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Gorham, NH

gorham New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Gorham
Robin Frost, Town Manager
20 Park Street
Gorham, NH 03581
Telephone (603) 466-3322
Fax (603) 466-3100
E-mail rfrost@gorhamnh.org
Web Site www.gorhamnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen, Town Manager: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm; Assessing: Monday through Friday, 7:30 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

County Coös
Labor Market Area Berlin, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region White Mountains
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 6

Incorporated: 1836
Origin: This territory was first granted in 1770 as part of Shelburne called Shelburne Addition. Shelburne settlers petitioned the Legislature in 1786 for an addition of land because they felt a large portion of their grant was useless due to the mountains and rocks. It was incorporated as a separate town in 1836 and renamed Gorham at the suggestion of Sylvester Davis, a resident from Gorham, Maine, and a relative of the Gorham family who founded that town in 1764. The Gorham family has long been part of New England history, first settling in Barnstable, Massachusetts, in 1643.
Villages and Place Names: Mount Washington, Upper Village, Cascade, Lead Mines
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 111 residents in 1830
Population Trends: Population change for Gorham decreased by 274 residents, from 3,039 in 1960 to 2,765 in 2014. Gorham was one of ten communities that lost population over 54 years. The 2014 Census estimate for Gorham was 2,765 residents, which ranked 114th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 86.7 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Middleton. Gorham contains 31.9 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $5,932,862
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $5,544,525
Zoning Ordinance 1988/15
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Water & Sewer; Library; Budget
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Town Forest
Public Library Gorham Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time Chief & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service 2 Full-time & volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Androscoggin Valley, Berlin 9 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier PNGTS
Water Supplier Gorham Water Department
Sanitation Gorham Sewer Department
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
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) $29.40
2015 Equalization Ratio 101.8
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $33.62
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings44.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings32.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other22.9%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,452
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 821
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 281
Five or More Units in Structure 186
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 140
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 2,765 32,202
2010 2,848 33,055
2000 2,902 33,156
1990 3,204 34,879
1980 3,322 35,014
1970 2,998 34,189
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   1,298 Female:   1,467
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 162
Age 5 to 19 442
Age 20 to 34 407
Age 35 to 54 827
Age 55 to 64 454
Age 65 and over 473
Median Age 46.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 23.5%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $28,334
Median family income $64,527
Median household income $51,838
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $45,599
Female $39,844
Individuals below the poverty level 7.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 1,597 1,440
Employed 1,545 1,361
Unemployed 52 79
Unemployment Rate 3.3% 5.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 95 241
Average Weekly Wage $696 $818
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,763 1,324
Average Weekly Wage $483 $546
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,858 1,565
Average Weekly Wage $494 $588
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 242 259
Average Weekly Wage $651 $711
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 2,100 1,824
Average Weekly Wage $512 $605

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 Gorham-Randolph-Shelburne Cooperative SAU 20
Career Technology Center(s): Berlin Regional Career & Technical Center Region: 2
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-5 6-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 174 115 138
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 330
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Berlin

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Wal-Mart Retail store 234 1998
Berlin City Auto Group Car sales, service 225 1983
Royalty Health Club/Inn Health club, motel 44
Town of Gorham Municipal services 54 1836
Family Resource Center Human services 52 1999
Mr. Pizza Restaurant 61
Kelley Trucking Trucking & logging 40
AutoNorth Preowned Superstore, Inc. Car sales, service 45 2010
Gorham Paper & Tissue, LLC Manufacturing 115 2011
Yokohama Restaurant Restaurant 38

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 2
State Routes 16
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 35
Distance 35 miles
Railroad St. Lawrence & Atlantic
Public Transportation NCT
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Gorham AirportRunway2,800 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 92 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 6
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 127 miles
Portland, ME 94 miles
Boston, MA 178 miles
New York City, NY 377 miles
Montreal, Quebec 179 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 85.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.5%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 4.5%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 2.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 19.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 39.2%
Commuting to another NH community 58.1%
Commuting out-of-state 2.7%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
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 Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Wildcat, Nansen Ski Club Trails
Other: Youth Softball; Moose Tours; Mount Washington Auto Road; Moose Brook State Park; Summer Concert Series; 4th of July Celebration; ATV Trails; Hiking Trails; ATV Festival; Fitness Trails; Wildman Biathalon; Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center; White Mtn National Forest; Medallion Opera House; Gorham Historical Society & Railroad Museum; Ice Skating Rink: Outdoor Facility; Mountain Bike Trails; Androscoggin Valley Country Club; Summer Park Program; Outdoor Movie Nights

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 06/16/16

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