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Community Contact Town of Canterbury
Jan Stout, Administrative Assistant
PO Box 500
  Canterbury, NH 03224
Telephone (603) 783-9955
Fax (603) 783-0501
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday and Wednesday, 9-1, Thursday, 10-2; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday and Wednesday, 9-3, Tuesday and Thursday, 12-7
County Merrimack County
Labor Market Area Concord, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley Region
Planning Commission Central NH Regional Planning
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council
Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 2
State Senate District 17
State Representative Merrimack County Districts 4, 26
Incorporated: 1741
Origin: First granted in 1727, the town was named for William Wake, Archbishop of Canterbury. Canterbury in England is famous for its cathedral, and for being the center of English Christianity since 597 AD. The town was originally a fort or trading post where the Penacook Indians came to trade. Canterbury Shaker Village was first established in 1792, a self-contained community of the United Society of Believers, known as the Shaking Quakers or Shakers, because of their use of dance in worship. Today, the Canterbury Shaker Village is an outdoor museum and designated National Historic Landmark.
Villages and Place Names: Boyce, Canterbury Station, Canterbury Center, Hills Corner, Kezer Seminary, Shaker Village
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1038 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Canterbury totaled 1,517 over 50 years, from 895 in 1970 to 2,412 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 Canterbury was 2,457 residents, which ranked 126th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 55.9 persons per square mile of land area. Canterbury contains 43.9 square miles of land area and 0.9 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2021 $3,401,752
Budget:School Appropriations,2020-2021 $5,147,993
Zoning Ordinance 1956/22
Master Plan 2010
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Planning; Library
    Appointed: Zoning; Conservation; Recreation; Recycling; Agriculture
Public Library Elkins Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 14 miles   236

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop; Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
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 Mandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service: Business Limited
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Limited

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $20.8
2022 Equalization Ratio 73.2
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.15
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 92.5%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 4.8%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 2.7%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 990
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 901
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 48
    Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 41

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 2,457   156,459
   2020 2,412   153,808
   2010 2,362   146,445
   2000 1,983   136,225
   1990 1,692   120,240
   1980 1,410   98,302

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   1,133 Female   1,183
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 109
      Age 5 to 19 330
      Age 20 to 34 392
      Age 35 to 54 612
      Age 55 to 64 381
      Age 65 and over 492
            Median Age 47.7 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 1,743
      High school graduation or higher 94.5%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 48.5%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $51,634
Median Family Income $149,514
Median Household Income $111,094
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $84,432
      Female $68,417
Individuals below poverty level 5.2%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 1,448   1,465
    Employed 1,392   1,437
    Unemploymed 56   28
    Unemployment rate 3.9%   1.9%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  23  59
    Average Weekly Wage  $556  $696
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  193  240
    Average Weekly Wage  $675  $1,117
Total Private  
    Average Employment  216  298
    Average Weekly Wage  $662  $1,034
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  66  78
    Average Weekly Wage  $609  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  283  376
    Average Weekly Wage  $648  $969
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Grades K-12 are part of Shaker Regional (Belmont, Canterbury) District: SAU 80
Career Technology Center: J. Oliva Huot Technical Center (Laconia) Winnisquam Agricultural Programs
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1      
Grade Levels K 1-5      
Total Enrollment 116      
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest College or Universities: UNH School of Law; Granite State; Magdalen; Southern NH University

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     3   Capacity:     82

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Canterbury Shaker Village Tours, restaurant 15
Canterbury Elementary School Education 25
Dumpster Depot Garbage collection
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes:
State Routes: 106, 132
Nearest Interstate/Exit: I-93, Exit 18
Distance: Local access
Railroad State owned line
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Concord Municipal Runway  6,005 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  Yes
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Manchester-Boston Regional Distance   35 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 28 miles
    Portland, Maine 120 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 70 miles
    New York City, New York 275 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 246 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 73.0%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 4.6%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.0%
  Walked: 3.6%
  Traveled by other means: 2.4%
  Worked at home: 16.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 30.9 minutes
Work in community of residence: 68.6%
Commute to other NH community: 30.2%
Commute out-of-state: 1.3%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreation Areas
Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Gunstock
Other: Shaker Village