Ossipee, NH

Community Contact Town of Ossipee
Kathleen Maloney, Chair
55 Main Street, PO Box 67
Center Ossipee, NH 03814
Telephone (603) 539-4181
Fax (603) 539-4183
E-mail info@ossipee.org
Web Site http://ossipee.org
Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 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: 1785
Origin: Known as Wigwam Village, and then New Garden, this town bears the name of the Ossipee Indians. It was once the site of an Indian stockade fort, designed to protect the tribe from attacks by the Mohawks from the west. Early in 1725, the Indian stockade was destroyed, and then rebuilt by Captain John Lovewell of Dunstable. Later that year, Captain Lovewell led a small band of men to attack the Indians at Pequawket (now Fryeburg). Captain Lovewell did not survive the fight, but the battle was memorialized in The Ballad of Lovewell's Fight, and was the subject of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's first published poem, written at the age of 13.
Villages and Place Names: Center Ossipee, Chickville, Dorrs Corner, Granite, Long Sands, Moultonville, Ossipee Lake Shores, Ossipee Valley, Pollys Crossing, Roland Park, Water Village, West Ossipee
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 339 residents in 1790
Population Trends:Population change for Ossipee totaled 2,820 over 50 years, from 1,412 in 1950 to 4,232 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 50 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 35 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2008 Census estimate for Ossipee was 4,680 residents, which ranked 76th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 66.0 persons per square mile of land area. Ossipee contains 70.9 square miles of land area and 4.4 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2008 $3,930,198
Budget: School Appropriations, 2008 $7,841,067
Zoning Ordinance 1988/07
Master Plan 2006
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Ossipee Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department 3 Full-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Municipal & volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 15 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop; Wolfeboro
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Ossipee Water Department, Carroll County Complex

Sanitation Private septic & municipal
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 Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
Business
Yes
Residential
Limited

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration)
2008 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.15
2008 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.07

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
86.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings
12.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
1.1%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 3,173
2008 Single-Family Units 2,385
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
10
2008 Multi-Family Units 232
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 556
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 4,680 47,408
2000 4,232 43,918
1990 3,319 35,526
1980 2,465 27,929
1970 1,647 18,548

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
2,104
Female
2,107

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
201
Age 5 to 19
905
Age 20 to 34
556
Age 35 to 54
1,315
Age 55 to 64
486
Age 65 and over
748
Median Age
41.5 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
81.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher
16.1%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $18,092
Median 4-person family income $38,790
Median household income $34,709

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$27,388
Female
$21,579

Families below the poverty level 7.7%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
1,734 2,249
Employed
1,665 2,142
Unemployed
69 107
Unemployment Rate
4.0% 4.8%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
282 218
Average Weekly Wage
$616 $793
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
963 1,039
Average Weekly Wage
$341 $528
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
1,245 1,258
Average Weekly Wage
$403 $574
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
446 533
Average Weekly Wage
$416 $672
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
1,691 1,790
Average Weekly Wage
$406 $603
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 Governor Wentworth Regional (Brookfield, Effingham, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro) District:SAU 49
Career Technology Center(s): Region 9 Vocational Technical Center, Wolfeboro Region:09
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1 1
Grade Levels
P K 1-6 K 1-8
Total Enrollment
316 82
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:3 Total Capacity:81
Nearest Community/Technical College:Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Granite State College-Conway

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Carroll County Government Government services 100
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 60-70
McDonalds Fast food restaurant 45 1995
Ossipee Aggregates Corporation Sand, gravel 10-15 1960
Tufpak, Inc. Plastic bags 15 1976
Valueland IGA Supermarket 21
Job Lots Low cost merchandise 50 2005
Carroll County Courthouse
Town of Ossipee Municipal services
Northern Tire

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 16, 25, 28, 171
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 23 - 24
Distance 38 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
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 51 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 6

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
66 miles
Portland, ME
52 miles
Boston, MA
110 miles
New York City, NY
321 miles
Montreal, Quebec
243 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
82.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
8.7%
Public transportation
0.3%
Walked
2.7%
Other Means
0.5%
Worked at home
5.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
42%
Commuting to another NH community
51%
Commuting out-of-state
8%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
X 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
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X 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):King Pine
Other:Old Home Week

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 09/18/09

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