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Chatham, NH

chatham New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Chatham Board of Selectmen
William Perry, Chairman
28 Upper Kimball Road
Chatham, NH 03813
Telephone (603) 662-9680
Fax Not Available
E-mail info@chathamnh.org
Web Site http://chathamnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Tuesday, 5 pm - 7 pm

County Carroll
Labor Market Area Conway, NH-ME LMA, NH part
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Mount Washington Valley Economic Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 3
State Representative Carroll County Districst 2, 7

Incorporated: 1767
Origin: Chatham was first granted by the New Hampshire proprietors in 1767, and named in honor of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham and Prime Minister of England. Pitt was one of few who supported the Rockingham government in saying that England had no right to tax the colonists. None of the 73 grantees dared settle in the wilderness, because it was inhabited by Pequawket Indians. In 1770 the land was granted to new settlers, including Abiel Chandler, founder of the Chandler Scientific School at Dartmouth College, and Samuel Langdon, one time president of Harvard College, who made the famous Blanchard Map of the North Country.
Villages and Place Names: North Chatham, South Chatham
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 58 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Chatham totaled 243 over 54 years, from 150 in 1960 to 393 in 2014. Decennial percent change was 41 percent from 1970 to 1980, 42 percent from 1980 to 1990, and 29 percent from 2000 to 2010; population decreased over all other decades. The 2014 Census estimate for Chatham was 393 residents, which ranked 220th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 6.9 persons per square mile of land area, the seventh lowest among the cities and towns. Chatham contains 56.7 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $182,600
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $965,430
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 1997
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Conservation
Public Library No Library

Emergency Services
Police Department Part-time
Fire Department No
Emergency Medical Service Fryeburg ME - Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Memorial Hospital, North Conway 15 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramNone
Telephone Company Fairpoint; Northland
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access No
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.65
2015 Equalization Ratio 94.2
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.24
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings97.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings0.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.3%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 257
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 210
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 6
Five or More Units in Structure 19
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 22
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 393 47,623
2010 337 47,818
2000 261 43,918
1990 269 35,526
1980 189 27,929
1970 134 18,548
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   201 Female:   192
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 29
Age 5 to 19 60
Age 20 to 34 92
Age 35 to 54 92
Age 55 to 64 57
Age 65 and over 63
Median Age 41.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 32.0%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $27,971
Median family income $70,625
Median household income $52,083
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $41,806
Female $32,750
Individuals below the poverty level 16.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 127 162
Employed 123 153
Unemployed 4 9
Unemployment Rate 3.1% 5.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods 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 Industry
Average Employment 32 5
Average Weekly Wage $447 $911
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 13 0
Average Weekly Wage $14 $0
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 45 5
Average Weekly Wage $323 $911

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are tuitioned to the State of Maine (Fryeburg) SAU 9
Career Technology Center(s): Lakes Region Technology Center (Wolfeboro) Region: 9
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels
Total Enrollment
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Conway

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Log House Design Sewing of outdoor wear apparel 11

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 113B
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95 (ME), Exit 48
Distance 64 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Eastern Slopes, Fryeburg MERunway4,200 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 64 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 6
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 108 miles
Portland, ME 59 miles
Boston, MA 142 miles
New York City, NY 350 miles
Montreal, Quebec 220 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 92.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 2.9%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 3.8%
Other Means 0.5%
Worked at home 0.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 8.7%
Commuting to another NH community 58.6%
Commuting out-of-state 32.7%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Cranmore, Attitash, Shawnee Peek
Other: White Mountain National Forest

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 06/05/15

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