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Northumberland, NH

northumberland New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Northumberland
Rebecca Craggy, Administrative Assistant
19 Main Street
Groveton, NH 03582
Telephone (603) 636-1450
Fax (603) 636-6098
E-mail b.craggy@northumberlandnh.org
Web Site www.northumberlandnh.weebly.com

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen's Office: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon, last day of month, 8 am - 2 pm

County Coös
Labor Market Area Littleton, NH-VT LMA, NH part
Tourism Region Great North Woods
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 Districts 2, 7

Incorporated: 1779
Origin: This town was first granted in 1761 as Stonington, probably due to Governor Benning Wentworth's relationship with shipbuilding interests in Stonington, Connecticut. By 1767, only a few of the grantees had settled there. The territory was regranted by Governor John Wentworth in 1771 as Northumberland in honor of Hugh Smithson, first Duke of Northumberland. The Duke's son, James Smithson, is remembered for leaving a legacy of more than a half million dollars for the founding of Smithsonian Institution.
Villages and Place Names: Groveton
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 117 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Northumberland had the third largest decrease in numeric population change over 53 years. Population change totaled 396, from 2,586 in 1960 down to 2,190 in 2013. The population decreased over four of the last five decades. The 2013 Census estimate for Northumberland was 2,190 residents, which ranked 134th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 59.6 persons per square mile of land area. Northumberland contains 36.7 square miles of land area and 0.08 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $3,174,117
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015 $5,966,218
Zoning Ordinance 1959/10
Master Plan 2003
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Trust Funds; Treasurer; School; Tax Collection Precinct; Cemetery; Checklist; Auditor
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Recreation; Cemetery Sexton
Public Library Northumberland Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster 11 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Groveton Water System; Lost Nation Water System
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $32.60
2014 Equalization Ratio 102.4
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $36.59
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings60.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings11.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other27.6%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,099
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 778
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 181
Five or More Units in Structure 52
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 88
Total Population Community County
2013 2,190 32,141
2010 2,288 33,055
2000 2,440 33,156
1990 2,495 34,879
1980 2,520 35,014
1970 2,493 34,189
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   1,114 Female:   1,076
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 101
Age 5 to 19 475
Age 20 to 34 325
Age 35 to 54 629
Age 55 to 64 293
Age 65 and over 367
Median Age 43.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 85.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 10.5%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 18,203
Median family income 37,813
Median household income 35,881
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 36,364
Female 28,594
Individuals below the poverty level 15.7%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 1,148 1,079
Employed 1,108 1,008
Unemployed 40.0 71
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 6.6%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 517 10
Average Weekly Wage $873 $444
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 235 158
Average Weekly Wage $422 $552
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 752 168
Average Weekly Wage $732 $545
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 187 156
Average Weekly Wage $403 $622
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 939 324
Average Weekly Wage $666 $582
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Northumberland operates grades K-12 SAU 58
Career Technology Center(s): Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center; White Mountains RHS Region: 3
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 123 94 160
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 40
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State Univerity; Granite State College-Littleton

Perras Ace Hardware store 50 1987
Ocean State Job Lots Department store 50 2006
Prima America Bio/Diesel Fuel Mfg. 16 2010
Normandeau Trucking & Debris Disposal Trash Removal and moving services 15 1996
North Country Shop 'n Save Supermarket 15 2000
Dollar General Department store 8-10 2013
Batch's Convenience Store Convenience store , gas 2015
Speedway 51 Race track 2014
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 110
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 41
Distance 30 miles
Railroad State owned line
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Mt Washington Reg, Whitefield
Runway 4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 99 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 129 miles
Portland, ME 123 miles
Boston, MA 203 miles
New York City, NY 360 miles
Montreal, Quebec 154 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 77.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 16%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 1.5%
Other Means 2.2%
Worked at home 2.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 17.5%
Commuting to another NH community 72.1%
Commuting out-of-state 10.4%
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
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
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
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Wildcat, Bretton Woods, Cannon, Balsams
Other: Meeting House Covered Bridge; Auto Race Track; Train Caboose; Canoe access; ATV Trail; Graymist Fiddle Fest; G.R.E.A.T. Paddle Fest, Street Fair; Snowmobile Trail access; White Mtn Forest Trail; Blessing of the Bikes

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 07/15/15

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