Freedom, NH

Community Contact Town of Freedom
Board of Selectmen
33 Old Portland Road, PO Box 227
Freedom, NH 03836
Telephone (603) 539-6323
Fax (603) 539-8270
E-mail not available
Web Site www.townoffreedom.net
Municipal Office Hours Administrative Assistant: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 3 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, Wednesday, 6:30 pm - 8 pm, and Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon; Tax Collector: First Tuesday, 7 pm - 9 pm, and the second and fourth Monday, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
County Carroll
Labor Market Area Conway NH-ME LMA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Mount Washington Valley Economic Council
Election Districts
US Congress
District 1
Executive Council
District 1
State Senate
District 3
State Representative
Carroll County District 3
Incorporated: 1831
Origin: Effingham, chartered in 1749, had a substantial amount of fertile farm and mill stream land. This land was attractive to settlers from Maine, and many came across the border to settle in Effingham. There was a conflict of culture and religion between the liberal new colonists and conservative people from the seacoast who already lived in Effingham. As a result, a section of that town known as North Effingham was separated into a town of its own. Incorporated as North Effingham in 1831, the town's name was appropriately changed to Freedom in 1832.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 926 residents in 1840
Population Trends:Population change for Freedom totaled 997 over 50 years, from 315 in 1950 to 1,312 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was an 86 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, accounting for a third of the 50-year numeric growth. The 2008 Census estimate for Freedom was 1,434 residents, which ranked 162nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 41.6 persons per square mile of land area. Freedom contains 34.5 square miles of land area and 3.4 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2009 $2,448,288
Budget: School Appropriations, 2009-2010 $3,632,667
Zoning Ordinance 1987/09
Master Plan 2008
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By State

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

Public Library Freedom Public

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 23 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells & Freedom Water Precinct

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 Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Yes
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) $9.90
2008 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $9.89

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
97.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings
2.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
0.7%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 1,618
2008 Single-Family Units 1,381
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
10
2008 Multi-Family Units 105
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 132
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 1,434 47,408
2000 1,312 43,918
1990 938 35,526
1980 720 27,929
1970 387 18,548

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
635
Female
668

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
52
Age 5 to 19
182
Age 20 to 34
145
Age 35 to 54
416
Age 55 to 64
195
Age 65 and over
313
Median Age
48.6 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
92.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher
31.2%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $23,036
Median 4-person family income $49,167
Median household income $40,187

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$32,150
Female
$26,000

Families below the poverty level 4.6%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
554 746
Employed
538 717
Unemployed
16 29
Unemployment Rate
2.9% 3.9%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
39 26
Average Weekly Wage
$458 $805
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
141 125
Average Weekly Wage
$488 $580
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
180 151
Average Weekly Wage
$481 $619
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
27 63
Average Weekly Wage
$359 $580
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
207 214
Average Weekly Wage
$465 $608
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Freedom operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Conway District:SAU 13
Career Technology Center(s): Kennett High School, Conway Region:06
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
P K 1-6
Total Enrollment
89
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:0 Total Capacity:0
Nearest Community/Technical College:Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Granite State College-Conway

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
International Paper Company Mill yard
Danforth Bay Campground Campground
Totem Pole Park Campground
Camp Calumet Children's camp
Camp Cody Children's camp
Camp Huckins YMCA camp
Bobby Sue's Ice Cream shop
Federal Piping Plumbing & Heating
Freedom Hardware Hardware store
Freedom Market Convenience store, sport shop

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 25, 153
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 23
Distance 42 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
Portland (ME) International Jetport Distance 44 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 6

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
73 miles
Portland, ME
46 miles
Boston, MA
117 miles
New York City, NY
328 miles
Montreal, Quebec
236 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
82.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
7.2%
Public transportation
0.8%
Walked
1.8%
Other Means
1.8%
Worked at home
5.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
22%
Commuting to another NH community
65%
Commuting out-of-state
12%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
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
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
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
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):King Pine
Other:

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 09/16/09

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