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Community Contact Town of Holderness
Michael Capone, Town Administrator
PO Box 203
  Holderness, NH 03245-0203
Telephone (603) 968-3537
Fax (603) 968-9954
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8:30-4
County Grafton County
Labor Market Area Plymouth, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes Region
Planning Commission Lakes Region Planning Commission
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council
Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 2
State Senate District 2
State Representative Grafton County District 8
Incorporated: 1761
Origin: Holderness was named in 1751 for Robert Darcy, fourth Earl of Holderness, ambassador to Venice and minister at The Hague under King George III. He opposed the king's policy toward the colonies, and became a friend of Governor Wentworth in efforts to promote friendly trade relations abroad. In 1761, the land was regranted to a group of New England families and named New Holderness. Grantees included Samuel Livermore, who wanted to create a pretentious estate similar to that of the English countryside. In 1816, residents voted to change the name back to Holderness.
Villages and Place Names: Deephaven, East Holderness, Rockywold
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 329 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Holderness totaled 963 over 50 years, from 1,048 in 1970 to 2,011 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 51 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The town's population decreased by five percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Holderness was 2,040 residents, which ranked 138th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 66.8 persons per square mile of land area. Holderness contains 30.5 square miles of land area and 5.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2023-2024 $4,970,066
Budget:School Appropriations,2020-2021 $4,975,504
Zoning Ordinance 1985/23
Master Plan 2007
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Trust Funds; Library
    Appointed: Planning; Conservation; Budget; Recreation; Zoning
Public Library Holderness

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time Chief & on-call
Emergency Medical Service On-Call
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 10 miles   25

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop
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 No
    Recycling Program Mandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station Share with Plymouth
High Speed Internet Service: Business Limited
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Limited

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $11.22
2022 Equalization Ratio 73.7
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $8.24
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 87.6%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 10.2%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 2.2%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 1,486
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 1,211
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 51
    Five or More Units in Structure 55
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 169

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 2,040   93,131
   2020 2,011   91,118
   2010 2,106   89,118
   2000 1,942   81,743
   1990 1,696   74,929
   1980 1,586   65,806

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   894 Female   1,220
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 58
      Age 5 to 19 239
      Age 20 to 34 504
      Age 35 to 54 421
      Age 55 to 64 260
      Age 65 and over 632
            Median Age 44.7 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 1,588
      High school graduation or higher 96.1%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 52.5%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $48,622
Median Family Income $124,053
Median Household Income $79,125
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $64,063
      Female $57,054
Individuals below poverty level 9.6%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 1,374   1,428
    Employed 1,322   1,406
    Unemploymed 52   22
    Unemployment rate 3.8%   1.5%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  92  43
    Average Weekly Wage  $932  $1,442
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  476  618
    Average Weekly Wage  $609  $773
Total Private  
    Average Employment  568  660
    Average Weekly Wage  $661  $816
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  74  75
    Average Weekly Wage  $794  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  642  735
    Average Weekly Wage  $676  $832
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Holderness operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are part of Pemi-Baker Cooperative (Ashland, Campton, Holderness, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Wentworth) District: SAU 48
Career Technology Center: Plymouth Applied Technology Center
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1      
Grade Levels K 1-8      
Total Enrollment 152      
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:     3   Capacity:     121

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Holderness School Education 80 1879
Resource Management, Inc. Bioproducts/solids recycling 21
Holdernesss Central School Education 40
Science Center of New Hampshire Environmental education 12 1967
Squam Boats Marina 8
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes: 3
State Routes: 25, 113, 175, 175A
Nearest Interstate/Exit: I-93, Exit 25
Distance: Local access
Railroad No
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
    Manchester-Boston Regional Distance   65 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 58 miles
    Portland, Maine 87 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 109 miles
    New York City, New York 308 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 216 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 81.1%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 6.1%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.0%
  Walked: 0.7%
  Traveled by other means: 2.5%
  Worked at home: 9.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 23.7 minutes
Work in community of residence: 72.5%
Commute to other NH community: 25.6%
Commute out-of-state: 1.9%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X 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
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
X Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Waterville Valley
Other: Squam Lakes Science Center