Center Harbor, NH

Community Contact Center Harbor Board of Selectmen
Robin Woodaman, Secretary to Selectmen
PO Box 140
Center Harbor, NH 03226
Telephone (603) 253-4561
Fax (603) 253-8420
E-mail chselectmen@metrocast.net
Web Site www.centerharbornh.org
Municipal Office Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 am - 3 pm, Wednesday, 9 am - 12 noon and 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
County Belknap
Labor Market Area Moultonborough NH LMA
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 1
Incorporated: 1797
Origin: Center Harbor gets its name from two sources: from its location, centered between Meredith and Moultonborough Harbors, and also for the Senter family, who were owners of a large amount of property in the area. The town was incorporated in 1797 after being separated from New Hampton. Center Harbor was a landing place for lake steamers and stagecoaches, making it a popular summer resort. Center Harbor was a favorite spot of John Greenleaf Whittier, and the home of Dudley Leavitt, author and publisher of the first Farmers Almanac in 1797.
Villages and Place Names: West Center Harbor
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 263 residents in 1800
Population Trends:Population change for Center Harbor totaled 549 over 50 years, from 451 in 1950 to 1,000 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 50 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, accounting for nearly half of the total numeric change. The 2008 Census estimate for Center Harbor was 1,106 residents, which ranked 177th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 83.0 persons per square mile of land area. Center Harbor contains 13.3 square miles of land area and 2.9 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2008 $2,723,062
Budget: School Appropriations, 2008 $2,290,704
Zoning Ordinance 1969/05
Master Plan 1990
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library James E. Nichols Memorial

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 15 miles 25
Lakes Region General, Laconia 16 miles 113

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells

Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
none
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Mandatory

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

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration)
2008 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $10.09
2008 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $10.09

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
95.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings
3.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
0.4%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 737
2008 Single-Family Units 675
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
4
2008 Multi-Family Units 15
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 47
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 1,106 61,281
2000 1,000 56,576
1990 979 49,294
1980 808 42,884
1970 540 32,367

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
499
Female
497

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
43
Age 5 to 19
189
Age 20 to 34
118
Age 35 to 54
349
Age 55 to 64
124
Age 65 and over
173
Median Age
44.6 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
91.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher
35.3%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $25,627
Median 4-person family income $55,938
Median household income $51,806

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$35,526
Female
$24,231

Families below the poverty level 4.4%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
631 710
Employed
621 683
Unemployed
10 27
Unemployment Rate
1.6% 3.8%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
31 60
Average Weekly Wage
$752 $956
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
409 386
Average Weekly Wage
$358 $520
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
440 446
Average Weekly Wage
$386 $579
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
13 24
Average Weekly Wage
$625 $717
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
453 470
Average Weekly Wage
$392 $586
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
Grade Levels
7-12
Total Enrollment
78
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:1 Total Capacity:14
Nearest Community/Technical College:Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Plymouth State University

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
EM Heath, Inc. Hardware, rental center 50 1945
Keepsake Quilting Quilting supplies 30 1991
Bay Gull Bagel shop 10 1995
Maxwell Real Estate Real estate 10 2007

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 25, 25B
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 23
Distance 13 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Moultonborough Airport
Runway
3,475 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 68 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 6

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
62 miles
Portland, ME
75 miles
Boston, MA
112 miles
New York City, NY
316 miles
Montreal, Quebec
225 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
84.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
9.5%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
1.9%
Other Means
0.0%
Worked at home
4.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 21.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
19%
Commuting to another NH community
78%
Commuting out-of-state
3%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
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
Bowling Facilities
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
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
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):Gunstock
Other:Proctor Sanctuary

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 09/15/09

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