Acworth, NH

Community Contact Town of Acworth
Kathi Bradt, Administrative Assistant
PO Box 37
Acworth, NH 03601
Telephone (603) 835-6879
Fax (603) 835-7901
E-mail townoff@sover.net
Web Site www.acworth.cc
Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; Town Clerk: Tuesday, 5:30 pm - 8 pm, and Saturday, 8 am - 12 noon;
Tax Collector: Monday, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Charlestown 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 5
Incorporated: 1766
Origin: Acworth was first chartered in 1752 as Burnet, in honor of William Burnet, who was appointed Colonial Governor for the provinces of Massachusetts and New Hampshire in 1728 but died shortly thereafter. No settlements were made under this charter, and in 1766 the Masonian proprietors regranted the land to new settlers under the name Acworth, honoring Sir Jacob Acworth of the British Admiralty. Acworth's meetinghouse, built in 1821 and now the Congregational Church, is known for its federal-style architecture. Both the church and the Acworth Silsby Library are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Villages and Place Names: Crescent Lake, East Acworth, South Acworth
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 704 residents in 1790
Population Trends:Population change for Acworth totaled 419 over 50 years, from 418 in 1950 to 837 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 32 percent increase 1980 and 1990, which followed a 29 percent increase over the previous decade. The 2008 Census estimate for Acworth was 913 residents, which ranked 190th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 23.5 persons per square mile of land area. Acworth contains 38.9 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2005 $882,621
Budget: School Appropriations, not available
Zoning Ordinance 1970/09
Master Plan 2008
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Acworth Silsby Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department State Police
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Valley Regional, Claremont 19 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop; National Grid
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells

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

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

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration)
2008 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $19.14
2008 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $19.04

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
94.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings
2.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
3.0%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 582
2008 Single-Family Units 517
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
3
2008 Multi-Family Units 17
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 48
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 913 42,591
2000 837 40,560
1990 777 38,652
1980 590 36,063
1970 459 30,949

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
421
Female
415

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
44
Age 5 to 19
190
Age 20 to 34
82
Age 35 to 54
295
Age 55 to 64
98
Age 65 and over
127
Median Age
42.6 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
85.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher
28.6%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $18,132
Median 4-person family income $41,397
Median household income $37,386

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$29,792
Female
$26,912

Families below the poverty level 10.1%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
407 461
Employed
398 447
Unemployed
9 14
Unemployment Rate
2.2% 3.0%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
53 65
Average Weekly Wage
$476 $770
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
8 5
Average Weekly Wage
$98 $770
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
61 70
Average Weekly Wage
$424 $770
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
17 18
Average Weekly Wage
$311 $400
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
78 88
Average Weekly Wage
$399 $695
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 Fall Mountain Regional (Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Langdon, Walpole) District:SAU 60
Career Technology Center(s): Cheshire Center of Applied Science, Keene; Fall Mountain High School, Langdon Region:13
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
1-4
Total Enrollment
30
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:0 Total Capacity:0
Nearest Community/Technical College:River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Keene State; Colby-Sawyer; New England; Antioch New England

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
RL Balla, Inc. Sawmill 10
Bascom's Sugar House Maple products 7 1939
South Acworth Village Store Convenience store Volunteer 1865

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 123A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 7
Distance 11 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Claremont Municipal
Runway
3,100 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 40 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
63 miles
Portland, ME
154 miles
Boston, MA
112 miles
New York City, NY
237 miles
Montreal, Quebec
221 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
72.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
10.4%
Public transportation
1.0%
Walked
2.0%
Other Means
0.5%
Worked at home
13.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
23%
Commuting to another NH community
64%
Commuting out-of-state
13%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
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
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):Mount Sunapee
Other:

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 08/12/09

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