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Community Contact Town of Harrisville
Harrisville Selectboard
705 Chesham Road
  Harrisville, NH 03450
Telephone (603) 827-3431 x1 or (603) 827-5546
Fax (603) 827-2917
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Administrative Assistant: Monday to Thursday, 9-3, Friday, 9-12; Town Clerk: Tuesday, 2-6, Wednesday, 10-2, Thursday, 8-12, last Saturday each month, 9-11; Tax Collector: Tuesday, 11-1, Thursday, 9-12, or by appointment
County Cheshire County
Labor Market Area Keene, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Monadnock Region
Planning Commission Southwest Region Planning
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 2
State Senate District 10
State Representative Cheshire County Districts 8, 16
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 402 over 50 years, from 584 in 1970 to 986 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 47 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The town's population increased by three percent from 2010 to 2020.
Population Density and Land Area: 2023 (US Census Bureau): 53.6 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,2023 $1,595,378
Budget:School Appropriations,2023-2024 $2,454,624
Zoning Ordinance 1959/21
Master Plan 2014
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen
    Appointed: Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Historic District
Public Library Harrrisville Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 11 miles   25
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 14 miles   94

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; Harrisville Community Power
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
    Curbside Trash Pickup Private
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program Yes
    Recycling Program Voluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications; fidium
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service: Business Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Yes

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $18.6
2022 Equalization Ratio 58.7
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $10.91
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 1.1%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 690
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 649
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 6
    Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 35

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2023 1,002   77,703
   2020 986   76,458
   2010 964   77,117
   2000 1,060   73,825
   1990 977   70,121
   1980 860   62,116

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   461 Female   516
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 50
      Age 5 to 19 111
      Age 20 to 34 115
      Age 35 to 54 180
      Age 55 to 64 230
      Age 65 and over 291
            Median Age 56.6 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 792
      High school graduation or higher 96.8%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 48.0%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $52,823
Median Family Income $94,957
Median Household Income $89,737
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $78,750
      Female $46,563
Individuals below poverty level 4.3%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2013 2023
    Civilian Labor Force 618   561
    Employed 595   552
    Unemploymed 23   9
    Unemployment rate 3.7%   1.6%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  n  46
    Average Weekly Wage  n  $906
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  n  89
    Average Weekly Wage  n  $540
Total Private  
    Average Employment  102  135
    Average Weekly Wage  $567  $665
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  19  20
    Average Weekly Wage  $544  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  120  155
    Average Weekly Wage  $564  $657
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Harrisville operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Keene District: SAU 29
Career Technology Center: Cheshire Career Center (Keene) Fall Mountain RHS - CTE
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6
Total Enrollment 47
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest College or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce; Antioch New England; New England

2023 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     1   Capacity:     46

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Harrisville Designs, Inc. Textile mill products 30 1971
Homeland Landscaping Landscaping & proprty maintenance
Shaker Style Furnishings Home decor and gifts
Harrisville General Store Convenience store
SRH Farms Farming & catering
Aldworth Manor Weddings and events venue
Cobb Hill Estate Weddings & events venue
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
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, Swanzey Runway  6,201 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  Yes
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Manchester-Boston Regional Distance   50 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 49 miles
    Portland, Maine 143 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 84 miles
    New York City, New York 232 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 254 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 81.8%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 4.0%
  Used Public Transportation: 1.6%
  Walked: 0.9%
  Traveled by other means: 1.3%
  Worked at home: 10.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 27.5 minutes
Work in community of residence: 67.0%
Commute to other NH community: 23.9%
Commute out-of-state: 9.1%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist Attractions
Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
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: Pat's Peak
Other: Lakes; Hiking Trails