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Orford, NH

orford New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Orford
Deborah Hadlock, Town Clerk
2529 Route 25A
Orford, NH 03777
Telephone (603) 353-4404
Fax (603) 353-4489
E-mail orfordselectmen@orfordnh.us
Web Site www.orfordnh.us

Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator: Monday, Tuesday, 8 am - 4 pm, Wednesday, 1 pm - 5 pm, Friday, 8:30 am - 2 pm; Town Clerk: Tuesday, 1 pm - 6 pm, Wednesday, 10 am - 1 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 11 am

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

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 2
State Representative Grafton County Districts 3, 15

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: This town was chartered in 1761 to Jonathan Moulton and several members of his family. Governor Benning Wentworth gave it the name of Robert Walpole, Earl of Orford, known as the first Prime Minister of England, though that title was not used at the time. One of the town's first settlers, many of who had come from Connecticut, was General Israel Morey. His son Samuel was a prolific inventor who determined a way to separate hydrogen from oxygen in water, using the knowledge to develop the first marine steam engine, testing the first steamboat on the river at Orford.
Villages and Place Names: Gilmans Corner, Merriwood Camp, Orfordville, Quintown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 540 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Orford totaled 787 over 53 years, from 667 in 1960 to 1,454 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 19 percent increase between 1960 and 1970, followed by a 17 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2013 Census estimate for Orford was 1,454 residents, which ranked 163rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 31.3 persons per square mile of land area. Orford contains 46.4 square miles of land area and 1.4 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $276,786
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $3,517,581
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 2001
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget
Public Library Orford Free; Orford Social

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cottage Hospital, Woodsville 20 miles 25
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon 22 miles 388
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 27 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Orford Village District & private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Topsham Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access No
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) $25.70
2013 Equalization Ratio 108.2
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.92
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings89.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings7.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.1%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 658
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 518
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 21
Five or More Units in Structure 19
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 100
Total Population Community County
2013 1,454 89,268
2010 1,237 89,118
2000 1,090 81,826
1990 1,009 74,998
1980 928 65,806
1970 793 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    706 Female:    748
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 89
Age 5 to 19 289
Age 20 to 34 227
Age 35 to 54 401
Age 55 to 64 202
Age 65 and over 246
Median Age 39.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 45.6%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $33,157
Median family income $82,014
Median household income $73,984
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $44,361
Female $41,667
Individuals below the poverty level 5.9%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 661 788
Employed 650 764
Unemployed 11 24
Unemployment Rate 1.7% 3.0%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 117 49
Average Weekly Wage $820 $656
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 75 88
Average Weekly Wage $568 $841
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 191 137
Average Weekly Wage $722 $776
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 55 101
Average Weekly Wage $447 $683
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 246 238
Average Weekly Wage $660 $736

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Rivendell Interstate (Orford NH; Fairlee VT, West Fairlee VT, Vershire VT) SAU 78
Career Technology Center(s): River Bend Career and Technical Center, Bradford VT Region: 4
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels 7-12
Total Enrollment 210
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley; Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Lebanon; Plymouth State University

Rivendell Interstate School Education

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 10, 25A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 15
Distance 3 mile
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dean Memorial, Haverhill
Runway 2,500 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 25 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 86 miles
Portland, ME 127 miles
Boston, MA 137 miles
New York City, NY 290 miles
Montreal, Quebec 189 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 76.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.7%
Public transportation 1.0%
Walked 1.8%
Other Means 3.2%
Worked at home 7.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 24.8%
Commuting to another NH community 71.7%
Commuting out-of-state 3.5%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
X 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
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Dartmouth Skiway
Other: Rivendell Trail

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, March 2015.
Community Response Received 05/23/14

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