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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 905 over 54 years, from 667 in 1960 to 1,572 in 2014. 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 2014 Census estimate for Orford was 1,572 residents, which ranked 158th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 33.9 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.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $964,307
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $2,553,315
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 417
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 27 miles 25

UTILITIES
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:
BusinessLimited
ResidentialLimited

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.48
2014 Equalization Ratio $107.3
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.41
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings$89.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings$7.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other$2.9%

(ACS 2010-2014) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 690
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 558
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 24
Five or More Units in Structure 19
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 89
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2014 1,572 89,360
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   716 Female:   856
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 84
Age 5 to 19 340
Age 20 to 34 206
Age 35 to 54 478
Age 55 to 64 192
Age 65 and over 272
Median Age 40.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 40.9%

(ACS 2010-2014) ANNUAL INCOME, 2014
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $36,490
Median family income $86,250
Median household income $76,339
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $50,769
Female $38,571
Individuals below the poverty level 6.8%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 670 770
Employed 656 751
Unemployed 14 19
Unemployment Rate 2.1% 2.5%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 113 45
Average Weekly Wage $779 $681
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 69 103
Average Weekly Wage $599 $860
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 182 148
Average Weekly Wage $711 $805
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 85 103
Average Weekly Wage $644 $726
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 268 251
Average Weekly Wage $689 $773
'n' indicates 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): Hartford Area Career & Technology Center (VT); River Bend Career & Technical Center (VT) Region: 4; 7
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels 7-12
Total Enrollment 215
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: -
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
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(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 2010-2014) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 66.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 18.2%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 9.3%
Worked at home 5.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.2 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 19.6%
Commuting to another NH community 64.1%
Commuting out-of-state 16.3%
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, January 2016.
Community Response Received 08/10/15

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