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Community Contact Town of Waterville Valley
Mark Decoteau, Town Manager
PO Box 500, Town Office
  Waterville Valley, NH 03215
Telephone (603) 236-4730
Fax (603) 236-2056
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator, Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8-4
County Grafton County
Labor Market Area Plymouth, NH LMA
Tourism Region White Mountain Region
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council
Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 3
State Representative Grafton County District 4
Incorporated: 1829
Origin: Waterville was incorporated in 1829 from the Gillis and Foss Grant, and the John Raymond Grant. For many years the town was a popular summer resort. In 1911, the Weeks Act was passed, authorizing the federal government to purchase lands for stream-flow protection, and to maintain those lands as national forests. The first land purchases for the White Mountain National Forest were in 1914, and as a result, the town of Waterville lost a substantial amount of acreage. Major development of Waterville as a winter recreation area began about 1965. In 1967, by an act of the General Court, the town officially adopted the name Waterville Valley.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 16 residents in 1820
Population Trends: Population change for Waterville Valley totaled 402 over 50 years, from 109 in 1970 to 511 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 107 percent from 2010 to 2020, a gain of 264 residents, and the largest 2010 to 2020 percent increase among the cities and towns. The 2022 Census estimate for Waterville Valley was 516 residents, which ranked 216th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 8 persons per square mile of land area. Waterville Valley contains 64.4 square miles of land area and 0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2021 $5,209,509
Budget:School Appropriations,2021-2022 $1,466,652
Zoning Ordinance 1973/23
Master Plan 2022
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Library; Trust Funds; Supervisors Checklist
    Appointed: Zoning; Conservation; Planning
Public Library Osceola

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 19 miles   25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Waterville Valley Water Department
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
    Curbside Trash Pickup None
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program No
    Recycling Program No
Telephone Company 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 $10.6
2022 Equalization Ratio 83.9
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $8.89
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 95.1%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 4.3%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 0.7%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 1,116
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 630
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 126
    Five or More Units in Structure 360
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 516   93,131
   2020 511   91,118
   2010 247   89,118
   2000 256   81,743
   1990 151   74,929
   1980 180   65,806

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   114 Female   134
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 10
      Age 5 to 19 24
      Age 20 to 34 25
      Age 35 to 54 50
      Age 55 to 64 46
      Age 65 and over 93
            Median Age 59.4 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 207
      High school graduation or higher 100.0%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 68.6%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $73,020
Median Family Income $109,375
Median Household Income $89,276
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $139,250
      Female $45,625
Individuals below poverty level 0.0%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 129   130
    Employed 123   127
    Unemploymed 6   3
    Unemployment rate 4.7%   2.3%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  n  n
    Average Weekly Wage  n  n
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  n  n
    Average Weekly Wage  n  n
Total Private  
    Average Employment  490  405
    Average Weekly Wage  $443  $644
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  46  57
    Average Weekly Wage  $758  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  536  463
    Average Weekly Wage  $470  $677
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Waterville Valley operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to 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     1
Grade Levels K 1-8     9-12
Total Enrollment 51     26
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:     12

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Waterville Valley Resort, Inc. Ski area 500 1994
Golden Eagle Lodge Hotel 26 1989
Snowy Owl Hotel 13 1970
Boulder Path Golf course, club 15 1965
White Mountain Athletic Club Athletic center 10 1986
WVBBTS-SEF Ski Education Foundation 100 1975
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes:
State Routes: 49
Nearest Interstate/Exit: I-93, Exit 28
Distance: 11 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation The Schuss
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Plymouth Regional Runway  2,380 ft. turf
    Lighted?  No Navigation Aids?  No
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Lebanon Municipal Distance   62 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 76 miles
    Portland, Maine 90 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 127 miles
    New York City, New York 323 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 215 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 48.7%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 7.7%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.0%
  Walked: 11.1%
  Traveled by other means: 2.6%
  Worked at home: 29.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 16.9 minutes
Work in community of residence: 93.2%
Commute to other NH community: 0.0%
Commute out-of-state: 6.8%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
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: Full-service Recreation Department; White Mountain Athletic Club; White Mountain National Forest