Wakefield, NH

Community Contact Town of Wakefield
Robin Frost, Town Administrator
2 High Street, Town Hall
Sanbornville, NH 03872
Telephone (603) 522-6205
Fax (603) 522-6794
E-mail townadmin@wakefieldnh.com
Web Site www.wakefieldnh.com
Municipal Office Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, and Wednesday, 8 am - 12 noon
County Carroll
Labor Market Area Rochester-Dover NH-ME Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Wentworth Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress
District 1
Executive Council
District 1
State Senate
District 3
State Representative
Carroll County District 5
Incorporated: 1774
Origin: This territory was settled by colonists from Dover and Somersworth who received a charter from the Masonian Proprietors in 1749. The settlement was known variously as Ham's-town, East-town, and Watertown. In 1774, residents petitioned the Proprietors for incorporation with township powers and privileges, and it was incorporated as Wakefield by Governor John Wentworth. Wakefield in Yorkshire, England, was the location of Wentworth Castle, the home of Wentworth ancestors. In 2002, the Wakefield Town Hall was listed on the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places.
Villages and Place Names: East Wakefield, North Wakefield, Sanbornville, Union, Woodman, Province Lake
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 646 residents in 1790
Population Trends:Population change for Wakefield totaled 3,009 over 50 years, from 1,267 in 1950 to 4,276 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 58 percent between 1970 and 1980, followed by increases of 37 percent and 40 percent over the next two decades. The 2008 Census estimate for Wakefield was 4,759 residents, which ranked 74th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 120.4 persons per square mile of land area. Wakefield contains 39.5 square miles of land area and 5.3 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2009 $4,442,065
Budget: School Appropriations, 2008-2009 $8,967,718
Zoning Ordinance 1986/09
Master Plan 2003
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Planning; Budget; School; Assessors
Appointed:
Conservation; Cemetery; Zoning; Heritage; Parks & Recreation; Cable

Public Library Gafney Library, Inc.; Wakefield Library Association

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 13 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Sanbornville Water Department

Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
Private
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Mandatory

Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:
Business
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration)
2008 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $9.81
2008 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $9.77

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
96.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings
2.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
0.6%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 3,912
2008 Single-Family Units 3,388
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
20
2008 Multi-Family Units 234
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 290
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 4,759 47,408
2000 4,276 43,918
1990 3,064 35,526
1980 2,237 27,929
1970 1,420 18,548

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
2,103
Female
2,149

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
250
Age 5 to 19
923
Age 20 to 34
600
Age 35 to 54
1,378
Age 55 to 64
464
Age 65 and over
637
Median Age
40.1 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
85.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher
17.5%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $21,507
Median 4-person family income $45,774
Median household income $42,500

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$35,804
Female
$24,898

Families below the poverty level 5.1%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
1,816 2,482
Employed
1,743 2,367
Unemployed
73 115
Unemployment Rate
4.0% 4.6%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
45 72
Average Weekly Wage
$486 $609
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
267 318
Average Weekly Wage
$253 $413
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
312 390
Average Weekly Wage
$287 $449
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
212 333
Average Weekly Wage
$427 $626
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
524 723
Average Weekly Wage
$343 $530
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Wakefield operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Rochester District:SAU 64
Career Technology Center(s): Dover Voc. Center; Somersworth Reg. Voc. Center; Creteau Voc. Center, Rochester Region:12
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
2 1
Grade Levels
K 1-8 P
Total Enrollment
490 18
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:4 Total Capacity:127
Nearest Community/Technical College:Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities:University of NH; Nasson (ME)

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Longmeadow Hardware Hardware 18
Lovell Lake Food Center Convenience store 35
Badman Family Practice Health care services 7 1993
Poor Peoples Pub Restaurant 35

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 16, 109, 110, 153
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 18; I-95, Exit 5
Distance 6 miles; 40 miles
Railroad NH Northcoast
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Skyhaven, Rochester
Runway
4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Jetport Distance 48 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 6

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
62 miles
Portland, ME
52 miles
Boston, MA
94 miles
New York City, NY
305 miles
Montreal, Quebec
259 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
78.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
13.5%
Public transportation
0.4%
Walked
2.1%
Other Means
0.7%
Worked at home
4.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 38.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
21%
Commuting to another NH community
68%
Commuting out-of-state
11%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
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
X 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
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):Gunstock, King Pine
Other:

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 09/21/09

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