Fitzwilliam, NH

Community Contact Town of Fitzwilliam
Board of Selectmen
PO Box 725
Fitzwilliam, NH 03447
Telephone (603) 585-7770; 585-7723
Fax (603) 585-7744
E-mail fitzwilliamnh@ptcnh.net
Web Site www.fitzwilliam-nh.gov
Municipal Office Hours Monday, Friday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, 1 pm - 5 pm, and Wednesday 6 pm - 8 pm
County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 5
State Senate
District 10
State Representative
Cheshire County District 5
Incorporated: 1773
Origin: Fitzwilliam was originally settled as Monadnock Number 4, one in a line of eight towns settled by Scottish colonists. Governor Wentworth named the town to honor his cousin William, fourth Earl of Fitzwilliam. Early grantees in Fitzwilliam included General James Reed and Matthew Thornton, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Fitzwilliam had one of the earliest granite quarrying operations in New Hampshire. It is the location of Rhododendron State Park, which has the largest rhododendron grove in New England and was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1982.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,038 residents in 1790
Population Trends:Population change for Fitzwilliam totaled 1,276 over 50 years, from 872 in 1950 to 2,148 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was 41 percent between 1960 and 1970, followed by a 32 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2008 Census estimate for Fitzwilliam was 2,298 residents, which ranked 127th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 66.4 persons per square mile of land area. Fitzwilliam contains 34.6 square miles of land area and 1.4 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2009 $2,338,922
Budget: School Appropriations, not available
Zoning Ordinance 1982/09
Master Plan 2005
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Fitzwilliam Town

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 15 miles 146

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Fitzwilliam Village Water; 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
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
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) $23.87
2008 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $24.01

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
87.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings
6.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
6.2%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 1,201
2008 Single-Family Units 985
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
11
2008 Multi-Family Units 94
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 122
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 2,298 77,170
2000 2,148 73,993
1990 2,014 70,223
1980 1,795 62,116
1970 1,362 52,364

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
1,088
Female
1,053

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
108
Age 5 to 19
475
Age 20 to 34
304
Age 35 to 54
769
Age 55 to 64
254
Age 65 and over
231
Median Age
39.9 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
86.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher
24.1%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $23,127
Median 4-person family income $55,476
Median household income $48,125

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$35,474
Female
$29,130

Families below the poverty level 3.3%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
1,099 1,379
Employed
1,054 1,323
Unemployed
45 56
Unemployment Rate
4.1% 4.1%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
187 144
Average Weekly Wage
$592 $1,677
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
218 166
Average Weekly Wage
$399 $818
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
405 310
Average Weekly Wage
$488 $1,217
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
72 83
Average Weekly Wage
$349 $570
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
477 393
Average Weekly Wage
$467 $1,080
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 Monadnock Regional Cooperative (Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Richmond, Roxbury, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Troy) District:SAU 38
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
P K 1-6
Total Enrollment
223
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:1 Total Capacity:9
Nearest Community/Technical College:Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Franklin Pierce University; Keene State; Antioch New England

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Monadnock Lifetime Products Police equipment 30 1958
PLP Composite Technologies Fiberglass flag poles 20 1980
Damon Lumber Lumber sales 6
Tommila Bros Lumber Lumber
Park Construction Road construction
Holman Construction Construction

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 12, 119
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 2
Distance 29 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Jaffrey - Silver Ranch
Runway
2,982 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 47 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 6

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
51 miles
Portland, ME
148 miles
Boston, MA
72 miles
New York City, NY
214 miles
Montreal, Quebec
257 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
80.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
12.3%
Public transportation
0.3%
Walked
1.9%
Other Means
0.4%
Worked at home
4.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
16%
Commuting to another NH community
66%
Commuting out-of-state
18%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
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
X 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
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):Pat's Peak
Other:Rhododendron State Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 09/16/09

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