Gilford New Hampshire Community Profile

Gilford new hampshire community profile
Gilford, NH
Community Contact Town of Gilford
Evans E. Juris, Town Administrator
47 Cherry Valley Road
Gilford, NH 03249

Telephone (603) 527-4700
Fax (603) 527-4711
E-mail selectmen@gilfordnh.org
Web Site www.gilfordnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk/Tax Collector extended hours until 7 pm on Thursday

County Belknap
Labor Market Area Laconia NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Belknap County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress
District 1
Executive Council
District 1
State Senate
District 4
State Representative
Belknap County District 5
Incorporated: 1812

Origin: Once a part of Gilmanton called Gunstock Parish, this town was named for a key battle at the end of the revolution, the Battle of Guilford Court House, North Carolina. The American forces managed to deplete Cornwallis's army so they were forced to retreat, leading to the surrender at Yorktown. Sargent Lemuel B. Mason, who had fought in that battle, had retired to Gunstock Parish. As the town's oldest citizen when it was incorporated in 1812, Sargent Mason had the honor of selecting a name, and he chose Gilford. North Carolina's Guilford Court House has long since been renamed Martinsville.

Villages and Place Names: Ames, Dockham Shore, Glendale, Lake Shore Park, Belknap Point

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,816 residents in 1820

Population Trends: Population change for Gilford totaled 5,585 over 50 years, from 1,251 in 1950 to 6,836 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was 63 percent between 1950 and 1960, followed by increases of 58 percent and 50 percent over the next two decades. The 2006 Census estimate for Gilford was 7,453 residents, which ranked 41st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 192.1 persons per square mile of land area. Gilford contains 38.8 square miles of land area and 14.7 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2007 $10,562,441
Budget: School Appropriations, 2007 $22,611,735
Zoning Ordinance 1962/07
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Fire Engineer; School; Library; Budget
Appointed:
Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Recreation; Historic

Public Library Gilford Public

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
Lakes Region General, Laconia 4 miles 137

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier KeySpan
Water Supplier Gilford Village District; Gunstock Acres Village District

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
Private
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Voluntary

Telephone Company Verizon
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
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) $15.83
2006 Equalization Ratio 92.2
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.54

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
91.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings
7.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
0.5%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 4,798
   
2006 Single-Family Units 3,620
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
51
2006 Multi-Family Units 567
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
4
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 611
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 7,453 61,562
2000 6,836 56,576
1990 6,016 49,294
1980 4,841 42,884
1970 3,219 32,367

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
3,259
Female
3,544

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
361
Age 5 to 19
1,368
Age 20 to 34
788
Age 35 to 54
2,328
Age 55 to 64
813
Age 65 and over
1,145
Median Age
42.9 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
93.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher
34.9%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $32,667
Median 4-person family income $56,554
Median household income $48,658

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$38,839
Female
$27,325

Families below the poverty level 2.2%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
3,480 3,777
Employed
3,372 3,655
Unemployed
108 122
Unemployment Rate
3.1% 3.2%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
480 485
Average Weekly Wage
$594 $763
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
1,521 2,167
Average Weekly Wage
$317 $566
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
2,001 2,652
Average Weekly Wage
$383 $602
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
428 526
Average Weekly Wage
$476 $631
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
2,429 3,178
Average Weekly Wage
$400 $607
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Gilford operates grades K-12 District: SAU 73
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 1 1
Grade Levels
K 1-4 5-8 9-12
Total Enrollment
404 382 575
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 11 Total Capacity: 215
Nearest Community/Technical College: Laconia
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University
LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Gunstock Recreation Area Recreation 550
Gilford School District Education 260
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 200 1991
Wal-Mart Department store 200 1998
Laconia Savings Bank Banking services 115 2002
Shaws Supermarket Supermarket 113 2001
Town of Gilford Municipal services 83 1812
Orthopedic Professional Association Medical services 50 1999
WLNH/WLKZ/WEMJ Radio stations 33
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 11, 11A, 11B, 11C
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 20
         Distance 12 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation Yes

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Laconia Municipal
Runway
5,286 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 54 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
48 miles
Portland, ME
84 miles
Boston, MA
98 miles
New York City, NY
302 miles
Montreal, Quebec
241 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
87.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
6.6%
Public transportation
0.2%
Walked
1.8%
Other Means
0.3%
Worked at home
3.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.8 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
29%
Commuting to another NH community
65%
Commuting out-of-state
6%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X 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
X 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
X Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
   
Other: Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center; Ellacoya State Beach
Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 09/25/07

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