 n
Average Weekly Wage
$359 n
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
23 n
Average Weekly Wage
$171 n
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
41 75
Average Weekly Wage
$255 $760
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
15 16
Average Weekly Wage
$144 $350
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
56 91
Average Weekly Wage
$225 $689
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Newfound Area (Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, Danbury, Groton, Hebron, New Hampton) District: SAU 4
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
P K 1-5
Total Enrollment
151
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Laconia
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; Granite State College-Laconia

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Bridgewater Steam Power Utility 12 1988

TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 3
  State Routes 3A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 23
         Distance 10 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Newfound Valley, Bristol
Runway
1,930 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
No  Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 42 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
58 miles
Portland, ME
111 miles
Boston, MA
108 miles
New York City, NY
312 miles
Montreal, Quebec
224 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
86.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
8.6%
Public transportation
0.4%
Walked
1.2%
Other Means
0.2%
Worked at home
3.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
13%
Commuting to another NH community
80%
Commuting out-of-state
7%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
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
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Ragged Mtn
   
Other:

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 08/10/07

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