Gilford, NH
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Gilford is a somewhat small town located in the state of New Hampshire. With a population of 7,167 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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gilford who work in office and administrative support (13.79%), management occupations (10.55%), and healthcare (10.47%).

Another notable thing is that Gilford is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Gilford has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Gilford a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

As is often the case in a small town, Gilford doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The education level of Gilford citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 39.51% of adults in Gilford have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Gilford in 2010 was $39,349, which is upper middle income relative to New Hampshire, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $157,396 for a family of four. However, Gilford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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, French , Italian, and German.

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