Washington, NH

Community Contact Town of Washington
Guy L. Eaton, Selectman
7 Halfmoon Pond Road
Washington, NH 03280
Telephone (603) 495-3661
Fax (603) 495-3299
E-mail selectmen@washingtonnh.org
Web Site www.washingtonnh.org
Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Friday, 9 am - 3 pm, meeting 7 pm; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Thursday, 3 pm - 8 pm, Friday 9 am - 3 pm, and last Saturday of each month, 9 am - 12 noon
County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Hillsborough 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 2
Incorporated: 1776
Origin: This territory was first granted in 1735 by the Massachusetts government. It was named Monadnock Number 8, one of the fort towns designated to protect the colonies from Indian attack. In 1752, the Masonian Proprietors issued a new grant to Captain Peter Prescott and others, who called it New Concord. Those settlers forfeited claim, and the territory was granted yet again in 1768 to Reuben Kidder and others, under the name of Camden. In December 1776, residents petitioned the newly established American revolutionary government for incorporation of their town as Washington, in honor of General George Washington.
Villages and Place Names: East Washington, Washington Center
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 545 residents in 1790
Population Trends:Population change for Washington totaled 739 over 50 years, from 168 in 1950 to 907 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was 66 percent between 1970 and 1980; population increased 53 percent from 1960 to 1970 and from 1980 to 1990. The 2008 Census estimate for Washington was 1,076 residents, which ranked 180th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 23.6 persons per square mile of land area. Washington contains 45.5 square miles of land area and 2.2 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $1,491,658
Budget: School Appropriations, not available
Zoning Ordinance 1974/08
Master Plan 1992
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery; Treasurer; Assessors; Moderator; Fire Chief; Town Clerk
Appointed:
Conservation; Parks & Recreation; Zoning; Police Chief; Health Officer; Forestry; Road Agent; Tax Collector

Public Library Shedd Free

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Valley Regional, Claremont 25 miles 25
New London Hospital, New London 28 miles 25

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

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; Granite State
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access No
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) $15.50
2008 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.50

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
97.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings
0.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
1.7%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 1,099
2008 Single-Family Units 1,027
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
9
2008 Multi-Family Units 24
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 48
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 1,076 42,591
2000 907 40,560
1990 629 38,652
1980 411 36,063
1970 248 30,949

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
458
Female
437

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
44
Age 5 to 19
167
Age 20 to 34
108
Age 35 to 54
276
Age 55 to 64
140
Age 65 and over
160
Median Age
45 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
89.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher
21.3%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $20,540
Median 4-person family income $50,000
Median household income $43,125

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$34,688
Female
$26,333

Families below the poverty level 3.1%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
374 473
Employed
361 456
Unemployed
13 17
Unemployment Rate
3.5% 3.6%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
n 21
Average Weekly Wage
n $433
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
n 5
Average Weekly Wage
n $1,288
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
29 27
Average Weekly Wage
$408 $606
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
36 56
Average Weekly Wage
$275 $357
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
65 83
Average Weekly Wage
$334 $438
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Washington operates grades K-5; grades 6-12 are tuitioned to Hillsborough-Deering Cooperative (Deering, Hillsborough) District:SAU 34
Career Technology Center(s): Concord High School; Pembroke Academy Region:11
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
K 1-5
Total Enrollment
72
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:0 Total Capacity:0
Nearest Community/Technical College:River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities:New England; Keene State; Colby-Sawyer; Antioch New England

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Eccardt Farm Dairy 8
Washington Highway Department Road maintenance 5
Washington General Store Convenience store 3

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 31
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 5
Distance 25 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Parlin Field, Newport
Runway
3,450 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 44 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 6

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
40 miles
Portland, ME
133 miles
Boston, MA
98 miles
New York City, NY
250 miles
Montreal, Quebec
227 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
75.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
12.6%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
2.5%
Other Means
1.0%
Worked at home
8.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 36.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
20%
Commuting to another NH community
72%
Commuting out-of-state
8%
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
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
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
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):Mount Sunapee, Pat's Peak
Other:Highland Lake; Pillsbury State Park

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

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