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Community Contact Town of Meredith
Troy Brown, Town Manager
41 Main Street
  Meredith, NH 03253
Telephone (603) 677-4209
Fax Not Available
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Town Hall: Monday to Friday, 8-5
County Belknap County
Labor Market Area Meredith, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes Region
Planning Commission Lakes Region Planning Commission
Regional Development Belknap County Economic Development Council
Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 2
State Representative Belknap County District 2
Incorporated: 1768
Origin: Meredith was first granted in 1748 to a group of settlers led by Samuel Palmer, a teacher of surveying and navigation, who had laid out much of the land surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee. It was known as Palmer's-Town, or Second Township, since it was the second town granted by the Masonian Proprietors that lay at the lake. Many settlers were from Salem, Massachusetts, and the town was later called New Salem. In 1768, the town was incorporated by Governor John Wentworth as Meredith, for Sir William Meredith, who allied with William Pitt in opposition to taxation on the colonies.
Villages and Place Names: Bear Island, East Bear Island, Leavitt Park, Lovejoy Sands, Meredith Center
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 881 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Meredith totaled 3,761 over 50 years, from 2,904 in 1970 to 6,665 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 60 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The town's population increased by seven percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Meredith was 6,764 residents, which ranked 49th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 167.8 persons per square mile of land area. Meredith contains 40.3 square miles of land area and 14.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen/Town Manager
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2023 $18,576,879
Budget:School Appropriations,2022-2023 $18,947,435
Zoning Ordinance 1971/10
Master Plan 2002
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planner/Engineer/CEO
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen
    Appointed: Planning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery; Zoning; Parks & Recreation
Public Library Meredith Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time Chief
Emergency Medical Service Commercial
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital - Laconia 10 miles   72

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Municipal
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
    Curbside Trash Pickup None
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program No
    Recycling Program Mandatory
Telephone Company Breezeline; Consolidated; First Light
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Business Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Yes

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $13.97
2022 Equalization Ratio 56.5
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $7.87
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 92.2%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 7.2%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 0.6%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 5,237
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 4,216
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 365
    Five or More Units in Structure 384
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 272

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 6,764   64,705
   2020 6,665   63,705
   2010 6,278   60,088
   2000 5,940   56,325
   1990 4,846   49,216
   1980 4,646   42,884

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   3,393 Female   3,295
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 108
      Age 5 to 19 905
      Age 20 to 34 1,039
      Age 35 to 54 1,273
      Age 55 to 64 1,265
      Age 65 and over 2,098
            Median Age 55.2 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 5,243
      High school graduation or higher 96.0%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 43.9%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $48,622
Median Family Income $100,919
Median Household Income $65,372
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $56,754
      Female $51,629
Individuals below poverty level 11.0%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 3,136   3,100
    Employed 2,970   3,029
    Unemploymed 166   71
    Unemployment rate 5.3%   2.3%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  584  547
    Average Weekly Wage  $1,096  $1,409
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  2,067  2,204
    Average Weekly Wage  $599  $963
Total Private  
    Average Employment  2,651  2,752
    Average Weekly Wage  $708  $1,051
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  365  345
    Average Weekly Wage  $839  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  3,015  3,096
    Average Weekly Wage  $724  $1,065
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Grades K-12 are part of Inter-Lakes Cooperative (Center Harbor, Meredith, Sandwich) District: SAU 2
Career Technology Center: J. Oliva Huot Technical Center (Laconia) Winnisquam Agricultural Programs
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1  
Grade Levels P K 1-6 7-8 9-12  
Total Enrollment 401 150 289  
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest College or Universities: Plymouth State

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     4   Capacity:     172

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Meredith Village Savings Bank Banking services 210 1869
Golden View Nursing home 130
Hampshire Hospitality Holdings Inn, spa, marketplace 115 1983
Meredith Harley Davidson Motorcycle retail, repair, service 64 1983
Remcom/North Corporation Machine electrical connectors 65 1983
Annalee Mobilite Dolls, Inc. Soft sculpture dolls 50 1962
Ippolito's Furniture Furniture sales 36 1978
Interlakes School System Education 228
Town of Meredith Municipal Services 78
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes: 3
State Routes: 104, 132, 25
Nearest Interstate/Exit: I-93, Exit 23
Distance: 9 miles
Railroad State owned line
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Laconia Municipal Runway  5,286 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  Yes
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Manchester-Boston Regional Distance   56 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 57 miles
    Portland, Maine 83 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 108 miles
    New York City, New York 307 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 231 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 70.0%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 6.3%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.4%
  Walked: 1.5%
  Traveled by other means: 1.2%
  Worked at home: 20.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 26.8 minutes
Work in community of residence: 73.9%
Commute to other NH community: 20.8%
Commute out-of-state: 5.3%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreation Areas
Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Gunstock
Other: Annalee Doll Museum; Scenic Railroad