Washington New Hampshire Community Profile

Washington new hampshire community profile
Washington, NH
Community Contact Town of Washington
Guy L. Eaton, Selectman
7 Halfmoon Pond Road
Washington, NH 03280

Telephone (603) 495-3661
Fax (603) 495-3299
E-mail selectmen@washingtonnh.org
Web Site www.washingtonnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Tuesday, 9 am - 2 pm, Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm, meeting 7 pm; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Thursday, 3 pm - 9 pm, Friday 9 am - 4 pm, and last Saturday of the month, 9 am - 1 pm

County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Hillsborough 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 2
State Senate
District 8
State Representative
Sullivan County District 2
Incorporated: 1776

Origin: This territory was first granted in 1735 by the Massachusetts government. It was named Monadnock Number 8, one of the fort towns designated to protect the colonies from Indian attack. In 1752, the Masonian Proprietors issued a new grant to Captain Peter Prescott and others, who called it New Concord. Those settlers forfeited claim, and the territory was granted yet again in 1768 to Reuben Kidder and others, under the name of Camden. In December 1776, residents petitioned the newly established American revolutionary government for incorporation of their town as Washington, in honor of General George Washington.

Villages and Place Names: East Washington, Washington Center

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 545 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Washington totaled 739 over 50 years, from 168 in 1950 to 907 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was 66 percent between 1970 and 1980; population increased 53 percent from 1960 to 1970 and from 1980 to 1990. The 2006 Census estimate for Washington was 1,060 residents, which tied with Jefferson in ranking 182nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 23.3 persons per square mile of land area. Washington contains 45.5 square miles of land area and 2.2 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $1,491,658
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance 1974/04
Master Plan 1992
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery; Treasurer; Assessors; Moderator; Fire Chief; Road Agent; Town Clerk; Tax Collector
Appointed:
Conservation; Parks & Recreation; Zoning; Police Chief; Health Officer; Forestry

Public Library Shedd Free

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
Valley Regional, Claremont 25 miles 45
New London Hospital, New London 28 miles 35

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
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; Granite State
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access No
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2006 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.44
2006 Equalization Ratio 100
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.44

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
97.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings
0.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
1.7%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 1,065
   
2006 Single-Family Units 993
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
15
2006 Multi-Family Units 24
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 48
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 1,060 42,979
2000 907 40,560
1990 629 38,652
1980 411 36,063
1970 248 30,949

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
458
Female
437

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
44
Age 5 to 19
167
Age 20 to 34
108
Age 35 to 54
276
Age 55 to 64
140
Age 65 and over
160
Median Age
45 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
89.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher
21.3%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $20,540
Median 4-person family income $50,000
Median household income $43,125

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$34,688
Female
$26,333

Families below the poverty level 3.1%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
338 479
Employed
329 463
Unemployed
9 16
Unemployment Rate
2.7% 3.3%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
n 31
Average Weekly Wage
n $345
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
n 9
Average Weekly Wage
n $797
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
24 40
Average Weekly Wage
$429 $445
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
15 47
Average Weekly Wage
$258 $313
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
39 87
Average Weekly Wage
$362 $373
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Washington operates grades K-5; grades 6-12 are tuitioned to Hillsborough-Deering Cooperative (Deering, Hillsborough) District: SAU 34
Career Technology Center(s): Concord High School; Pembroke Academy Region: 11

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
K 1-5
Total Enrollment
78
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Claremont
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England; Keene State; Colby-Sawyer; Antioch New England
LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Eccardt Farm Dairy 8
Washington Highway Department Road maintenance 5
Washington General Store Convenience store 3
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 31
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 5
         Distance 25 miles
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
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 44 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
40 miles
Portland, ME
133 miles
Boston, MA
98 miles
New York City, NY
250 miles
Montreal, Quebec
227 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
75.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
12.6%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
2.5%
Other Means
1.0%
Worked at home
8.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 36.6 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
20%
Commuting to another NH community
72%
Commuting out-of-state
8%
   
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
X 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: Highland Lake; Pillsbury State Park
Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 08/20/07

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