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Overview

Introduction to Gilford, New Hampshire

Gilford, New Hampshire, in Belknap county, is 38 miles N of Manchester, New Hampshire and 84 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Gilford History

First settled in 1777 as a part of Gilmanton, the town was originally known as Gunstock Parish. Captain Lemuel B. Mason proposed that the name of the town be Guilford in memory of the 1781 Battle of Guilford Court House. The town was incorporated by its current name in 1812, due to a clerical error in the spelling of Guilford.

Gilford and nearby Attractions

  • Benjamin Rowe House
  • White Mountains National Forest
  • Ellacoya State Park
  • Tenney Mountain Ski Area
  • New Hampshire Antique and Classic Boat Museum

Things To Do In Gilford

Ellacoya Beach and the Belknap Mountain Sate Forest are well within reach of Gilford. The Benjamin Rowe House and the Union Meeting House provide insight into the city’s historic past. The New Hampshire Antique and Classic Boat Museum is also worth visiting. Skiing can be enjoyed at the Tenney Mountain Ski Area.

Gilford Transportation

Manchester Airport is the nearest major airport.

Gilford Higher Education

Plymouth State College, New Hampshire College, the University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College are the nearby institutions of higher education.

People

Total Population 7,140
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 22.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,669
Age of the Population 50

Families

% of people married 57.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35.6%
Median Earnings25+ $40,381
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,173
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,476

Wealth

Median Family Income $75,703
% Above Poverty Level 92.2%
% Below Poverty Level 7.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 23.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,024
Median House Value $245,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.5%
US/American 0.2%
English 21.8%
Irish 30.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gilford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 38 miles N of Manchester, New Hampshire (center to center)
Nearest Large City 84 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Belknap
Standard Zip Codes 03249
P.O. Box Zip Codes 03247
Phone Area Codes 603
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.547
Longitude -71.407

Gilford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LAKEPORT 2
Distance 3 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 54 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 40.9 inches
Station BLACKWATER DAM
Distance 22.3 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 56 to 81 F
Oct Temp 34 to 59 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Station GRAFTON
Distance 27.2 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 27 F
Apr Temp 28 to 52 F
Jul Temp 53 to 79 F
Oct Temp 31 to 57 F
Annual Precip 40.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Gilford, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Guilford (03249)

Lakeport (03247)

Weirs Beach (03247)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belmont 7,325 $72,539
Gilmanton 3,779 $78,713
Laconia 16,075 $64,330
Meredith 6,325 $80,076
Sanbornton 2,981 $72,429
Wolfeboro 6,234 $68,409

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gilford Public Libraries

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Gilford Public Library
2 BELKNAP MOUNTAIN ROAD
Gilford, New Hampshire
(603) 524-6042
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Gilford High Schools

GILFORD HIGH SCHOOL
88 ALVAH WILSON RD
603-524-7135
Serves 543 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.5

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