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Orford, NH


Orford New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Orford
Louise Mack, 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, 2 pm - 7 pm, Wednesday, 5 pm - 7 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 11 am

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

Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 1
State Senate 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 567 over 52 years, from 667 in 1960 to 1,234 in 2012. 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 2012 Census estimate for Orford was 1,234 residents, which ranked 175th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 26.5 persons per square mile of land area. Orford contains 46.6 square miles of land area and 1.4 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $276,786
Budget: School Appropriations, Not Available
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 2001
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Budget
Appointed:Conservation
Public Library Orford Free; Orford Social

EMERGENCY SERVICES
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

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; 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:
BusinessLimited
ResidentialLimited

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.83
2012 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.00
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings89.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings7.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.3%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 674
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 529
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 11
Five or More Units in Structure 30
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 104
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2012 1,234 89,181
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) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   736 Female:   715
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 103
Age 5 to 19 276
Age 20 to 34 217
Age 35 to 54 418
Age 55 to 64 179
Age 65 and over 258
Median Age 40 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 42.1%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $32,673
Median family income $87,500
Median household income $74,022
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $44,375
Female $41,000
Individuals below the poverty level 6.2%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 671 804
Employed 657 773
Unemployed 14 31
Unemployment Rate 2.1% 3.9%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 116 45
Average Weekly Wage $707 $674
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 76 84
Average Weekly Wage $560 $767
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 192 129
Average Weekly Wage $649 $735
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 52 106
Average Weekly Wage $420 $635
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 244 234
Average Weekly Wage $600 $690
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
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 233
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 9
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley; Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Lebanon; Plymouth State University

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
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

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 71.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 21.0%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.7%
Other Means 3.2%
Worked at home 4.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.9 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 14.5%
Commuting to another NH community 71.5%
Commuting out-of-state 14.0%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
Museums
Cinemas
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, February 2014.
Community Response Received 05/13/13

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