Nelson, NH

Community Contact Nelson Board of Selectmen
Joan Bosely, Administrative Assistant
7 Nelson Common Road
Nelson, NH 03457
Telephone (603) 847-0047
Fax (603) 847-3197
E-mail townofnelson1@cheshire.net
Web Site www.keenenh.com/nelson
Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Wednesday, 7 pm - 9 pm; Administrative Assistant and Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Tuesday, 9 am - 12 noon, Wednesday, 5 pm - 8 pm, and Thursday, 9 am - 12 noon
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 2
Incorporated: 1774
Origin: One of the original border towns, this territory was first granted in 1752 as Monadnock No. 6. In 1774, it was renamed Packersfield after Thomas Packer, high sheriff of Portsmouth, who was one of the Masonian Proprietors. In 1777, some residents petitioned to rename the town Sullivan. The petition failed, but in 1786, a portion of the town was combined with part of Gilsum and Keene to form the town of Sullivan. Packersfield kept that name until 1814, when it was renamed in honor of Lord Horatio Nelson, who died on board the British ship Victory in the war against Napoleon.
Villages and Place Names: Munsonville
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 721 residents in 1790
Population Trends:Population change for Nelson totaled 404 over 50 years, from 231 in 1950 to 635 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 45 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, accounting for just over one-third of the total numeric change. The 2008 Census estimate for Nelson was 660 residents, which ranked 211th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 30.1 persons per square mile of land area. Nelson contains 21.9 square miles of land area and 1.4 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2008 $654,574
Budget: School Appropriations, 2008 $1,165,193
Zoning Ordinance 1970/07
Master Plan 1984
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Olivia Rodham Memorial

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 11 miles 146
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 20 miles 25

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
Yes
Recycling
none

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

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration)
2008 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $16.23
2008 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $16.24

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
98.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings
0.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
1.7%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 443
2008 Single-Family Units 416
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
2
2008 Multi-Family Units 18
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 9
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 660 77,170
2000 635 73,993
1990 536 70,223
1980 442 62,116
1970 304 52,364

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
325
Female
309

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
44
Age 5 to 19
139
Age 20 to 34
101
Age 35 to 54
214
Age 55 to 64
68
Age 65 and over
68
Median Age
38.7 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
86.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher
46.0%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $31,624
Median 4-person family income $59,464
Median household income $41,250

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$40,577
Female
$25,000

Families below the poverty level 9.2%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
309 379
Employed
303 368
Unemployed
6 11
Unemployment Rate
1.9% 2.9%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
n n
Average Weekly Wage
n n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
n n
Average Weekly Wage
n n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
19 14
Average Weekly Wage
$284 $684
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
21 33
Average Weekly Wage
$343 $380
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
40 47
Average Weekly Wage
$315 $471
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Nelson 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
37
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:0 Total Capacity:0
Nearest Community/Technical College:River Valley; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Not available

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 9, 123
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 3
Distance 28 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 48 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 6

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
49 miles
Portland, ME
147 miles
Boston, MA
93 miles
New York City, NY
230 miles
Montreal, Quebec
244 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
84.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
7.6%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
0.6%
Other Means
0.6%
Worked at home
7.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
19%
Commuting to another NH community
73%
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
X 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
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):Pat's Peak, Temple Mountain
Other:Monadnock Sunapee Trail; Local Artisans Art Gallery; Sucker Brook Cove Wildlife Sanctuary

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 09/18/09

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