Bristol New Hampshire Community Profile

Bristol New Hampshire Community Profile
Bristol, NH
Community Contact Town of Bristol
Elizabeth Corrow, Town Manager
230 Lake Street
Bristol, NH 03222

Telephone (603) 744-3354
Fax (603) 744-2521
E-mail ecorrow@townofbristolnh.org
Web Site www.townofbristolnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Thursday, 8:00 am - 7 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: 1819

Origin: Bristol was incorporated in 1819, established on land taken from Bridgewater and New Chester (Hill). Extensive deposits of fine sand or clay similar to the Bristol sand used in Bristol, England, to make fine china and pottery gave this town its name. Here the sand was used to make a superior quality brick, marketed as Bristol brick. The town was center of manufacturing in the early days for such diverse goods as paper, leather, woolens, flannel, bedsteads, and piano stools. Bristol encompasses the lower two-thirds of Newfound Lake, including Wellington State Park.

Villages and Place Names: unknown

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 675 residents in 1820

Population Trends: Population change for Bristol totaled 1,447 over 50 years, from 1,586 in 1950 to 3,033 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 32 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, accounting for over one-third of the total numeric change. The 2006 Census estimate for Bristol was 3,131 residents, which ranked 106th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 183.4 persons per square mile of land area. Bristol contains 17.1 square miles of land area and 4.8 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2005 $4,935,762
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance 1985/05
Master Plan 2003
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Minot-Sleeper

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 14 miles 35

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Bristol Public Works

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

Telephone Company Verizon
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2006 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.49
2006 Equalization Ratio 100
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.56

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
89.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings
7.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
2.4%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 2,238
   
2006 Single-Family Units 1,561
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
14
2006 Multi-Family Units 548
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 129
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 3,131 85,336
2000 3,033 81,826
1990 2,614 74,998
1980 2,198 65,806
1970 1,670 54,914

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
1,496
Female
1,537

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
180
Age 5 to 19
637
Age 20 to 34
514
Age 35 to 54
953
Age 55 to 64
319
Age 65 and over
430
Median Age
38.5 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
84.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher
22.5%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $19,807
Median 4-person family income $44,766
Median household income $38,032

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$31,088
Female
$22,406

Families below the poverty level 5.5%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
1,271 1,612
Employed
1,232 1,554
Unemployed
39 58
Unemployment Rate
3.1% 3.6%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
n 461
Average Weekly Wage
n $781
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
n 592
Average Weekly Wage
n $450
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
1,713 1,053
Average Weekly Wage
$490 $595
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
257 293
Average Weekly Wage
$426 $628
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
1,970 1,346
Average Weekly Wage
$482 $602
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 1 1
Grade Levels
K 1-5 6-8 9-12
Total Enrollment
226 389 477
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 44
Nearest Community/Technical College: Laconia
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; Granite State College-Laconia

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Newfound Area Schools Education 250
Freudenberg-NOK Oil, grease seals, molded rubber 210 1949
Town of Bristol Municipal services 32 FT/53 PT 1819
Shop 'n Save Supermarket 30
TD Banknorth Banking 25 1970
Homestead Restaurant Restaurant 25 1975
RP Williams & Sons Retail lumber store 21 1950
Shackett's Grocery Grocery store 20 1945

TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 3A, 104
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 23
         Distance 6 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
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 60 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
55 miles
Portland, ME
107 miles
Boston, MA
105 miles
New York City, NY
305 miles
Montreal, Quebec
228 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
78.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
13.0%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
4.0%
Other Means
1.0%
Worked at home
3.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.5 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
29%
Commuting to another NH community
67%
Commuting out-of-state
4%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
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
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists 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
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Ragged, Tenney, Waterville Valley Mtns
   
Other: Wellington State Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 09/11/07

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