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Community Contact Town of Wakefield
Dino A. Scala, Town Administrator
2 High Street, Town Hall
  Sanbornville, NH 03872
Telephone (603) 522-6205
Fax (603) 522-6794
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Administration: Monday to Friday, 8-4; Town Clerk: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 8:30-4, Wednesday, 8:30-1:30, Thursday, 8:30-6, first and last Saturday each month, 8:30-12:30; Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 9-2
County Carroll County
Labor Market Area Wolfeboro, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes Region
Planning Commission Strafford Regional Planning
Regional Development Wentworth Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 3
State Representative Carroll County District 4
Incorporated: 1774
Origin: This territory was settled by colonists from Dover and Somersworth who received a charter from the Masonian Proprietors in 1749. The settlement was known variously as Ham's-town, East-town, and Watertown. In 1774, residents petitioned the Proprietors for incorporation with township powers and privileges, and it was incorporated as Wakefield by Governor John Wentworth. Wakefield in Yorkshire, England, was the location of Wentworth Castle, the home of Wentworth ancestors. In 2002, the Wakefield Town Hall was listed on the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places.
Villages and Place Names: East Wakefield, North Wakefield, Sanbornville, Union, Woodman, Province Lake
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 646 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Wakefield totaled 3,8041 over 50 years, from 1,420 in 1970 to 5,221 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 58 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The town's population increased by three percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Wakefield was 5,459 residents, which ranked 68th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 138.1 persons per square mile of land area. Wakefield contains 39.5 square miles of land area and 5.3 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2023 $7,482,891
Budget:School Appropriations,2023-2024 $12,318,599
Zoning Ordinance 1986/23
Master Plan 2003
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Planning; Budget; School; Assessors; Trust Funds; Checklist; Cemetery
    Appointed: Conservation; Zoning; Heritage; Parks & Recreation
Public Library Gafney Library, Inc.; Wakefield Library Association

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Full-time Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 13 miles   25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Sanbornville Water Department
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
    Curbside Trash Pickup Private
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program No
    Recycling Program Mandatory
Telephone Company Spectrum; Consolidated Communications
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 $12.25
2022 Equalization Ratio 60.1
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $7.34
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 95.8%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 3%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 1.3%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 3,785
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 3,478
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 0
    Five or More Units in Structure 75
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 232

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 5,459   52,154
   2020 5,221   50,107
   2010 5,092   47,818
   2000 4,276   43,666
   1990 3,064   35,410
   1980 2,237   27,931

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   2,800 Female   2,466
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 272
      Age 5 to 19 693
      Age 20 to 34 805
      Age 35 to 54 1,192
      Age 55 to 64 1,193
      Age 65 and over 1,111
            Median Age 50.9 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 3,996
      High school graduation or higher 95.5%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 26.9%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $42,822
Median Family Income $101,415
Median Household Income $86,573
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $68,549
      Female $68,833
Individuals below poverty level 8.3%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 2,475   2,309
    Employed 2,330   2,249
    Unemploymed 145   60
    Unemployment rate 5.9%   2.6%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  54  84
    Average Weekly Wage  $639  $931
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  448  424
    Average Weekly Wage  $841  $674
Total Private  
    Average Employment  503  508
    Average Weekly Wage  $819  $717
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  328  309
    Average Weekly Wage  $652  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  831  816
    Average Weekly Wage  $753  $760
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Wakefield operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Rochester District: SAU 101
Career Technology Center: R.W. Creteau Regional Technology Ctr (Rochester)
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1      
Grade Levels P K 1-8      
Total Enrollment 450      
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay; Lakes Region
Nearest College or Universities: University of NH

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     2   Capacity:     49

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Longmeadow Hardware Hardware 12
Lovell Lake Market Convenience store 38
Town of Wakefield Municipal services 115 1993
Poor Peoples Pub Restaurant 35
Knotty Pine Tavern Restaurant 25 2010
Wakefield School District Education 120
Irving Gas, convenience store 8
Tumbledown Cafe Restaurant 15 2014
Dunkin Donuts Donut shop 15 2015
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes:
State Routes: 16, 109, 110, 153
Nearest Interstate/Exit: Spaulding Tpk., Exit 18; I-95, Exit 5
Distance: 6 miles; 40 miles
Railroad NH Northcoast
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Skyhaven, Rochester Runway  4,200 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  Yes
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Portland (ME) International Distance   49 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 8
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 62 miles
    Portland, Maine 51 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 93 miles
    New York City, New York 301 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 258 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 79.7%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 8.7%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.0%
  Walked: 1.0%
  Traveled by other means: 0.0%
  Worked at home: 10.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 38.9 minutes
Work in community of residence: 46.8%
Commute to other NH community: 41.9%
Commute out-of-state: 11.3%
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
Performing Arts Facilities
X 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
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreation Areas
X Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Gunstock, King Pine
Other: Frisbie Golf; Dog Park