Harrisville, NH

Community Contact Town of Harrisville
Board of Selectmen
705 Chesham Road
Harrisville, NH 03450
Telephone (603) 827-3431 or 827-5546
Fax (603) 827-2916
E-mail selectmen@harrisvillenh.org
Web Site www.harrisvillenh.org
Municipal Office Hours Administrative Assistant: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 3 pm, and Friday, 8 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk: Tuesday, 2 pm - 7 pm, Wednesday, 3 pm - 6:30 pm, and Thursday, 8 am - 11:30 am; Tax Collector: Wednesday, 10 am - 12 noon, Thursday, 6 pm - 8 pm, and Saturday, 10 am - 2 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 2
State Senate
District 7
State Representative
Cheshire County District 6
Incorporated: 1870
Origin: First settled in 1760, the town was formed from parts of Hancock, Dublin, Roxbury, Nelson, and Marlborough. The town was first known as Twitchellville, after Abel Twitchell. His daughter Deborah married Bethuel Harris, who with his sons built and operated Harris Mills, one of the first woolen mills in New England. After the business was sold, the name was changed to Cheshire Mills. The town was incorporated in 1871 as Harrisville, at the suggestion of Milan Harris, one of Bethuel's sons and a member of the state senate from 1863-1865. The Harrisville Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Villages and Place Names: Chesham, Eastview Station
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 870 residents in 1880
Population Trends:Population change for Harrisville totaled 554 over 50 years, from 519 in 1950 to 1,073 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 47 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; the second highest a 27 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. The 2008 Census estimate for Harrisville was 1,090 residents, which ranked 178th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 58.3 persons per square mile of land area. Harrisville contains 18.7 square miles of land area and 1.5 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2004 $621,653
Budget: School Appropriations, 2005 $1,869,713
Zoning Ordinance 1959/05
Master Plan 2000
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Harrrisville Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Part-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 11 miles 25
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 14 miles 146

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
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
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
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) $13.50
2008 Equalization Ratio 93.9
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $12.72

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
96.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings
2.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
1.3%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 747
2008 Single-Family Units 674
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
4
2008 Multi-Family Units 47
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 26
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 1,090 77,170
2000 1,073 73,993
1990 977 70,223
1980 860 62,116
1970 584 52,364

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
516
Female
559

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
55
Age 5 to 19
230
Age 20 to 34
105
Age 35 to 54
421
Age 55 to 64
103
Age 65 and over
161
Median Age
43 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
88.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher
40.6%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $25,397
Median 4-person family income $55,083
Median household income $48,625

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$34,625
Female
$27,171

Families below the poverty level 4.3%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
562 642
Employed
549 624
Unemployed
13 18
Unemployment Rate
2.3% 2.8%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
128 n
Average Weekly Wage
$485 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
30 n
Average Weekly Wage
$352 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
158 96
Average Weekly Wage
$459 $526
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
20 23
Average Weekly Wage
$223 $317
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
178 119
Average Weekly Wage
$433 $485
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Harrisville operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Keene District:SAU 29
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
K 1-6
Total Enrollment
56
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:4 Total Capacity:62
Nearest Community/Technical College:Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Harrisville Designs, Inc. Textile mill products 30 1971
Lifesavings Resources, Inc. Water rescue, survival training 2 1998
Royal Mail Irish Imports

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 137
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 3
Distance 25 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dillant-Hopkins, Keene
Runway
6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 50 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 6

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
48 miles
Portland, ME
145 miles
Boston, MA
85 miles
New York City, NY
229 miles
Montreal, Quebec
253 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
81.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
8.2%
Public transportation
0.5%
Walked
3.3%
Other Means
0.3%
Worked at home
6.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
15%
Commuting to another NH community
80%
Commuting out-of-state
5%
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
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):Pat's Peak
Other:

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 10/05/09

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