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Cornish, NH


Cornish New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Cornish
Board of Selectmen
488 Town House Road
Cornish, NH 03745
Telephone (603) 675-5611
Fax (603) 675-5605
E-mail townbos@comcast.net
Web Site www.cornishnh.net

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen, Assessing: Monday, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Friday, 3 pm - 5 pm; Administrative Assistant: Monday, 12:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, closed Wednesday; Town Clerk: Monday through Thursday, 5 pm - 7 pm; Tax Collector: Thursday, 4:30 pm - 7 pm

County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Lebanon NH-VT Micro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 5
State Representative Sullivan County Districts 1, 9

Incorporated: 1765
Origin: Established in 1763, the town was once known as Mast Camp, because it was the shipping point for the tall masts floated down the river by the English for use by the Royal Navy. Cornish was named for Sir Samuel Cornish, a distinguished admiral of the Royal Navy. Cornish is known as a summer resort for artists and writers, with residents including Maxfield Parrish and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Saint-Gaudens' home and studio were named a national historic site in 1964. Cornish also is the site of four covered bridges all on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Cornish-Windsor Bridge, which is the longest two-span covered bridge in the world.
Villages and Place Names: Ballock, Cornish Center, Cornish City, Cornish Flat, Cornish Mills, South Cornish, Squag City
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 982 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Cornish totaled 512 over 52 years, from 1,106 in 1960 to 1,618 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was an 18 percent increase between 1980 and 1990; the smallest change was a two percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2012 Census estimate for Cornish was 1,618 residents, which ranked 156th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 38.9 persons per square mile of land area. Cornish contains 42.1 square miles of land area and 0.7 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2012 $1,021,570
Budget: School Appropriations, 2012 $3,488,699
Zoning Ordinance 1955/12
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Library; Zoning
Public Library George H. Stowell Free

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Mt. Ascutney Hospital, Windsor VT 3 miles 33
Valley Regional, Claremont 10 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop; PSNH; Liberty Utilities
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint; Comcast
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessLimited
ResidentialLimited

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.70
2012 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.55
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.0%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 745
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 643
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 41
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 61
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2012 1,618 43,074
2010 1,640 43,742
2000 1,667 40,560
1990 1,639 38,652
1980 1,390 36,063
1970 1,268 30,949
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   812 Female:   853
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 109
Age 5 to 19 309
Age 20 to 34 204
Age 35 to 54 465
Age 55 to 64 368
Age 65 and over 210
Median Age 45 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 32.5%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $31,235
Median family income $78,500
Median household income $69,196
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $52,344
Female $35,938
Individuals below the poverty level 3.0%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 1,061 1,063
Employed 1,036 1,019
Unemployed 25 44
Unemployment Rate 2.4% 4.1%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 25 n
Average Weekly Wage $567 n
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 56 n
Average Weekly Wage $535 n
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 81 n
Average Weekly Wage $545 n
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 83 74
Average Weekly Wage $520 $695
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 163 n
Average Weekly Wage $532 n
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
Schools students attend: Cornish operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Claremont or the State of Vermont (Windsor and Hartford) SAU 6
Career Technology Center(s): Sugar River Valley RTC, Claremont or Newport Region: 10
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 119
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 42
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Colby-Sawyer; Lebanon

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Cornish Elementary School Education 30 1768
Dingee Machine Company Fire apparatus 7 1979
Cornish Highway Department Highway department 4 1768
10% Solution Convenience store 4 1965
Cornish General Store Convenience store 6 2000

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 12A, 120
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 9
Distance 6 miles
Railroad Amtrak
Public Transportation No
 
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Claremont Municipal
Runway 3,098 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 15 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 90 miles
Portland, ME 182 miles
Boston, MA 141 miles
New York City, NY 252 miles
Montreal, Quebec 200 miles

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 73.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 13.5%
Public transportation 1.4%
Walked 1.1%
Other Means 1.9%
Worked at home 9.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.8 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 15.5%
Commuting to another NH community 66.0%
Commuting out-of-state 18.5%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Sunapee, Mount Ascutney (VT)
   
Other: Cornish Fair; St Gaudens National Historic Site

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, February 2014.
Community Response Received 05/10/13

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