Gilford, NH

Gilford profile

Living in Gilford

Gilford is a somewhat small town located in the state of New Hampshire. With a population of 7,233 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Gilford is the 44th largest community in New Hampshire.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Gilford is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Gilford is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gilford who work in sales jobs (14.37%), management occupations (13.91%), and office and administrative support (10.16%).

Also of interest is that Gilford has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Another notable thing is that Gilford is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Gilford’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

Because of many things, Gilford is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Gilford really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Gilford perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Gilford has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Gilford has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Gilford than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Gilford may be for you.

Gilford is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

Gilford is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 41.98% of adults in Gilford have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Gilford in 2018 was $50,245, which is wealthy relative to New Hampshire and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $200,980 for a family of four.

The people who call Gilford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Gilford residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Gilford include English, Irish, French, German, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Gilford is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Chinese.