Northfield New Hampshire Community Profile

Northfield new hampshire community profile
Northfield, NH
Community Contact Town of Northfield
Board of Selectmen
21 Summer Street
Northfield, NH 03276

Telephone (603) 286-7039
Fax (603) 286-3328
E-mail northfld@metrocast.net
Web Site www.northfieldnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm, Tuesday, 8:30 am - 5 pm and 6 pm - 9 pm, closed Wednesday

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Franklin NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
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: 1780

Origin: Like many other towns, Northfield began with a group of residents who felt they lived too far from the center of town, in this case Canterbury, making it inconvenient to attend public affairs. Petitioners were granted a separate township in 1780. The Northfield library was called the 'Northfield Improving Society for the Promotion of Useful Knowledge,' the same title used by Benjamin Franklin in 1743 for the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. The library began with a supply of 24 books, charging an annual membership fee of $5, and continued under that name until 1842.

Villages and Place Names:

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 606 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Northfield totaled 3,008 over 50 years, from 1,561 in 1950 to 4,569 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 40 percent increase between 1980 and 1990, this followed a 39 percent increase over the previous decade. The 2005 Census estimate for Northfield was 4,972 residents, which ranked 67th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 173.9 persons per square mile of land area. Northfield contains 28.6 square miles of land area and 0.3 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2005 $3,102,340
Budget: School Appropriations Cooperative School District
Zoning Ordinance 1973/06
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Hall Memorial

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Town Fire Insurance Rating 5/9
Emergency Medical Service Full-time

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Franklin Regional, Franklin 3 miles 49

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop.
Natural Gas Supplier KeySpan
Water Supplier Tilton-Northfield Aqueduct Co.

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) $17.82
2005 Equalization Ratio 86.1
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.18

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
85.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings
11.3%
Other Property including Utilities
3.0%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 2,044
   
2005 Single-Family Units 1,261
Building Permits Issued
26
2005 Multi-Family Units 563
Building Permits Issued
70
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 220
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 4,972 146,881
2000 4,569 136,716
1990 4,277 120,618
1980 3,051 98,302
1970 2,193 80,925

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
2,261
Female
2,287

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
263
Age 5 to 19
1,142
Age 20 to 34
782
Age 35 to 54
1,600
Age 55 to 64
364
Age 65 and over
397
Median Age
36 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
81.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher
15.2%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $18,466
Median 4-person family income $48,787
Median household income $44,333

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$33,051
Female
$25,000

Families below the poverty level 0.9%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
2,812 2,823
Employed
2,735 2,731
Unemployed
77 92
Unemployment Rate
2.7% 3.3%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
451 535
Average Weekly Wage
$461 $730
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
242 326
Average Weekly Wage
$327 $509
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
693 861
Average Weekly Wage
$414 $646
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
26 174
Average Weekly Wage
$356 $561
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
719 1,035
Average Weekly Wage
$412 $632
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 Winnisquam Regional (Northfield, Sanbornton, Tilton) District: SAU 59
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
2
Grade Levels
P K 1-5
Total Enrollment
536
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 134
Nearest Community/Technical College: Concord; Laconia
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; Colby-Sawyer
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Freudenberg-NOK Manufacturing 200 1997
Wyman Gordon Investment castings 200 1951
Eptam Plastics Manufacturing 100 2002
Tobin Tool Manufacturing 100 1997
Spaulding Youth Center Youth program 25
Blouin Steel Manufacturing 10 1998
Pike Industries Asphalt 10 1998
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 132, 140
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 19
         Distance Local access
Railroad State owned line
Public Transportation No

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 40 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
35 miles
Portland, ME
99 miles
Boston, MA
85 miles
New York City, NY
288 miles
Montreal, Quebec
236 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
83.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
12.0%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
2.1%
Other Means
1.4%
Worked at home
1.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.4 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
13%
Commuting to another NH community
85%
Commuting out-of-state
3%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
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
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Ragged Mountain, Gunstock
   
Other: Pines Community Center
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