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Colebrook, NH

colebrook New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Colebrook
Becky Merrow, Town Manager
17 Bridge Street
Colebrook, NH 03576
Telephone (603) 237-4142
Fax (603) 237-5069
E-mail b-merrow@myfairpoint.net
Web Site www.colebrook-nh.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 7:30 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, 8 am - 4 pm, Wednesday, 8 am - 12 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 am - 3:30 pm

County Coös
Labor Market Area Colebrook, NH-VT LMA, NH part
Tourism Region Great North Woods
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Coös Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 1
State Representative Coös County District 1

Incorporated: 1796
Origin: This territory was first granted to settlers in 1762 by Governor Benning Wentworth, who named it Dryden, after English poet and playwright John Dryden. Among them were Dutch settlers from New York, who were selected in an effort to colonize territory west of the Connecticut River. The New York government also wanted to colonize the territory, and as a result, settlers formed the independent state of Vermont. Dryden grantees failed to meet the prescribed terms, and in 1770, Governor John Wentworth regranted the area to Sir George Colebrooke, Chairman of the British East India Company, and three others. At that time, the town was renamed Colebrook.
Villages and Place Names: Kidderville, Upper Kidderville, Factory Village
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 29 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population in Colebrook decreased by 57, over 53 years, dropping from 2,389 in 1960 to 2,332 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 17 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2013 Census estimate for Colebrook was 2,332 residents, which ranked 128th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 57.2 persons per square mile of land area. Colebrook contains 40.8 square miles of land area and 0.03 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $10,040,530
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $7,185,610
Zoning Ordinance 1957/10
Master Plan 1993
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Cemetery; Library
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation
Public Library Colebrook Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Private
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Upper Connecticut Valley, Colebrook Local 16

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Colebrook Water Works
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.95
2014 Equalization Ratio 103.4
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $30.34
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings71.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings19.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other9.6%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,333
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 790
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 177
Five or More Units in Structure 124
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 242
Total Population Community County
2013 2,332 32,141
2010 2,301 33,055
2000 2,325 33,156
1990 2,453 34,879
1980 2,459 35,014
1970 2,094 34,189
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   1,130 Female:   1,202
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 84
Age 5 to 19 341
Age 20 to 34 243
Age 35 to 54 703
Age 55 to 64 500
Age 65 and over 461
Median Age 49.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 82.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 20.0%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 23,893
Median family income 51,458
Median household income 42,527
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 40,156
Female 28,452
Individuals below the poverty level 13.3%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 1,278 1,165
Employed 1,193 1,111
Unemployed 85.0 54
Unemployment Rate 6.7% 4.6%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 142 140
Average Weekly Wage $562 $804
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 929 855
Average Weekly Wage $453 $595
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,072 996
Average Weekly Wage $467 $624
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 159 166
Average Weekly Wage $510 $611
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,231 1,161
Average Weekly Wage $473 $622
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Colebrook operates grades K-12 SAU 7
Career Technology Center(s): Berlin Regional Career & Tenical Center Region: 2
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8 9-12 1-12
Total Enrollment 271 123 9
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 115
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Berlin

Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital Health care services 143 1970
Colebrook School District Education 90 1900
Town of Colebrook Municipal services 48 1770
Granite Bank Banking services 40 1889
Codet Stitching 33 1992
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 26, 145
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 28; Aut-55 (QC), Exit 21
Distance 49 miles; 43 miles
Railroad State owned line
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Gifford Field, Colebrook
Runway 2,440 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 129 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 13
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 179 miles
Portland, ME 128 miles
Boston, MA 229 miles
New York City, NY 387 miles
Montreal, Quebec 130 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 64.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 11.7%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 12.4%
Other Means 1.5%
Worked at home 10%
Mean Travel Time to Work 19.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 59.1%
Commuting to another NH community 30.7%
Commuting out-of-state 10.2%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Bretton Woods, Jay Peak
Other: Shrine of Our Lady of Grace; Coleman State Park; Beaver Brook Falls; Outdoor Skating Facility

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 05/19/15

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