Unity, NH

Community Contact Unity Board of Selectmen
Willard Hathaway
13 Center Road, Unit 3
Charlestown, NH 03603
Telephone (603) 543-3102
Fax (603) 542-5922
E-mail unitynh@valley.net
Web Site not available
Municipal Office Hours Selectmen's Secretary: Tuesday, Wednesday, 9 am - 5 pm; Monday, Tuesday, 9 am - 5 pm, Wednesday, 9 am - 6 pm, and Thursday, 8 am - 5 pm, closed Friday
County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Claremont NH Micro-NECTA
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 4
Incorporated: 1764
Origin: This territory was first chartered in 1753, and named Buckingham, after John Hobart, first Earl of Buckinghamshire. Grants of this area had been given by both the early Massachusetts government and by Governor Benning Wentworth, causing dispute among those looking to claim the land. The town was incorporated as Unity in 1764 when the grant terms provided a friendly resolution to the dispute. In the charter document, the grantees were allowed to come to mutual agreement the size of each tract, when usually the tracts were to be divided into equal shares for all those named in the grant.
Villages and Place Names: East Unity, Quaker City, West Unity
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 538 residents in 1790
Population Trends:Population change for Unity totaled 882 over 50 years, from 653 in 1950 to 1,535 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 54 percent between 1970 and 1980; the smallest was zero change between 1960 and 1970. The 2008 Census estimate for Unity was 1,739 residents, which ranked 151st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 47.1 persons per square mile of land area. Unity contains 37.0 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2008 $1,195,625
Budget: School Appropriations, 2008 $1,248,017
Zoning Ordinance 2005
Master Plan 1996
Capital Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Unity Free Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Sullivan County Sheriff's Dept covers Unity
Fire Department Part-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Valley Regional, Claremont 10 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop; PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells; Sullivan County Home

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

Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
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) $16.94
2008 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $17.05

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
96.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings
0.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
2.8%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 689
2008 Single-Family Units 534
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
7
2008 Multi-Family Units 11
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 144
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 1,739 42,591
2000 1,535 40,560
1990 1,343 38,652
1980 1,092 36,063
1970 709 30,949

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
772
Female
758

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
78
Age 5 to 19
257
Age 20 to 34
250
Age 35 to 54
487
Age 55 to 64
143
Age 65 and over
315
Median Age
42.6 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
78.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher
13.1%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $17,908
Median 4-person family income $47,045
Median household income $41,594

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$31,199
Female
$24,833

Families below the poverty level 6.8%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
724 800
Employed
707 779
Unemployed
17 21
Unemployment Rate
2.3% 2.6%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
8 12
Average Weekly Wage
$399 $1,073
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
9 9
Average Weekly Wage
$201 $280
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
17 21
Average Weekly Wage
$297 $745
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
35 46
Average Weekly Wage
$263 $394
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
52 67
Average Weekly Wage
$274 $504
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Unity operates grades 1-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Claremont District:SAU 6
Career Technology Center(s): Sugar River Valley Technical Center, Newport or Claremont Region:10
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
P K 1-8
Total Enrollment
116
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:0 Total Capacity:0
Nearest Community/Technical College:River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Dartmouth; Colby-Sawyer; Lebanon

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Not available

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
State Routes
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 7
Distance 12 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 32 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
53 miles
Portland, ME
153 miles
Boston, MA
105 miles
New York City, NY
248 miles
Montreal, Quebec
220 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
83.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
13.1%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
1.5%
Other Means
0.4%
Worked at home
1.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
17%
Commuting to another NH community
75%
Commuting out-of-state
8%
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
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):King Ridge, Mount Sunapee
Other:

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 11/04/09

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