Sunapee New Hampshire Community Profile

Sunapee new hampshire community profile
Sunapee, NH
Community Contact Town of Sunapee
Donna Nashawaty, Town Manager
PO Box 717
Sunapee, NH 03782

Telephone (603) 763-2212
Fax (603) 763-4925
E-mail donna@town.sunapee.nh.us
Web Site www.town.sunapee.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 am - 5 pm, Wednesday, 8 am - 1 pm, and second and fourth Saturday each of month, 9 am - 12 noon

County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Newport NH LMA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley/Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 1
State Senate
District 8
State Representative
Sullivan County District 3
Incorporated: 1781

Origin: This territory was first settled by Oliver Corey and other soldiers from the French wars, and known as Corey's Town. Oliver Corey was a grantee on the 1768 charter naming the town Saville. Another grantee, John Wendell, became a principal landowner, and the town was renamed Wendell in 1781 upon petition of residents. The name Sunapee was substituted for Wendell by the Legislature in 1850. Town, lake, and mountain share the name Sunapee, which comes from the Algonquin Indian words suna, meaning goose, and apee, meaning lake. The Indians called the area Goose Lake because it was a favorite spot of wild geese.

Villages and Place Names: Burkehaven, Fernwood, Georges Mills, Granliden, Wendell

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 267 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Sunapee totaled 1,961 over 50 years, from 1,108 in 1950 to 3,069 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 67 percent between 1970 and 1980; the smallest, five percent between 1950 and 1960. The 2006 Census estimate for Sunapee was 3,355 residents, which ranked 104th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 159.3 persons per square mile of land area. Sunapee contains 21.1 square miles of land area and 4.1 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen/Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2005 $6,717,140
Budget: School Appropriations, 2005 $8,293,589
Zoning Ordinance 1987/07
Master Plan 1998
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Trust Funds; Water & Sewer
Appointed:
Conservation; Town Bldgs; Budget

Public Library Abbott

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
New London Hospital, New London 8 miles 35

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Municipal

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
None
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Mandatory

Telephone Company Comcast
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Limited
Residential
Limited

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2006 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $11.66
2006 Equalization Ratio 86.2
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $10.10

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
95.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings
3.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
1.2%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 2,365
   
2006 Single-Family Units 1,897
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
25
2006 Multi-Family Units 392
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
9
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 76
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 3,355 42,979
2000 3,069 40,560
1990 2,613 38,652
1980 2,312 36,063
1970 1,384 30,949

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
1,544
Female
1,511

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
128
Age 5 to 19
642
Age 20 to 34
431
Age 35 to 54
996
Age 55 to 64
339
Age 65 and over
519
Median Age
41.7 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
92.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher
37.1%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $29,184
Median 4-person family income $55,909
Median household income $49,353

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$40,720
Female
$27,237

Families below the poverty level 3.8%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
1,530 1,720
Employed
1,496 1,668
Unemployed
34 52
Unemployment Rate
2.2% 3.0%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
120 188
Average Weekly Wage
$402 $655
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
300 291
Average Weekly Wage
$282 $514
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
420 479
Average Weekly Wage
$316 $569
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
252 182
Average Weekly Wage
$372 $644
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
672 660
Average Weekly Wage
$337 $590
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Sunapee operates grades K-12 District: SAU 43
Career Technology Center(s): Sugar River Valley Technical Center, Newport or Claremont Region: 10

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1 1 1 1
Grade Levels
K 1-5 6-8 9-12 K 1-12
Total Enrollment
203 123 176 56
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 38
Nearest Community/Technical College: Claremont
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Colby-Sawyer; Magdalen
LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Sunapee School District Education 78 FT
Town of Sunapee Municipal services 31 FT/20 PT + summer 1781
Micro-Precision, Inc. Machining 40 1961
Bonin Machine Shop Machine tools 5 1994
Lake Sunapee Bank Banking 4 1868
Sugar River Bank Banking 4 1895
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 11, 103, 103B
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 12A
         Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Parlin Field, Newport
Runway
3,450 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
No  Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 28 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
55 miles
Portland, ME
140 miles
Boston, MA
105 miles
New York City, NY
264 miles
Montreal, Quebec
212 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
84.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
6.6%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
1.4%
Other Means
0.7%
Worked at home
6.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 24.4 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
21%
Commuting to another NH community
72%
Commuting out-of-state
6%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
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
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mt Sunapee
   
Other: Lake Sunapee Cruises; Sunapee State Beach
Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 08/21/07

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