New Castle New Hampshire Community Profile

 New castle new hampshire community profile
New Castle, NH
Community Contact Town of New Castle
Robert Beecher, Chairman
PO Box 367
New Castle, NH 03854

Telephone (603) 431-6710
Fax (603) 433-6198
E-mail newcastlenh@comcast.net
Web Site www.newcastlenh.org/Town/

Municipal Office Hours Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8 am - 2 pm; Town Clerk: Monday and Wednesday, 9 am - 1 pm, Thursday, 11 am - 3 pm; Tax Collector: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 am - 2 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Portsmouth NH-ME Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Coastal Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress
District 1
Executive Council
District 3
State Senate
District 24
State Representative
Rockingham County District 18
Incorporated: 1693

Origin: The largest of several islands at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, this town was originally known as Great Island. Chartered in 1679 as a parish of Portsmouth, it was incorporated in 1693 during the reign of William and Mary. For a number of years, this was the seat of government, where meetings of the governor and council were held. New Castle is unique in the state, being the only town made up entirely of islands, connected to the mainland by bridges. New Castle is home to the Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel, where delegates to the Russo-Japanese Peace Treaty of 1905 stayed during negotiations held at the nearby Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The treaty negotiation and signing, which elevated Japan to an international power at the conclusion of the Russo-Japanese War, was held in the Portsmouth area at the specific invitation of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Villages and Place Names:

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 534 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for New Castle totaled 429 over 50 years, from 583 in 1950 to 1,012 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 20 percent increase between 1990 and 2000, which followed a ten percent decrease over the previous decade. The 2005 Census estimate for New Castle was 1,034 residents, which ranked 184th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 1,276.5 persons per square mile of land area, the fourth highest among the cities and towns. New Castle contains 0.8 square miles of land area and 1.3 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2005 $1,242,659
Budget: School Appropriations, 2005 $1,416,209
Zoning Ordinance 1954/06
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library New Castle Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time & on call
Fire Department Full & part-time
Town Fire Insurance Rating 5
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Portsmouth Regional, Portsmouth 4 miles 209

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier New Castle Water Works

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

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) $5.03
2005 Equalization Ratio 90.3
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $4.54

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
93.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings
6.6%
Other Property including Utilities
0.2%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 512
   
2005 Single-Family Units 453
Building Permits Issued
1
2005 Multi-Family Units 59
Building Permits Issued
0
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 0
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 1,034 295,076
2000 1,012 278,748
1990 843 246,744
1980 936 190,345
1970 975 138,951

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
494
Female
516

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
43
Age 5 to 19
155
Age 20 to 34
83
Age 35 to 54
316
Age 55 to 64
170
Age 65 and over
243
Median Age
49.6 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
96.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher
61.5%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $67,695
Median 4-person family income $93,290
Median household income $83,708

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$57,375
Female
$35,568

Families below the poverty level 0.0%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
334 529
Employed
322 513
Unemployed
12 16
Unemployment Rate
3.6% 3.0%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
n n
Average Weekly Wage
n n
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
n n
Average Weekly Wage
n n
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
n n
Average Weekly Wage
n n
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
25 36
Average Weekly Wage
$425 $533
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
n n
Average Weekly Wage
n n
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: New Castle operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Portsmouth District: SAU 50
Career Technology Center(s): Portsmouth High School Region: 19

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
K 1-6
Total Enrollment
61
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Stratham
Nearest Colleges or Universities: McIntosh; Hesser; University of NH
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Wentworth Hotel Hotel, spa 100
Wentworth Marina Marina 12
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 1B
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95, Exit 7
         Distance 4 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Pease International
Runway
11,321 ft. asphalt/concrete
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Pease International Distance 7 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 2

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
47 miles
Portland, ME
53 miles
Boston, MA
59 miles
New York City, NY
271 miles
Montreal, Quebec
303 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
79.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
6.9%
Public transportation
0.4%
Walked
2.4%
Other Means
2.0%
Worked at home
9.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.5 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
16%
Commuting to another NH community
68%
Commuting out-of-state
16%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
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
X Boating/Marinas
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
   
Other: Fort Constitution & Fort Stark
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 06/23/06

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