Mason New Hampshire Community Profile

 Mason new hampshire community profile
Mason, NH
Community Contact Mason Board of Selectmen
C. Christopher Guiry, Chairman
16 Darling Hill Road
Mason, NH 03048

Telephone (603) 878-2070
Fax (603) 878-4892
E-mail not available
Web Site not available

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 am - 3 pm; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Tuesday, 1 pm - 4 pm, Wednesday, 6:30 pm - 8 pm, and Thursday, 9 am - 12 noon

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division, NH Portion
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Gateway Industrial Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 5
State Senate
District 12
State Representative
Hillsborough County District 5
Incorporated: 1768

Origin: This territory was first known as Number 1, the first in a line of border towns including area allotted to this state by Massachusetts upon establishment of New Hampshire as a separate province in 1741. The initial charter was granted in 1749 to William Lawrence and others. In 1768, Governor John Wentworth named it in honor of Captain John Mason, even though residents had voted to name their town Sharon a couple of months earlier. Captain Mason was the holder of patent with title to the land that became New Hampshire. Mason was the boyhood home of Uncle Sam, Samuel Wilson.

Villages and Place Names:

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 922 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Mason totaled 867 over 50 years, from 288 in 1950 to 1,155 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 73 percent increase between 1980 and 1990; this was followed by a 16 percent decrease in population between 1990 and 2000. The 2005 Census estimate for Mason was 1,304 residents, which ranked 168th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 54.4 persons per square mile of land area. Mason contains 24.0 square miles of land area and 0.01 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2005 $1,111,027
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance 1967/05
Master Plan 1981
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Checklist
Appointed:
Planning; Zoning; Recreation; Conservation; Financial Advisory; Forestry

Public Library Mason Public

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 15 miles 62
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 20 miles 208
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 21 miles 188

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
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; Wilton
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access No
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
No
Residential
No

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2005 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $17.82
2005 Equalization Ratio 81.5
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.57

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
98.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings
0.2%
Other Property including Utilities
1.6%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 535
   
2005 Single-Family Units 515
Building Permits Issued
10
2005 Multi-Family Units 0
Building Permits Issued
0
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 17
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 1,304 401,291
2000 1,155 382,384
1990 1,369 336,549
1980 792 276,608
1970 518 223,941

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
591
Female
556

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
65
Age 5 to 19
238
Age 20 to 34
156
Age 35 to 54
492
Age 55 to 64
99
Age 65 and over
97
Median Age
39.9 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
89.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher
30.9%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $28,503
Median 4-person family income $61,908
Median household income $60,433

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$43,558
Female
$26,042

Families below the poverty level 3.6%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
717 778
Employed
683 745
Unemployed
34 33
Unemployment Rate
4.7% 4.2%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
18 25
Average Weekly Wage
$360 $830
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
41 95
Average Weekly Wage
$411 $256
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
59 120
Average Weekly Wage
$396 $376
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
20 23
Average Weekly Wage
$354 $498
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
79 142
Average Weekly Wage
$385 $395
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Grades 1-12 are part of Mascenic Regional (Greenville, Mason, New Ipswich) District: SAU 63
Career Technology Center(s): Region 14 Applied Technology Center, Peterborough Region: 14

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
P 1-4
Total Enrollment
81
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 54
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Daniel Webster; Franklin Pierce; Rivier; Keene State
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Parkers Maple Barn Restaurant & Gift Shops Food, gifts
Pickity Place Food, gifts, herb plants
The Driving Range Golf, food
Fletcher's Quarry Quarrying granite
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 31, 123, 124
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exit 6;
I-495 (MA), Exit 31
         Distance 18 miles; 22 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Jaffrey - Silver Ranch
Runway
2,982 ft. turf/asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 32 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
30 miles
Portland, ME
127 miles
Boston, MA
53 miles
New York City, NY
218 miles
Montreal, Quebec
278 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
80.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
12.2%
Public transportation
0.5%
Walked
2.8%
Other Means
0.3%
Worked at home
3.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 36.1 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
16%
Commuting to another NH community
50%
Commuting out-of-state
34%
   
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)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
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): Pat's Peak
   
Other: Samuel "Uncle Sam" Wilson's boyhood home
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