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Gilsum, NH


gilsum New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Gilsum
Robin L. Cantara, Administrative Assistant
650 Route 10, PO Box 67
Gilsum, NH 03448
Telephone (603) 357-0320
Fax (603) 352-0845
E-mail Not Available
Web Site Not Available

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Meeting Monday, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm; Town Clerk: Tuesday, 4 pm - 7 pm, Wednesday, 8 am - 12 noon; Tax Collector: Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 10
State Representative Cheshire County District 3

Incorporated: 1763
Origin: First granted by the New Hampshire proprietors in 1752, the town was given the name Boyle, after Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington and a distinguished architect. No claims were settled within the prescribed time because of danger from Indian attacks. A new charter was issued in 1763 to Benjamin Sumner, who surveyed the area and established a settlement along with several relatives from Connecticut. One of those settlers was Captain Samuel Gilbert, who became the first moderator. The name Gilsum was adopted in their honor. Gilsum's Lower Village is the site of the much-photographed Stone Arch over the Ashuelot River.
Villages and Place Names: Lower Village, Roundys Corner
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 298 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Gilsum totaled 287 over 53 years, from 528 in 1960 to 815 in 2013. The largest decennial percent increase was 17 percent between 1990 and 2000. The 2013 Census estimate for Gilsum was 815 residents, which ranked 195th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 48.9 persons per square mile of land area. Gilsum contains 16.7 square miles of land area and 0.02 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $702,804
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $1,724,583
Zoning Ordinance 1956/09
Master Plan 2001
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Budget; Trust Funds; Cemetary; Library; Checklist
Appointed:Recreation; Planning; Zoning; Conservation
Public Library Gilsum Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Cheshire County Sheriff & part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 8 miles 140

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
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 ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.94
2013 Equalization Ratio 108.4
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $29.16
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings5.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.4%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 300
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 277
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 3
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 20
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2013 813 76,851
2010 813 77,117
2000 779 73,993
1990 667 70,223
1980 652 62,116
1970 570 52,364
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   295 Female:   247
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 18
Age 5 to 19 55
Age 20 to 34 81
Age 35 to 54 153
Age 55 to 64 140
Age 65 and over 95
Median Age 52.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 88.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 20.4%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $26,855
Median family income $57,273
Median household income $46,696
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $40,833
Female $33,194
Individuals below the poverty level 10.6%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 421 424
Employed 406 401
Unemployed 15 23
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 5.4%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 46 n
Average Weekly Wage $561 n
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 60 n
Average Weekly Wage $510 n
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 106 103
Average Weekly Wage $532 $720
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 27 25
Average Weekly Wage $594 $1,068
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 133 128
Average Weekly Wage $545 $789

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Monadnock Regional (Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Richmond, Roxbury, Swanzey, Troy) SAU 93
Career Technology Center(s): The Cheshire Career Center, Keene; Fall Mountain Regional High School - CTE, Langdon; Windham Regional Career Center, Brattleboro, VT Region: 13
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6
Total Enrollment 31
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 12
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Antioch New England; New England

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
W.S. Badger Co., Inc. Hand lotion, balm 15+ 1996
RJ Sports Fabricated textile products 10+ 1985
Gilsum Village Store General store 4

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 10
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 3 or 5
Distance 25 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
 
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dillant-Hopkins, Swanzey
Runway 6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 54 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 62 miles
Portland, ME 154 miles
Boston, MA 112 miles
New York City, NY 231 miles
Montreal, Quebec 236 miles

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.5%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 2.8%
Other Means 0%
Worked at home 6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 21 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 23.8%
Commuting to another NH community 71.2%
Commuting out-of-state 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
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
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
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Crotched Mountain
   
Other: Gilsum Rock Swap; Old Home Day; Natural Bear Dens

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 7/8/2014

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