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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 info@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 Micro-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 301 residents, from 3,039 in 1960 to 2,738 in 2013. Gorham was one of nine communities that lost population over 53 years. The 2013 Census estimate for Gorham was 2,738 residents, which ranked 114th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 85.8 persons per square mile of land area. Gorham contains 31.9 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $5,405,613
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $5,765,329
Zoning Ordinance 1988/12
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

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time Chief & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service 3 Full-time & volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Androscoggin Valley, Berlin 9 miles 25

Electric Supplier PSNH
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 Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $31.98
2013 Equalization Ratio 93
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $33.81
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings43.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings35.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other21.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,426
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 791
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 293
Five or More Units in Structure 180
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 162
Total Population Community County
2013 2,753 32,096
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) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   1,384 Female:   1,446
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 146
Age 5 to 19 536
Age 20 to 34 489
Age 35 to 54 883
Age 55 to 64 390
Age 65 and over 386
Median Age 41.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 89.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 22%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $28,609
Median family income $64,231
Median household income $45,458
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $43,885
Female $37,222
Individuals below the poverty level 9.7%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 1,609 1,532
Employed 1,533 1,437
Unemployed 76 95
Unemployment Rate 4.7% 6.2%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 87 269
Average Weekly Wage $657 $980
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,738 1,325
Average Weekly Wage $466 $530
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,826 1,594
Average Weekly Wage $475 $606
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 238 251
Average Weekly Wage $631 $718
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 2,064 1,845
Average Weekly Wage $493 $621

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 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 190 101 151
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 230
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Berlin

Wal-Mart Retail store 219 1998
Berlin City Auto Group Car sales, service 193 1983
Royalty Health Club/Inn Health club, motel 27
Town of Gorham Municipal services 55 1836
Family Resource Center Human services 36 1999
Mr. Pizza Restaurant 61
Kelley Trucking Trucking & logging 40
AutoNorth Preowned Superstore, Inc. Car sales, service 46 2010
Gorham Paper & Tissue, LLC Manufacturing 174 2011
Yokohama Restaurant Restaurant 38

(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 Airport
Runway 2,800 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 92 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 13
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 130 miles
Portland, ME 91 miles
Boston, MA 165 miles
New York City, NY 376 miles
Montreal, Quebec 203 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 13.6%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 1.8%
Other Means 0.4%
Worked at home 1.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 40.1%
Commuting to another NH community 54%
Commuting out-of-state 5.9%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
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
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Wildcat
Other: Youth Softball; Moose Tours; Mount Washington Auto Road; Moose Brook State Park; Summer Concert Series; 4th of July Celebration; ATV & Hiking Trails; ATV Festival; Fitness Trails; Art Walks; Wildman Biathalon; Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center; White Mtn National Forest; Medallion Opera House; Gorham Historical Society & Railroad Museum

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 6/18/2014

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