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Community Contact Town of Ossipee
Matt Sawyer, Town Administrator
55 Main Street, PO Box 67
  Center Ossipee, NH 03814
Telephone (603) 539-4181
Fax (603) 539-4181
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Town Hall, Selectmen, Town Clerk, and Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8-4:30
County Carroll County
Labor Market Area Wolfeboro, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes Region
Planning Commission Lakes Region Planning Commission
Regional Development Mount Washington Valley Economic Council
Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 3
State Representative Carroll County Districts 5, 7
Incorporated: 1785
Origin: Known as Wigwam Village, and then New Garden, this town bears the name of the Ossipee Indians. It was once the site of an Indian stockade fort, designed to protect the tribe from attacks by the Mohawks from the west. Early in 1725, the Indian stockade was destroyed, and then rebuilt by Captain John Lovewell of Dunstable. Later that year, Captain Lovewell led a small band of men to attack the Indians at Pequawket (now Fryeburg). Captain Lovewell did not survive the fight, but the battle was memorialized in ""The Ballad of Lovewell's Fight,"" and was the subject of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's first published poem, written at the age of 13.
Villages and Place Names: Center Ossipee, Chickville, Dorrs Corner, Granite, Long Sands, Moultonville, Ossipee Lake Shores, Ossipee Valley, Pollys Crossing, Roland Park, Water Village, West Ossipee
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 339 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Ossipee totaled 2,691 over 50 years, from 1,647 in 1970 to 4,338 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 50 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The town's population increased by less than half a percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Ossipee was 4,568 residents, which ranked 86th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 64.4 persons per square mile of land area. Ossipee contains 70.9 square miles of land area and 4.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2023 $8,250,000
Budget:School Appropriations,2023-2024 $12,232,309
Zoning Ordinance 1988/19
Master Plan 2006
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Cemetery
    Appointed: Conservation
Public Library Ossipee Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Municipal & volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 15 miles   25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Ossipee Water Department, Carroll County Complex
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
    Curbside Trash Pickup Private
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program No
    Recycling Program Voluntary
Telephone Company Spectrum; Consolidated
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service: Business Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Limited

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $18.38
2022 Equalization Ratio 59.5
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $10.87
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 82.7%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 15.4%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 1.8%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 2,879
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 2,284
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 190
    Five or More Units in Structure 32
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 373

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 4,568   52,154
   2020 4,338   50,107
   2010 4,344   47,818
   2000 4,190   43,666
   1990 3,319   35,410
   1980 2,465   27,931

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   2,467 Female   1,976
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 260
      Age 5 to 19 479
      Age 20 to 34 429
      Age 35 to 54 1,125
      Age 55 to 64 967
      Age 65 and over 1,183
            Median Age 54.5 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 3,530
      High school graduation or higher 93.1%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 21.4%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $46,822
Median Family Income $87,581
Median Household Income $69,659
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $58,770
      Female $32,634
Individuals below poverty level 7.2%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 1,885   1,746
    Employed 1,745   1,693
    Unemploymed 140   53
    Unemployment rate 7.4%   3.0%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  179  196
    Average Weekly Wage  $999  $1,187
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  979  999
    Average Weekly Wage  $515  $721
Total Private  
    Average Employment  1,158  1,195
    Average Weekly Wage  $590  $797
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  530  467
    Average Weekly Wage  $682  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  1,687  1,661
    Average Weekly Wage  $619  $839
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Grades K-12 are part of Governor Wentworth Regional (Brookfield, Effingham, Middleton, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro) District: SAU 49
Career Technology Center: Lakes Region Technology Center (Wolfeboro)
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1     1
Grade Levels P K 1-6     P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 287     83
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:     1   Capacity:     46

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Carroll County Government Government services 100 1840
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 1982
McDonalds Fast food restaurant 45 1995
Ossipee Aggregates Corporation Sand, gravel 1960
Ossipee Central School Elementary School 40 1900
Valueland IGA Supermarket 21 1968
Ocean State Job Lot Low-cost merchandise 50 2005
Carroll County Courthouse Court of law 2004
Town of Ossipee Municipal Services 55 1785
Hobbs Brewery and Tavern Tavern 40 2012
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes:
State Routes: 16, 25, 28, 171
Nearest Interstate/Exit: I-93, Exits 23 - 24
Distance: 38 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Moultonborough Airport Runway  3,475 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  No
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Portland (ME) International Distance   51 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 8
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 72 miles
    Portland, Maine 54 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 109 miles
    New York City, New York 320 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 249 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 84.7%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 5.4%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.6%
  Walked: 0.0%
  Traveled by other means: 3.3%
  Worked at home: 6.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 32.1 minutes
Work in community of residence: 73.0%
Commute to other NH community: 22.6%
Commute out-of-state: 4.4%
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
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X 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 Recreation Areas
Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: King Pine
Other: Old Home Week