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Grantham, NH

grantham New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Grantham
Melissa White, Town Administrator
Grantham Town Building, 300 Route 10 South
Grantham, NH 03753
Telephone (603) 863-6021
Fax (603) 863-4499
E-mail admin@granthamnh.net
Web Site www.granthamnh.net

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen, Town Administrator, Administrative Assistant: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 5 pm, Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 8 am - 5 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8 am - 7 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon, 1 pm - 5 pm, Friday, 8 am - 12 noon, 1 pm - 4 pm

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

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 8
State Representative Sullivan County Districts 1, 9

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: Grantham was named for Thomas Robinson, first Baron Grantham, an active supporter of American independence. He was known as a diplomat in Europe and was one of Great Britain's first postmaster-generals. The area was first granted in 1761, the same year Robinson received his peerage. No settlers took up that claim, and the land was regranted in 1767 as New Grantham. In 1780, the western portion of Grantham and the eastern portion of Plainfield were made into the parish of Meriden, a name the region bears today. The town was incorporated as New Grantham in 1788, and incorporated as Grantham in 1818.
Villages and Place Names: Eastman Community
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 333 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Grantham totaled 2,628 over 53 years, from 332 in 1960 to 2,960 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was 92 percent between 1970 and 1980, followed by increases of 77 and 75 percent, respectively over the next two decades. The 2013 Census estimate for Grantham was 2,960 residents, which ranked 109th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 108.9 persons per square mile of land area. Grantham contains 27.2 square miles of land area and 0.9 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015-2016 $4,574,494
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $8,324,191
Zoning Ordinance 1990/13
Master Plan 2005
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Trust Funds
Appointed:Conservation; Zoning; Recreation Park; Energy; Open Space; Capital Improvements Projects
Public Library Dunbar Free

Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
New London Hospital, New London 11 miles 25
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 16 miles 25
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon 18 miles 417

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Eastman Village District & private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.27
2014 Equalization Ratio 113.4
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.25
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings96.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.0%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,600
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,468
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 121
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 11
Total Population Community County
2013 2,960 43,183
2010 2,985 43,742
2000 2,180 40,560
1990 1,249 38,652
1980 704 36,063
1970 366 30,949
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   1,461 Female:   1,499
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 137
Age 5 to 19 538
Age 20 to 34 297
Age 35 to 54 855
Age 55 to 64 591
Age 65 and over 542
Median Age 45.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 53.3%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 41,014
Median family income 98,456
Median household income 96,810
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 63,967
Female 56,534
Individuals below the poverty level 2.8%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 1,345 1,638
Employed 1,304 1,591
Unemployed 41.0 47
Unemployment Rate 3.0% 2.9%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 144 43
Average Weekly Wage $623 $771
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 219 215
Average Weekly Wage $485 $701
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 363 258
Average Weekly Wage $540 $713
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 28 45
Average Weekly Wage $643 $553
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 391 303
Average Weekly Wage $547 $689
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Grantham operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Lebanon SAU 75
Career Technology Center(s): Hartford Area Career & Technology Center (VT) Region: 7
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6
Total Enrollment 226
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 117
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Colby-Sawyer; Lebanon

Eastman Community Association Housing, development 32 1971
Yankee Barn Homes Specialty home builder 17 2011
Rum Brook Market Grocery store, deli, gas 15 2002
Grantham Indoor, Inc Indoor sports facility 4 1999
Lake Sunapee Bank Banking services 4
Sugar River Bank Banking services 4
Sugar River Animal Hospital Veterinary services 4 2013
G. H. Evarts Lumber Mill   2012
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 10, 114
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 13 - 14
Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Parlin Field, Newport
Runway 3,450 ft. asphalt
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 20 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 58 miles
Portland, ME 150 miles
Boston, MA 108 miles
New York City, NY 283 miles
Montreal, Quebec 202 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 70.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 19.1%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 0.7%
Other Means 4.5%
Worked at home 4.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 21.4%
Commuting to another NH community 67.6%
Commuting out-of-state 11%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
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 Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Sunapee
Other: Grantham Indoor Sports Facility; Camps

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 06/08/15

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