Canterbury New Hampshire Community Profile

Canterbury new hampshire community profile
Canterbury, NH
Community Contact Canterbury Economic Development
Michael Capone
PO Box 500
Canterbury, NH 03224

Telephone (603) 783-9955
Fax (603) 783-0501
E-mail canterburyselectmen@verizon.net
Web Site not available

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 am - 1 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, 9 am - 3 pm, Tuesday, 11 am - 6 pm, and Thursday, 4 pm - 8 pm

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Concord NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Central NH Regional
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 2
State Senate
District 7
State Representative
Merrimack County District 6
Incorporated: 1741

Origin: First granted in 1727, the town was named for William Wake, Archbishop of Canterbury. Canterbury in England is famous for its cathedral, and for being the center of English Christianity since 597 AD. The town was originally a fort or trading post where the Penacook Indians came to trade. Canterbury Shaker Village was first established in 1792, a self-contained community of the United Society of Believers, known as the Shaking Quakers or Shakers, because of their use of dance in worship. Today, the Canterbury Shaker Village is an outdoor museum and designated National Historic Landmark.

Villages and Place Names: Boyce, Canterbury Station, Canterbury Center, Hills Corner, Kezer Seminary, Shaker Village

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,038 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Canterbury totaled 1,364 over 50 years, from 627 in 1950 to 1,991 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 58 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, accounting for over one-third of the total population change. The 2005 Census estimate for Canterbury was 2,267 residents, which ranked 127th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 51.6 persons per square mile of land area. Canterbury contains 43.9 square miles of land area and 0.9 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2005 $1,806,998
Budget: School Appropriations, 2005 $2,818,052
Zoning Ordinance 1956/05
Master Plan 1998
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Elkins 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
Concord Hospital, Concord 14 miles 295

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric; Concord Electric
Natural Gas Supplier KeySpan
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
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2005 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $37.43
2005 Equalization Ratio 42.8
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.96

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
96.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings
2.2%
Other Property including Utilities
1.6%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 972
   
2005 Single-Family Units 925
Building Permits Issued
14
2005 Multi-Family Units 35
Building Permits Issued
0
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 12
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 2,267 146,881
2000 1,991 136,716
1990 1,692 120,618
1980 1,410 98,302
1970 895 80,925

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
955
Female
1,024

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
108
Age 5 to 19
413
Age 20 to 34
219
Age 35 to 54
807
Age 55 to 64
227
Age 65 and over
205
Median Age
42.4 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
93.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher
43.4%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $27,374
Median 4-person family income $62,583
Median household income $58,026

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$41,302
Female
$32,312

Families below the poverty level 2.0%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
1,157 1,323
Employed
1,135 1,290
Unemployed
22 33
Unemployment Rate
1.9% 2.5%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
35 44
Average Weekly Wage
$366 $532
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
134 167
Average Weekly Wage
$371 $492
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
168 211
Average Weekly Wage
$370 $500
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
34 68
Average Weekly Wage
$346 $496
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
202 279
Average Weekly Wage
$366 $499
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 Shaker Regional (Belmont, Canterbury) District: SAU 80
Career Technology Center(s): J. Oliva Huot Technical Center, Laconia; Winnisquam Regional High School, Tilton Region: 08

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1 2
Grade Levels
K R 1-5 1-8
Total Enrollment
131
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 44
Nearest Community/Technical College: Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Franklin Pierce Law
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Canterbury Shaker Village Tours, restaurant 15+
Canterbury Elementary School Education 25
Gold Star Agricultural 60 +/-
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 106, 132
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 18
         Distance Local access
Railroad State owned line
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Concord Municipal
Runway
6,005 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 35 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
28 miles
Portland, ME
106 miles
Boston, MA
78 miles
New York City, NY
279 miles
Montreal, Quebec
246 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
81.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
5.5%
Public transportation
0.2%
Walked
1.7%
Other Means
1.1%
Worked at home
10.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.4 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
19%
Commuting to another NH community
77%
Commuting out-of-state
4%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X 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
Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
   
Other: Shaker Village
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 06/02/06

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