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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 robin03448@gmail.com
Web Site Not Available

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Meeting Monday, 6:30 pm - 8 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 Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 2
State Senate 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 143 over 55 years, from 528 in 1960 to 671 in 2015. The largest decennial percent increase was 17 percent between 1990 and 2000. The 2015 Census estimate for Gilsum was 671 residents, which ranked 208th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2015 (US Census Bureau): 40.3 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, 2015 $713,665
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $1,512,346
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 116

Utilities
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 ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.68
2015 Equalization Ratio 104.4
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.02
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings88.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings6.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.5%

(ACS 2011-2015) Housing
Total Housing Units 374
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 332
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 11
Five or More Units in Structure 3
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 28
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2015 671 76,430
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) 2011-2015
Population by Gender
Male:   354 Female:   317
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 12
Age 5 to 19 97
Age 20 to 34 106
Age 35 to 54 174
Age 55 to 64 172
Age 65 and over 110
Median Age 51.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 88.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 26.3%

(ACS 2011-2015) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $27,225
Median family income $65,625
Median household income $53,125
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $41,597
Female $34,688
Individuals below the poverty level 11.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 426 466
Employed 412 448
Unemployed 14 18
Unemployment Rate 3.3% 3.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2005 2015
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 56 105
Average Weekly Wage $565 $713
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 53 33
Average Weekly Wage $606 $569
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 109 138
Average Weekly Wage $585 $678
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 27 21
Average Weekly Wage $633 $592
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 136 159
Average Weekly Wage $595 $667

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


(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Monadnock Regional (Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Richmond, Roxbury, Swanzey, Troy) SAU 93
Career Technology Center(s): Cheshire Career Center (Keene); Fall Mountain RHS - CTE; Windham RCC (VT) Region: 13
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6
Total Enrollment 48
2016 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 100+ 1996
RJ Sports Fabricated textile products 10+ 1985
Gilsum Village Store General store 4

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality


(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, SwanzeyRunway6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 54 miles
Number of Passenger 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 230 miles
Montreal, Quebec 234 miles

(ACS 2011-2015) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 11.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.8%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 4.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.1 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2011-2015)
Working in community of residence 14.9%
Commuting to another NH community 81.7%
Commuting out-of-state 3.4%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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, April 2017. Community Response Received 06/16/16

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