Meredith New Hampshire Community Profile

Meredith new hampshire community profile
Meredith, NH
Community Contact Town of Meredith
Carol Granfield, Town Manager
41 Main Street
Meredith, NH 03253

Telephone (603) 279-4538
Fax (603) 279-1153
E-mail cgranfield@meredithnh.org
Web Site www.meredithnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm.

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 2
State Representative
Belknap County District 3
Incorporated: 1768

Origin: Meredith was first granted in 1748 to a group of settlers led by Samuel Palmer, a teacher of surveying and navigation, who had laid out much of the land surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee. It was known as Palmer's-Town, or Second Township, since it was the second town granted by the Masonian Proprietors that lay at the lake. Many settlers were from Salem, Massachusetts, and the town was later called New Salem. In 1768, the town was incorporated by Governor John Wentworth as Meredith, for Sir William Meredith, who allied with William Pitt in opposition to taxation on the colonies.

Villages and Place Names: Bear Island, East Bear Island, Leavitt Park, Lovejoy Sands, Meredith Center

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 881 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Meredith totaled 3,753 over 50 years, from 2,222 in 1950 to 5,975 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 60 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; the smallest, just four percent between 1980 and 1990. The 2006 Census estimate for Meredith was 6,667 residents, which ranked 46th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 165.4 persons per square mile of land area. Meredith contains 40.3 square miles of land area and 14.2 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen/Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2007 $12,317,342
Budget: School Appropriations, 2007 $12,679,034
Zoning Ordinance 1971/06
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planner/Engineer/CEO

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen
Appointed:
Planning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery; Zoning; Parks & Recreation

Public Library Meredith Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time Chief
Town Fire Insurance Rating 5/8B
Emergency Medical Service Commercial

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Lakes Region General, Laconia 10 miles 137

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Meredith Water Dept.

Sanitation Municipal
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 Yes
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Limited
Residential
Limited

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2006 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $10.74
2006 Equalization Ratio 96.5
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $10.35

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
91.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings
7.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
0.4%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 4,698
   
2006 Single-Family Units 3,778
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
23
2006 Multi-Family Units 625
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
46
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 295
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 6,667 61,562
2000 5,975 56,576
1990 4,846 49,294
1980 4,646 42,884
1970 2,904 32,367

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
2,938
Female
3,005

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
290
Age 5 to 19
1,158
Age 20 to 34
787
Age 35 to 54
1,971
Age 55 to 64
738
Age 65 and over
999
Median Age
42.5 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
89.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher
30.3%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $24,867
Median 4-person family income $54,764
Median household income $42,758

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$35,766
Female
$26,772

Families below the poverty level 4.2%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
2,832 3,470
Employed
2,728 3,365
Unemployed
104 105
Unemployment Rate
3.7% 3.0%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
706 656
Average Weekly Wage
$551 $922
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
2,033 2,119
Average Weekly Wage
$365 $616
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
2,738 2,775
Average Weekly Wage
$413 $689
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
311 359
Average Weekly Wage
$485 $716
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
3,049 3,133
Average Weekly Wage
$420 $692
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 Inter-Lakes Cooperative (Center Harbor, Meredith, Sandwich) District: SAU 2
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 1
Grade Levels
P K 1-4 5-8 9-12 K 1-8
Total Enrollment
356 374 447 50
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 173
Nearest Community/Technical College: Laconia
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University
LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Vutek Color ink machinery 380 1988
Interlakes School System Education 228
Meredith Village Savings Bank Banking 210 1869
Golden View Nursing home 130
Hampshire Hospitality Holdings Hospitality 115 1983
Town of Meredith Municipal Services 78
Remcom/North Corporation Machine electrical connectors 65 1983
Meredith Harley Davidson Motorcycle retail, repair, service 64 1983
Annalee Mobilite Dolls, Inc. Soft sculpture dolls 50 1962
Ippolito's Furniture Furniture sales 36 1978
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 3
  State Routes 104, 132, 25
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 23
         Distance 9 miles
Railroad State owned line
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 56 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
58 miles
Portland, ME
80 miles
Boston, MA
108 miles
New York City, NY
311 miles
Montreal, Quebec
226 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
78.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
11.1%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
3.8%
Other Means
0.6%
Worked at home
6.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
40%
Commuting to another NH community
56%
Commuting out-of-state
4%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X 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
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
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
   
Other: Annalee Doll Museum; Scenic Railroad
Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 10/24/07

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